The historical period known as Georgian England runs from 1714-1830. That period encompassed a time of extraordinary change: Great Britain has by 1800 arguably become the most powerful nation in the world; it had gained an empire in the new world that it then lost with the American Revolution; cities (especially London) grew explosively; the IGeorgian England is a dynamic moment in British history. It covers the literature, life, and history during the reign of four King Georges (1714-1830). It was a time of the revival of Greek classicism’s serenity and in contrast a time of explosive revolutions. It begins with conservative ideas and values and ends with radical ones which challenge conventional gender constructions, social hierarchies, slavery, women’s rights, and tyranny. Nature and Poetry reign supreme!
Possible texts include novels by Austen and Mary Shelley and poetry by Finch, Pope, Swift, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, and Shelley.
Taught by John Stevenson ONLINE during August 3 - August 20, 2020.