English 453 Dr. Morillo
Romantic Period British Literature
Tompkins G118    M, W  1:30-2:45
Spring 2011
Office=Tompkins 270; phone: 513-8040
email = morillo@unity.ncsu.edu
web page syllabus = http://www4.ncsu.edu/unity/users/m/morillo/public/45311.html
Office Hours: M W F 10-11; T 11-12 and by appointment


A comprehensive, advanced introduction to the groundbreaking literature in Britain from 1785-1825. Emphasis on representative poetry of Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Shelley, and Keats, with selected readings from other poets, prose writers, and dramatists of the period. Primary readings are balanced with critical essays from the most recent (2010) edition of the esteemed Cambridge Companion to British Romanticism to give students a realistic picture of current topics of interest to romantic scholars in America and Britain.. 

Prerequisite = Sophomore standing

Learning Outcomes:

Required Texts: NCSU Bookstore

Wu, Duncan, ed. Romanticism An Anthology. Third Edition. Malden: Blackwell, 20xx. Print.

Curran, Stuart, ed. Cambridge Companion to British Romanticism. 2nd ed. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2010. Print.

Online Required Texts:

The Blake Archive http://www.blakearchive.org/blake/indexworks.htm

Additional Texts:

Course Reserves for ENG453

Online Romanticism Resources

There are fine research resources for studying this period and many are online. 

Oxford  English Dictionary (OED)   http://www.lib.ncsu.edu  ---> Database Finder--> O (the best dictionary for knowing what usages were current at a given time)

Course Requirements

Regular Attendance
: You are allowed 3 absences. If you are absent, unexcused, more than 3 times over the course of the semester, your absences will count progressively against your final grade for the course. Every 2 absences beyond the allowed 3 loses you a half letter grade on the calculated final grade. Anyone who misses the first two classes can be immediately dropped from the class. For the definition of an unexcused absence, see http://www.ncsu.edu/policies/academic_affairs/pols_regs/REG205.00.4.php

Late papers are accepted only one class late, and with full grade penalty. Any papers arriving later than that will not be accepted. Papers are due at the start of class, in class, printed out on paper.

How I Figure Your Grades

You must complete all the required work to pass the class. No opting out of assigned work.  I will grade plus/minus.

Percentages for each required graded category are figured via a percentage of a 12-pt. scale in which an A+ =12 and
an F=0 points. For example, a B+ on paper 1 (close-reading) would net you 9 x .15 or 1.35 points toward the final 12.  Or, a C in participation nets you 5 x .15 or .75, an A on the final exam nets you 11 x .20 or 2.2 points.
I then add up the percentage points for each required category to determine your grade from 0 to 12.  For example, an 8.0 through 8.9 final score = B for the class.

Expected participation: come to class on time, with the appropriate texts, having read and thought about them enough to have something specific and intelligent to say or write about them. There will be quizzes to check that you are doing the readings.

Plagiarism: Anyone convicted will receive an F for the paper, or the course at my discretion. And yes, I have caught people in the past--in this course, in fact.

Reasonable accommodations will be made for students with verifiable disabilities. In order to take advantage of available accommodations, students must register with Disability Services for Students at 1900 Student Health Center, Campus

            Box 7509, 515-7653. http://www.ncsu.edu/dso/

Academic Integrity Assumption
Universities are unique communities committed to creating and transmitting knowledge. They depend on freedom - individuals' freedom to explore ideas and to explore and further their own capabilities. Those freedoms depend on the good will and responsible behavior of all the members of the community, who must treat each other with tolerance and respect. They must allow each other to develop the full range of their capabilities and take full advantage of the institution's resources.

