WiSe 12/13: S-Surveying English Literatures II: William Blake and the Beginnings of English Romanticism
Kai Martin Wiegandt
William Blake was the first and most original of the Romantic poets, but his poetry is also deeply influenced by prominent political and religious discourses of his times, for example by the ... Lesen Sie weiter
William Blake was the first and most original of the Romantic poets, but his poetry is also deeply influenced by prominent political and religious discourses of his times, for example by the anti-slavery movement and religious non-conformism. Blake's poetry is an early engagement with themes that will become central for Romanticism: imagination, history, childhood, the sublime, the artist as prophet, individual experience and the idea of the organic as opposed to the mechanic, to name only a few. After reading Blake's Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience as well as some of his prophetic poems, we will look at poems by Wordsworth, Coleridge, Shelley and Keats to trace Romanticism's later development, and will consider the influence of the French Revolution and of Napoleon on the literary production of the period. Most poems we will discuss are contained in The Norton Anthology of English Literature, others will be put on Blackboard.
Participants will have to meet the usual requirements. Regular attendance and a presentation
in class are obligatory; credits can be acquired by submitting a paper on a specialised topic. English is spoken in class. Your language skills should be at the C1 level or higher according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
Students are required to buy the following book before the first week of the semester:
The Norton Anthology of English Literature, vol. 2. Ed. Stephen Greenblatt. New York: Norton, 2006.