Experiments in Epic Poetry

Autumn 2016-2017


Alexis Chema

A course devoted to reading in full a small number of Romanticism’s important long narrative poems: Shelley’s Prometheus Unbound, Wordsworth’s The Prelude, Byron’s Don Juan, and Barrett Browning’s Aurora Leigh. We’ll think about the conventions and aims of epic poetry and we’ll ask how (and why) these works reinvent a very old genre. (C, F)