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Heroism, isolation, terror and awe, sentimentality, monsters, the sublimity of nature and the battle for human and national liberation: Romanticism was not just an artistic movement but an approach, a revolutionary change in sensibility that profoundly shaped how we write, make art and think about the world. In this course we'll read primary texts from the era: poems, letters, essays, manifestos and novels from such writers as William Blake, Mary Shelley, Samuel Taylor Coleridge and John Keats,among others. We will also look at critical responses from contemporaries and successors of the Romantics, as well as scholarship and criticism from our present time.