The Transatlantic 19th Century. This course will approach Anglophone literature—literary and cultural texts in English from 1800 to 1900—via identifiable “points of intersection.” Its working hypothesis is that global British literature and literatures of the Americas can and should be studied through shared interests, forms and languages. Starting from these commonalities, we will investigate track the roots/routes they have taken over time, searching out their particularities, exploring their differences. From Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein to Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Nature, we will set our sights on understanding four interests that strongly influence the period: Self, Nation, Invention and Expansion. Other authors include: Oscar Wilde, Herman Melville, Jane Austen, Mark Twain , Charles Darwin and Karl Marx.