Instructor: Dr Laurent Folliot
In the wake of geo-critical and transnational studies, notably, scholars of Romanticism have been paying sustained attention to its geographical coordinates and imagination. The aims of this seminar are to provide a synthesis of recent research and approaches, and to pay special attention to the dialectic whereby Romanticism simultaneously or alternately embraced the significance of place as vital to its political and cultural soul-searching, and undermined its stability in its quest for self-transcendence and/or higher intensities. Areas for consideration might include the impact of topographical and antiquarian discourses on the exploration of the local/parochial in Romantic verse and prose, the ongoing reconfiguration of the European and global literary maps during the Napoleonic and post-revolutionary eras, as well as the tension between imperial and deterritorializing impulses at the heart of Romantic re-imaginings of world history.
Writing Place in Britain
Read either of the following pairs of items:
William Gilpin, Observations, Relative Chiefly to Picturesque Beauty [on] the Mountains, and Lakes, of Cumberland, and Westmorland (1786), vol. I, sect. ix-xiii, p. 117-198 (accessible online)
William Wordsworth, An Evening Walk (1793)
Thomas Dunham Whitaker, The History and Antiquity of the Deanery of Craven, in the County of Yorkshire (1812), p. 1-18 (Introduction), 361-428, 446-51 (accessible online)
William Wordsworth, The White Doe of Rylstone (1815)
Redrawing Europe’s Cultural Map
Browse liberally, if possible, from the following items:
Romanticism as Global Hermeneutics?
Read at least one of the following items:
Secondary Reading (optional)
Laura Bandiera and Diego Saglia (eds.), British Romanticism and Italian Literature: Translating, Reviewing, Rewriting. Leiden: Brill, 2005.
Christoph Bode and Jacqueline Labbe (eds.), Romantic Localities: Europe Writes Place. London: Pickering & Chatto, 2010.
Evan Gottlieb, Romantic Globalism: British Literature and the Modern World-Order, 1750-1830. Columbus: Ohio UP, 2014.
Nigel Leask, Anxieties of Empire: British Romantic Writers and the East, Cambridge UP, 1993.
Fiona Stafford, Local Attachments : The Province of Poetry. Oxford UP, 2010.