Romanticism, Spring 2009
By Timothy Morton
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The Romantic period witnessed the birth of major new forms of writing and thinking that are still relevant today. The social transition from an age of commerce and colonialism to an era of industry and imperialism radically changed the entire surface of the world. Sciences that we take for granted were born: ecology, biology, psychology. Adam Smith wrote his work on capitalism and the politics of working class was born, though it was not yet called socialism. This was the age of William Blake and Mary Shelley, of Jane Austen and William Wordsworth, of Coleridge and Keats and Mary Wollstonecraft. This class will give you a sense of what the period looked like and felt like (and sounded like); and a feel for the ideas it established about poetry, society and nature, which are still with us. In particular, we'll be concentrating on how Romantic literature generated many of the ecological ideas that are with us today.
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||William Blake: Are You Experienced? 1||William Blake: Are You Experienced? 1||4/5/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||William Blake: The Politics of Innocence 2||William Blake: The Politics of Innocence 2||4/6/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||William Blake: Are You Experienced? 2||William Blake: Are You Experienced? 2||4/8/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||William Blake: What is Coexistence?||William Blake: What is Coexistence?||4/10/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||Jane Austen: Narrative and Interiority 1||Jane Austen: Narrative and Interiority 1||4/13/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||Jane Austen: Narrative and Interiority 2||Jane Austen: Narrative and Interiority 2||4/15/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||A Materialist Theory of Reading||A Materialist Theory of Reading||4/18/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||Jane Austen: Narrative and Interiority 3||Jane Austen: Narrative and Interiority 3||4/24/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||William Wordsworth: Radical Poetics||William Wordsworth: Radical Poetics||4/27/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||William Wordsworth: Green Poetics||William Wordsworth: Green Poetics||4/30/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||William Wordsworth: Dark Ecology||William Wordsworth: Dark Ecology||5/1/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||William Wordsworth: Eco-Elegy||William Wordsworth: Eco-Elegy||5/4/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||Ecological Coleridge: "It Happens"||Ecological Coleridge: "It Happens"||5/6/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||Ecological Coleridge: Poetry as Algorithm||Ecological Coleridge: Poetry as Algorithm||5/11/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||John Clare: It's Not Easy Being Green||John Clare: It's Not Easy Being Green||5/11/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||Ecological Coleridge: Queer Materiality||Ecological Coleridge: Queer Materiality||5/13/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||De Quincey: Romantic Consumerism 1||De Quincey: Romantic Consumerism 1||5/16/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||De Quincey: Romantic Consumerism 2||De Quincey: Romantic Consumerism 2||5/17/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||John Keats: Romantic Consumerism 3||John Keats: Romantic Consumerism 3||5/18/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||Beautiful Soul Syndrome||Beautiful Soul Syndrome||5/19/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||Percy Shelley: Reimagining Nature||Percy Shelley: Reimagining Nature||5/20/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||The Poetics of Protein||The Poetics of Protein||5/29/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||Frankenstein: Monsters R Us 1||Frankenstein: Monsters R Us 1||6/1/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
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This is the most engaging, illuminating, rigorous and frequently hilarious English course I could possibly hope for. It simutaneously upholds analytic and academic traditions and techniques while always feeling out on a limb, eyes affixed on the abyss. The course is tailored perfectly for iTunes University, i.e. seemless transitions from one lecture to the next, you can hear the comments and questions from the students in the room, and the luxury of having 'pause' and 'rewind' to sink your brain's teeth deeper and deeper.
This lesson sparks my interest intensely . I am a consumer window shopping to become a consumerist in many areas of my life . Very engaging :-)
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