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0215-0217 Notes

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0215-0217 Notes EN 206

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Date Created: 02/17/16
Wednesday, February 17, 2016 0217 Lecture Notes Victoria Literature I. Victorian period (1832-1901) A. Reform Bill (1832): extends the right to vote to all males who own property worth 10 lbs a year. Raises the number of people who can vote form 2% to 3%. But it is the first reform that expands the definition of who can vote. - redistributes the representation in the house of commons, represents the interest of the middle class. B. Victoria (1837): middle class values, embodies middle class ideals. 1. middle class completes its rise B. Industrialization 1. steam engines, steamboats, railroads - Britain has a huge manufacturing advantage over other countries C. empire 1. built on commerce: trades resources and builds commercial relationships 2. absent-minded imperialists: empire isn’t planned, just sort of happens D. Utilitarianism: theory that quantity of human happiness is the ultimate yard stick for evaluation the human action // a very secular way of determining the definition of good and evil // if something can’t be measured then it can’t exist? 1. Bentham and Mill 2. Society as general happiness engine // lose anything spiritual or ethical about life E. Religious Doubt (struggle) 1. authors want to believe and struggle to do so // byproduct of utilitarianism, very worldly culture 2. utilitarianism, new sciences make everything immutable // geology becomes a idea that is a continual process // darwin emerges F. function of literature? 1. a secular guide for the spirit? ll. Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881) A. was influenced by German literature 1 Wednesday, February 17, 2016 B. thinks history is driven by great men C. thought of men of letters as heroes 1. Great people shape history, not everyone. Heroes are needed to rise at crucial points and tell the rest of society what to do // sees himself as a hero. D. wrote jeremiads (prophetic rants) // oratorical kind of style E. had an enormous influence Signs of the Times (1829): - laments the mechanical age // steam engine - laments mechanical education and religion // attempt to do something systemically, not personally. - opposes utilitarianism 2 Monday, February 15, 2016 0215 Lecture Notes John Keats I. Introduction to John Keats A. 1795-1821 1. middle class dissenting London family a) father runs a success stable, and dies when Keats is very young b) Mother dies when Keats is 14 of tuberculosis 2. No classical Languages a) from a dissenter family so he is not prepared to go to Oxford b) becomes a member of a very liberal society 3. Apothecary a) becomes an apothecary, mix of a doctor and pharmacist. 4. ‘Cockney School’ a) a set of liberal writers. b) biased term that is applied to urban middle class poets 5. Tuberculosis a) Keats also sees his brother die of tuberculosis b) he also contract tuberculosis, and lives for a year with it. After he realizes he has tuberculosis he does not write any more poetry. c) writes an elegy for Keats. * there is a myth that Keats died from “bad reviews” ll. Poetic Career: 1. a legendary figure in literally history 2. development of poetic craft 1 Monday, February 15, 2016 3. 1819 annus mirabilis lll. To Autumn: - Shakespearean quatrain (abab) - Petrarchan sestet +1 (cdedcce; cdecdde; cdecdde) 2


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