Unit 3 :
The Spirit of Individualism (1800–1855)
The selections in Unit Three both celebrate individualism and explore its dark side. In Part 1, poems, short stories, and essays reveal the rebellious ideas and beliefs that marked the movement known as romanticism. Crumbling mansions, mad scientists, and horrifying hallucinations abound in Part 2, which focuses on horror stories and their fascination with evil and the supernatural. Click through the links and activities below to further explore the literature, authors, and history presented in this unit.