Dr. Catherine E. Ross, PhD
ENGL 5323, Fall 2010 Course Syllabi
Dr. Catherine Ross
Office: BUS 242
Office Hours: Tues. 2-4 PM, 5-6 PM, Thurs. 2-4, and by appointment
Office Telephone: 903-566-7275
Always read introductory materials and all footnotes, when appropriate, I may also refer you to materials on Longman’s website: www.myliteraturekit.com
Tues. 8/31 In Class: Course introduction, film about the French Revolution and the Spirit of the Age
Hmwk: Read in Longman Anthology “The Romantic Period at a Glance” (p. 3- 6), Introduction (p. 7-33), Perspectives: “The Rights of Man and the Revolution Controversy” (p. 104-161), and excerpts from Wordsworth’s Prelude regarding his experiences in France and with the French Revolution (p. 466-490).[110 pp. total]. Background reading in Roe: Introduction (p. 1-12), Chap. 1 “The Historical Context” (p. 15-26) and Chap. 19 “Romantic Forms: An Introduction” (p. 275-285). Also, read at least one of the chapters from Part II Reading Romanticism. These are chapters about how various critical perspectives are used to study this period. Topics include “New Historicism,” “Feminism,” “Post-colonialism,” and “ Formalism.”
Tues. 9/7 In Class: French Revolution, Spirit of the Age, Revolution Controversy and related Wordsworth Prelude readings. Student discussion leader:______________________
Hmwk: Read in Longman Anthology, Blake’s Songs of Innocence and Experience (p. 163-188), Marriage of Heaven and Hell (p. 188-201), letters (p. 209-213), “Visions of the Daughters of Albion” (p 202-208). Be sure to look at facsimile copies of the plates for the Songs; these can be found online with an image search. See also “All Religions Are One” and “There Is No Natural Religion [a] & [b]” on Longman’s web site: (www.myliteraturekit.com). [48 pp. total] Background readings in Roe: Chap. 2 “The Literary Background” (p. 27-37, Chap. 3 “Classical Inheritances” (p. 38-48), and Chap. 5 “The Visual Arts and Music” (p. 62-76)
Tues. 9/14 In Class: Last turn-in date for biography project reading plan. Blake Songs of Innocence and Experience, Marriage of Heaven and Hell, Visions of the Daughters of Albion. Student discussion leader:______________________
Hmwk: Read in Longman Anthology excerpts from Mary Wollstonecraft’s A Vindication of the Rights of Women (p. 286-314) and “Perspectives: The Wollstonecraft Controversy and the Rights of Women” (p. 315-339). Supplement this reading, as you wish, from the complete version of Wollstonecraft’s VRW in the Longman Cultural Edition. In the same volume of Wollstonecraft, read all or most of her unfinished novel The Wrongs of Woman, or Maria (p. 245-357). [164 pp. total]. Background reading in Roe: Chap. 4 “Sensibility” (p. 49-61), Chap. 6 “Print Culture and the Book Trade” (p. 77-89). Look also at Chap. 28 “Biography and Autobiography” (p. 445-460), which discusses Godwin’s publication of Wollstonecraft’s memoirs and the reading by Kucich of Maria; or, the Wrongs of Woman (note the inversion of the title) on p. 479-480.
Tues. 9/21 In Class: Wollstonecraft, Vindication of the Rights of Women, the Controversy about Women, and The Wrongs of Woman, or Maria. Student discussion leader:______________________
Hmwk: In the Broadview Persuasion read Introduction (p. 7-37), Brief Chronology (p. 39-40), all of Volume I (p. 44-144), and Appendices B-F (p. 270-293). [155 pp. total]. Background readings in Roe: Chap. 7 “Science” (p. 90-101) and Chap. 8. “Philosophy and Religion” (p. 102-113)
Tues. 9/28 In Class: Jane Austen’s Persuasion Volume I and associated readings. Student discussion leader:______________________
Hmwk: Persuasion Volume II (p. 145-258) and Appendix A (p. 259-269) [123 pp. total]. Background reading in Roe: Chap 24 “The Novel” (p. 368-389) See also the application of feminist criticism to another of Austen’s novels, Pride and Prejudice, p. 193-197)
Tues. 10/5 In Class: Persuasion Volume II and associated readings; additionally, three related poems by Thomson, Scott, and Byron (Appendices G, H, & I p. 294-303). Student discussion leader:______________________
Hmwk: In Longman Anthology read “Perspectives: The Sublime, the Beautiful, and the Picturesque” (p. 34-61), “Literary Ballads” (p. 351-371), intro to Wordsworth and The Lyrical Ballads (p. 371-373), excerpts of Wordsworth’s poems in LB 1798 (p. 373-394), focusing in particular upon “Tintern Abbey”, and Coleridge’s contribution to the 1798 volume: “Rime of the Ancient Mariner” (p. 565-584). [90 pp. total]. Background reading in Roe: Chap. 21 “Lyrics” (p. 310-331). See also the application of new historicist criticism to “Tintern Abbey” (p. 176-180) and application of ecocriticism to the “Rime” (p. 211- 216).
