Nov 13, 2018  
2016-2017 HillBook (Class of 2020) 
2016-2017 HillBook (Class of 2020) [ARCHIVED HILL BOOK]

ENG 100/147 - Romanticism and How to Live (Core/First-Year Seminar)

Three or Four Credits
Fall and Spring Semesters

This cornerstone literature course reads major texts of the Romantic Age as explorations of paths toward the good life, broadly and diversely construed. Works by authors such as Blake, Wordsworth, Godwin, the Shelleys, Keats, and Austen will be read and analyzed in terms of the insights they provide on large and relevant topics such as justice, science, beauty, violence, among others; while responses to these Romantics texts from the Victorian Age through the present will be considered as well. We will not only learn to read Romantic texts carefully and thoroughly, but we will also begin to grasp the legacy of Romanticism in the present – such as, for example, how Godwin’s dilemma in “Political Justice” (whom would you save from a burning house if you had to choose between X and Y) provides the opening set-piece for Michael Sandel’s influential contemporary exploration of justice.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 147 is a First-Year Seminar and open to First-Year Students only.
When offered as ENG 100, for 3-credits, fulfills the Literature Cornerstone Requirement.
When offered as ENG 147, for 4-credits, fulfills the First-Year Seminar and Literature Cornerstone Requirements.