ENGL 4909 Advanced Seminar: Sensibility, Sentiment, and Sensation in the 19th Century (Spring: 3 )
What is feeling too much, or too little? Can the mind be separated from the body? Is the brain a purely material explanation for our thoughts? Are emotions gendered? These questions animated nineteenth-century thinkers and writers, and remain puzzling today. This course will move roughly chronologically through three nineteenth-century British accounts of the relationship between thoughts and feelings: sensibility, sentiment, and sensation. Our texts will include three central novels (Austen's Sense and Sensibility, Dickens's A Christmas Carol, and Collins's The Woman in White), a range of poems and reviews, and medical, psychological, and philosophical treatises.
Instructor(s): Maia McAleavey
Last Updated: 24-Jun-17