- Monique Morgan
- Days and Times
- MW 12:20 - 1:10p, F 11:15a - 12:05p OR 12:20 - 1:10p (3 CR)
- Course Description
Topic: Character and Action
This course offers a broad overview of British and American literature in the 18th and 19th centuries – an era of empire, industry, and revolution, which produced modern democratic states and modern notions of selfhood. We will explore relationships between character and action, in terms of both cultural conceptions of individual identity and social relations, and formal techniques of characterization and plot, through examples from a range of genres and literary movements. Readings will include novels by Jonathan Swift, Mary Shelley, Herman Melville, Charles Dickens, and Henry James, and an array of poems, short stories, and non-fiction prose. Evaluation will be based on quizzes, two exams, two short essays, and regular participation in class discussion.