Tues. 10/12 In Class: The Beautiful, the Sublime, the Picturesque, ballad tradition, Lyrical Ballads. Student discussion leader:______________________
Hmwk: Wordsworth in the Anthology “Preface” to Lyrical Ballads 1802 (handout), new lyrics (p. 407-435), sonnets (p. 435-438), later lyrics (p. 506-524). Read around, as you wish, in the excerpts from The Prelude. [@100 pp. total]. See in Roe, comments on The Prelude as a Romantic form p. 286-287.
Tues. 10/19 In Class: Wordsworth: preface, new and later lyrics, sonnets; in class reading of excerpts from The Prelude: Book the First (childhood), selections from Bks 2 (two consciousnesses), 5 (dream of the Arab), 11 (imagination and nature, spots of time), and 13 (Mt. Snowden and conclusion). Student discussion leader:______________________
Hmwk: Coleridge in the Anthology: STC’s response to WW’s reading the 1805 Prelude “To a Gentleman” (p. 503-506); various lyrics and conversation poems: “The Eolian Harp,” “This Lime Tree Bower My Prison,” “Frost at Midnight” (p. 559-564). Later lyrics: “Kubla Khan,” Mary Robinson’s response, “The Pains of Sleep,” and “Dejection: An Ode” (p. 602-611), “Work Without Hope” (p. 613-614). Read around, as you wish, in the excerpts from STC’s prose from his letters, The Statesman’s Manual, The Friend, Biographia Literaria and Lectures on Shakespeare (p.611-634). [44 pp. total]. Background reading in Roe: Chap. 31 “The Fragment” (p. 502-520, w/special attention to “Kubla Khan”) and Chap 33 “Non-fictional Prose” (p. 538-554). See also the application of formalist criticism to “Kubla Khan” on pp. 265-268 and comments on “This Lime-Tree Bower” as a lyric on p. 327-330.
Tues. 10/26 In Class: Coleridge poems and prose. Student discussion leader:______________________
Hmwk: Mary Shelley, selections from Frankenstein 1818 edition; another gothic text: STC’s “Christabel” (p. 585-601) [@ 100 pp. total]. Background reading in Roe: Chap. 30 “Gothic” (p. 482-501). See also the application of psychoanalytical criticism to the novel in Roe, p. 230-236. [FYI: 10/29 last withdrawal date]
Tues. 11/2 In Class: Mary Shelley, selections from Frankenstein 1818 edition; gothic tales in the Romantic period (“Christabel,” Radcliffe and….). Student discussion leader:______________________
Hmwk: Byron, entire unit in Longman Anthology (p. 644-772) including lyrics, Manfred and the Byronic Hero, excerpts from Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage, Don Juan, and letters. [128 pp. total]. Background reading in Roe: Chap. 23 “Narrative Poetry” (p. 350-367). Read in Roe Chap 25 “Satire” (p. 390-406), with special attention to the reading of Don Juan; and Chap. 29 (p. 463-477) “Romance,” which discusses Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage.
Tues. 11/9 In Class: Byron, lyrics, the Byronic hero: Harold, Manfred, Don Juan; Student discussion leader:_____________________
Hmwk: Percy Shelley entire unit in Anthology (p. 773-834), look esp. at his sonnets, “Ode to the West Wind,” Adonais, and “Defence of Poetry.” [61 pp. total].
Tues. 11/16 In Class: Percy Shelley. Student discussion leader:______________________
Hmwk: Keats entire unit in Anthology (p. 878-965), look esp. at odes and letters. [87 pp. total]. See application of formalist criticism to Keats’ “Ode on a Grecian Urn” in Roe, p. 268-271; brief comments on “Ode to a Nightingale” p. 287-289;
Tues. 11/23 In Class: Keats. Student discussion leader:______________________
Hmwk: Felicia Hemans and responses (835-866), Anna Barbauld (p. 61-80), Charlotte Smith (p. 81-103), Mary Robinson (273-285), and John Clare (866-878) [@ 50 pp. total]. Read in Roe Chap. 20 “The Sonnet,” esp. readings of selected sonnets at the end of the chapter (p. 292-309)
Thurs. 11/25 Thanksgiving
Tues. 11/30 In Class: Felicia Hemans, Anna Barbauld, Charlotte Smith, Mary Robinson, and John Clare. The Romantic Sonnet. Student discussion leader:______________________
Hmwk: Finish up biography project, prepare “Assessments, Re-assessments.” Read around in Roe Part IV “Romantic Afterlives”—see esp. “Literary Criticism,” “Poetry,” “The 19th- and 20th-century Novel,” “The Idea of the Author.” Other chapters are excellent as well.
Tues. 12/7 In Class: Projects, Assessments, Re-assessments
Tues. 12/14 Final Exam