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In this course, we will read a series of particularly intriguing texts, written between 1700 and the present in Britain. These texts—poetry, novels, novellas, satire, and memoir—highlight all kinds of issues that were central to this expansive historical period. We’ll study major cultural shifts, as we think about politics, art, race, gender, and, most specifically, the idea of the journey. As we will see in this course, Britons were constantly on the move, travelling around the world, but also exploring the sometimes unsettling landscape of the mind.
Alexander Pope, Essay on Man & Other Poems, Dover.
Eliza Haywood, Fantomina & Other Works, Broadview.
Jonathon Swift, Gulliver’s Travels, Broadview.
Wordsworth and Coleridge, Lyrical Ballads 1798 & 1800, Broadview.
Mary Seacole, The Wonderful Adventures of Mrs. Seacole in Many Lands, Penguin.
Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse, Houghton Mifflin.
T.S. Eliot, The Wasteland and Other Poems, Broadview.
Salman Rushdie, Haroun and the Sea of Stories, Penguin.