eurydicebound: (Jane Eyre)
So, if I'm going to have this as an academic focus, I need to have some idea of who I want to specialize in. Makes sense, right? That said, I don't think I've put that much thought into it yet, other than to focus on who I don't want to focus in. :) Not as helpful as one might think.

Now, I also like the Enlightenment. This comes into play when I start looking as some of the influences in the period, but I need to get more authors to really start putting my ideas together. That'll take research, and that takes time -- time when I'm not trying to get caught up on my current readings, you see.

So, offhand people I like:

Blake (sort of -- my initial reaction to Blake is "wow, he was completely insane." And yet, I could teach him and not get bored with him; I kinda like his crazy.)
Shelley (Mary)
Shelley (Percy, at least because how can you study Byron and Mary Shelley and not her husband?

From the period there's also Jane Austen, of course, though she's hardly a Romantic author. And yet, there are influences there...

Also, Edmund Burke, William Godwin, Charles Brockden Brown, Goerthe, Voltaire, Carlyle, Gibbon, Longinus, Paine, Swift, Pope

Of course, if we're looking at later Victorian Romanticists, then there's the Americans: Hawthorne and Poe, specifically, but there are almost assuredly others that I'm not thinking of. Not to mention the Brontes -- which are not American, obviously.

My brain then wants to make leaps to the British Arts and Crafts movement and those wacky Pre-Raphealites, but that's jumping rather firmly into Victorian literature, I think. Probably outside the scope of an academic specialty. We'll see.

Hmm. I think I'm probably making too long a list. I suppose it's not bad for a start, though... I can break it down further with time and research.

Date: 2010-09-02 10:09 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile]
I love the hell out of Blake. There's wonder in that crazy.

Date: 2010-09-03 04:29 am (UTC)From: [identity profile]
Well, here's something to consider: focusing upon one of those authors who hasn't had a buttload written about them. You could be a trailblazer for scholarship. :)

(Though if you'd like help just narrowing that list, how about Mary Shelley, Goethe, Poe, or Washington Irving?)


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