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The Arctic Sublime

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L. Nayder

Course Long Title

The Arctic Sublime


Now the focus of grave concerns over climate change, the Arctic generated a different set of anxieties in the nineteenth century. Perceived as strange and terrifying, and deadly to those who tried to chart and conquer it, the region was a source of the sublime; its inhuman greatness both inspired and appalled. Drawing on various genres, students examine the "Arctic sublime," considering its artistic and ideological purposes for Romantics and Victorians. Works include Coleridge's "Rime of the Ancient Mariner," Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, and Poe's Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym as well as works of visual art and selections from nineteenth-century theorists of the sublime. Prerequisite(s): one 100-level English course.

Modes of Inquiry

Analysis and Critique [AC]

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Departmental Course Attributes - Major/Minor Requirements

(English: Post-1800)

INDS Program Relationship

IDEU - EUS Program