Note that papers are due on Fridays and will be put in an envelope on my office door, Tompkins 270

 Pages in Romanticism an Anthology are indicated for each text
other readings are from the Cambridge Companion and online

**Always read the brief biography for every author we read
M Jan 10
Reading formal poetry    Read for next time: Introduction to Romanticism, an Anthology
W Jan 12
On the New Literature Later Called Romantic
 Wordsworth, Advertisement to Lyrical Ballads (330 ); selections from Preface to Lyrical Ballads (495-506); Baillie, from Introductory Discourse to her Plays on the Passions (308-14); Coleridge, from Biographia Literaria (691-3)
M Jan 17

NO Class King Day
Dawson "Poetry in an Age of Revolution," in Cambridge Companion to British Romanticism (56-81)
W Jan 19
Representing Revolution:  Price  (4-5); Burke (10-15); Paine (24-26); Godwin (153-4); Williams (296-306); Wollstonecraft (276-83)
M Jan 24
cont. with Dawson "Poetry in an Age of Revolution,"
W Jan 26
Blake: Religion, Reason and Radical Art
There is No Natural Religion"; "All Religions are One" (174-5)
The Marriage of Heaven and Hell
(206-222)  Blake Archive Illuminated Books: http://www.blakearchive.org/blake/indexworks.htm
M Jan 31
Marriage cont.  Brown "Romanticism and Enlightenment" in Cambridge Companion to British Romanticism (34-55)
W Feb 2
Songs of Innocence and Experience (all poems 179-206)
M Feb 7

Songs cont.  Eaves "The Sister Arts" in Cambridge Companion to British Romanticism (229-261)

W Feb 9
First Book of Urizen (223-39)
F Feb 11
First Paper Due
M Feb 14
Wordsworth & Coleridge: Lyrical Ballads and the Poetic Revolution
Advertisement to Lyrical Ballads (330); Coleridge Rime of the Ancient Mariner (332-48) "Foster Mother's Tale" (349-51); "The Nightingale" (353-5) "The Dungeon" (384)
W Feb 16
All Wordsworth poems in Lyrical Ballads : focus on Simon Lee; Good Blake and Harry Gill; The Thorn
M Feb 21
Wordsworth in Lyrical Ballads cont.focus on The Idiot Boy,  Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey;  R. Southey "Review of Lyrical Ballads" (730-1)
W Feb 23
Wordsworth from Lyrical Ballads vol. II: Michael: A Pastoral Poem (510-21)
M Feb 28
Wordsworth & Coleridge
W Mar 2
Midterm in Class 
M-F  Mar  7-11
Spring Break No Class   read Curran "Women Readers, Women Writers" in Cambridge Companion
M Mar 14

Mary Shelley: My  Hideous Progeny
(Butler 1818 ed.)  Read through p. 118, (vol. 2 chap. 8)Oxford ed.

Composite Bodies in Frankenstein
W Mar 16
Frankenstein finish the novel.;  Kelly "Romantic Ficton" in Cambridge Companion to British Romanticism (187-208)
M Mar 21
Byron: Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know?
"She Walks in Beauty" "Prometheus" "Destruction of Sennacherib" (887) "Darkness" (894-6)
W Mar 23
Manfred Act I
Reading questions for Act I: what is this play about? why might Byron have written it as a play and not as another genre?
M Mar 28
Manfred Acts II, III
W Mar 30

Percy Shelley: Ineffectual Angel?
"Ozymandias" (1079)  "England in 1819" (1180)
F Apr 1
Second Paper Due
M Apr 4
Mont Blanc (1075-8) ; Coleridge "Hymn Before Sunrise, Chamounix" (677-9); Ferguson "Shelley's Mt Blanc: What the Mountain Said"
W Apr 6

"To William Wordsworth" (1052); Alastor, or the Spirit of Solitude (1053-71)
M Apr 11
from Defence of Poetry (1184-98) ; Johnson Rasselas Chaps. 10-11
W Apr 13

Keats: One Whose Name Was Writ on Water

"On First Looking into Chapman's Homer" (1342); "On Sitting Down to Read King Lear Once Again" (1351)

M  Apr 18
from Endymion (1344-8); Lockhart rev. of the Cockney School (1327); Butler "Culture's Medium: The Role of the Review" in Cambridge Companion to British Romanticism (127-54)
W Apr 20

"Ode on Melancholy" "Ode on Indolence" "Ode to Psyche"
M  Apr 25
 Ode to a Nightingale" "Ode on a Grecian Urn" "To Autumn"

W Apr 27
Curran "Romantic Poetry: Why and Wherefore" in Cambridge Companion to British Romanticism (209-28)

Creative Projects Due;
Final Exam

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