2019-2020 Academic Catalog 
    Dec 01, 2022  
2019-2020 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

ENG 263 - Traumatic Tales: British Romantic Literature and Nationhood

This course examines the formation of British national identity through its troubling origins in women’s subordination, class hierarchy, slavery, colonial rule and imperialism. Focusing on the slave narrative, confessional poetry and the political and domestic novel, this seminar will explore the ways in which Romantic writers attempted (and often failed) to articulate an alternative national narrative against the national hegemony, which erased state acts of exploitation and terror. To better understand the concept of national trauma, we will also read extensively in psychoanalytic and critical social theory related to genocide, accidents and torture. For undergraduate English majors this course satisfies the Period (D-2) or the Theory (E) requirement.


Anticipated Terms Offered: Periodically