Welcome to two centuries of British Literature! Much of our discussion this semester will be focused on close readings of some of the greatest poems, plays, and novels published in Britain and Ireland between 1800 and 2011. But because literature and culture are always intertwined, and because this is a period of immense cultural change, we will also be considering how literature has been shaped by extra-literary forces, such as the industrial revolution, the expansion and retraction of the British empire, two world wars, and new technologies.

On this site, you will be able to retrieve topics for the essays as well as the syllabus and course policies.