Travel back to the Romantic period (1780s-1820s) and explore the literary works of at least three Romantic writers, such as Mary Wollstonecraft, Ann Radcliffe and Mary Shelley. Pioneers of early feminism, Gothic literature, and the inventor of the famous “Frankenstein’s Monster,” these writers influenced their contemporaries, including some New England writers. We will read excerpts, discuss the literature and aspects of their lives, and write short creative nonfiction/memoir pieces in response to writing prompts. We will also read excerpts from Maine/New England women writers from the 19th century, too, such as Sarah “Sally” Wood, Maine’s first novelist. This class is open to anyone who likes to read and is curious about these Romantic writers!
Romanticism Writers & Short Memoir Writing
with Leah Stetson
January 19th to March 2nd, 2021