From William Godwin’s Things as They Are, or The Adventures of Caleb Williams (1794): Among my melancholy reflections I tasked my memory, and counted over the doors, the locks, the bolts, the chains, the massy walls, and grated windows that were between me and liberty. ‘These,’ said I, ‘are the engines that tyranny sits down in cold …

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My “Topics in Romanticism” course met last Thursday evening for the first time this semester. Since we convene only once a week, I decided we should use the first class to introduce ourselves to the term “romanticism” and to the topics we will be investigating over the next several weeks. After going over the syllabus and …

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My “Topics in Romanticism” course met last Thursday evening for the first time this semester. Since we convene only once a week, I decided we should use the first class to introduce ourselves to the term “romanticism” and to the topics we will be investigating over the next several weeks. After going over the syllabus and the required texts, I …

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