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Lecture/Reading Notes 1/20/16

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Lecture/Reading Notes 1/20/16 EN 206

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Lecture notes from class and a few notes on the assigned readings previously!
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Date Created: 01/14/16
Wednesday, January 20, 2016 EN 206 // The Romantic Period (3-27//183-207) • Burke is the central figure in the period • The desire of the figures is to continue the momentum of the glorious revolution • The Glorious Revolution of 1688 - considered glorious for lack of bloodshed. - only entails the transition of power through secret negotiations between William and Marry and Parliament - also considered glorious because of the negotiations of parliament enforcing the Bill of Rights. Turns monarch into a strictly executive function. - Bill of Rights sets England apart from other countries. - Following the revolution, Britain experiences a commerce explosion—-> resulting in a large wealthy middle class tradesmen - Dissenters: a non-anglican protistan (unitarian/quaker). Do very well in the new social layout because of their work ethic and interest in business and trade. - Even though they are incredibly wealthy tradesmen they are not allowed to vote or participate in political events because of their belief. - During the romantic period there is a unskilled working class who identify as this (no masters) • Riots of 1870 - previously organized and ran by political figures to protest political discontent. - Mob takes control of self and starts burning the houses of the rich, this continues for 6 years. - Working class shows open hatred for industrialization bc of job lost • The French Revolution 1 Wednesday, January 20, 2016 A. Terrifies the British bc of how similar the two countries are. Implementing democracy from the bottom up had never been heard of. 1. Dramatic moment for literary history bc it is the rising/explosion of the oppressed. B. Sets off a vicious pamphlet war/circulation 1. Considered the child of the invention of the printing press. Anyone could learn to read and have access to books. 2. Sunday School Movement: implemented to teach children to read and get them off the streets/factories. Drastically increased literacy rates in the working class people. 3. Thomas Pains Rights of Man helps trigger political discourse within the people who are not represented in parliament. *** Britain does not have a revolution like France because they learn how to settle arguments through the press. Their strong belief in freedom of press allows people to have political debates I. Richard Price, A Discourse of the Love of Our Country A. Dissenting (Unitarian// not anglican) minister B. Enlightenment, Religions and political leader 1. idea of a new world upon us is carried throughout the revolution C. France following England’s example (1688) D. famous because Burke picked on him • Celebrates: the diffusion of knowledge/ rights of man better understood/ liberty/reason and conscience Goes out: Superstition and Error/Slavery/dominion of kings and priests • ll. Edmund Burke, Reflections on the Revolution in France: A. lightning rod for radicals - Puts himself in a position to be the center of attack B.experience over reason 2 Wednesday, January 20, 2016 - You can’t form a society form a theory- society evolves over time. Time test new ideas// allowing for the good ones to stay while the bad ones leave. - This is why he says the current British political model (monarchy/constitution) is the best. Because it has lasted and works. C. inheritance of rights - Rights practiced through the British Constitution. If you have a right under the constitution…it is because the constitution gave it to you, no natural rights D. rhetorical masterpiece - emphasis on inheritance, family, forefathers. hinting that the Constitution should be preserved and protected like it was by the forefathers E. family matters - mostly for aristocrats who have meaningful lineage. but also ties society to the constitution - If you want good citizens they should love their country. F. ‘Enlightenment’ masks barbaric self-interest - He is not trying to win a rational debate. Rather he wants to appeal to you feelings. - He DOESN’T want to use reason because that is the tactic of his enemy. Rather he wants to evoke sympathy for royals. It is easier to evoke empathy for characters rather than trying to explain reason to a poorly literate society. 3 Friday, January 15, 2016 0120 Romantic Period(pg.3-27/183-207) I. The Romantic Period • The Romantic Period is by far the shortest in British literary history • Other literary periods are named after( are have timelines put in place based on) reigns of monarchs (ex. Victorian age or Elizabethan age) or after the opening or closing of centuries. The romantic period is neither// it’s name is strongly associated with a major reform in British Parliament • It is the first and only to be named after a literary form// romance • Six key figures in this ear: Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Shelley, and Keats. ll. Revolution and Reaction • England shifted from an agricultural society to a industrial society, this caused the revolution • many aristocrats were fighting against the imported revolutionary ideologies ——-> led to the repression of traditional liberties pas 183-207 I. Richard Price A. A Discourse on the Love of Our Country 1. The right to liberty of conscience in religious matters//The right to resist power when abused/ The right to choose our own governors; to cashier them for misconduct; and to frame a government for ourselves 2. right of all citizens to be equally eligible to pubic offices, not just religious officials ll. Edmund Burke A.Reflections on the Revolution in France 1


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