English 550
Dr. Morillo
Romantic Period British Literature
Tompkins Winston 002    M, W  1:30-2:45
Fall 2011
Office=Tompkins 270; phone: 513-8040
email = morillo@unity.ncsu.edu
web page syllabus = http://www4.ncsu.edu/unity/users/m/morillo/public/55011.htm
Office Hours:  M, T, W 10:30-12:00 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 authoritative Cambridge Companion to British Romanticism to represent current topics of interest to scholars in America and Britain.. 

Restrictions = MA or advanced BA standing

Learning Outcomes:

Required Texts: NCSU Bookstore

Wu, Duncan, ed. Romanticism An Anthology. 3rd ed. Malden: Blackwell, 2006. Print. $45 used

Curran, Stuart, ed. Cambridge Companion to British Romanticism. 2nd ed. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2010. Print. $30 new

Online Required Texts:

see schedule of readings below

Additional Texts:

Course Reserves for ENG 550

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  ---> Databases-->letter 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 university Attendance Regulation (REG02.20.3

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 .10 or .5, an A on the final paper  nets you 11 x .25 or 2.75 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. Between x.0-3 I may curve down, and between x.7-9 I may curve up.

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.

"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,  though we don't have class that day

 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
W Aug 17
Romantic Chronology
Romantic Circles
Reading formal poetry    
M Aug  22
On the New Literature Later Called Romantic
Introduction to Romanticism, an Anthology
 Wordsworth, Advertisement to Lyrical Ballads (330 ); selections from Preface to Lyrical Ballads (495-507); Baillie, from Introductory Discourse to her Plays on the Passions (308-15); Coleridge, from Biographia Literaria (691-4)
Curran "Romantic Poetry: Why and Wherefore?" Cambridge Companion to British Romanticism
W Aug 24

About the Revolution in France:
History World  overview, and more detail
Victoria Web  overview
M Aug  29
Representing Revolution:  Price  (4-6); Burke (10-16); Paine (24-27); Godwin (153-5); Williams (296-307); Wollstonecraft (278-85)

Dawson "Poetry in an Age of Revolution," in Cambridge Companion  (56-81)
W Aug 31
cont  Wordsworth, "Paris, Dec. 1791" (558)  and "Godwinism" (563) from 13-Book Prelude
Coleridge France, an Ode (630) and Fears in Solitude (633)
Dawson "Poetry in an Age of Revolution," cont.
M Sept 5 Labor Day
but read Hogle "Romanticism, Schools of Criticism and Theory" Cambridge Companion
W Sept 7
Blake: Religion, Reason, Passion, and Radical Art
Eaves "The Sister Arts" in Cambridge Companion  (229-261)
Songs of Innocence and Experience (all poems 179-206) with  illuminations in Blake Archive
M Sept 12
Songs cont.
W Sept 14

There is No Natural Religion"; "All Religions are One" (174-5)
The Marriage of Heaven and Hell
(206-223)  Blake Archive Illuminated Books: http://www.blakearchive.org/blake/indexworks.htm

F Sept 16
First Paper Due
M Sept 19
Marriage cont.
W Sept 21
First Book of Urizen (223-40)  with  illuminations in Blake Archive
M Sept 26
Wordsworth & Coleridge: Lyrical Ballads and the Poetic Revolution
Advertisement to Lyrical Ballads (330); Coleridge Rime of the Ancient Mariner (332-49) "Foster Mother's Tale" (349-51); "The Nightingale" (353-6) "The Dungeon" (384-5)
W Sept 28
Representing Coleridge and Wordsworth Hazlitt "Mr. Coleridge" (784-91); Barbauld "To Mr. Coleridge" (42); Robinson "Mrs. Robinson to the Poet Coleridge" (254-6); Hemans "To Wordsworth" ; Hazlitt "Mr. Wordsworth"
M Oct 3
All Wordsworth poems in Lyrical Ballads : focus on "Simon Lee"; "Goody Blake and Harry Gil"l; "The Thorn"
W Oct 5

Wordsworth in Lyrical Ballads cont.focus on "The Idiot Boy,"  "Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey"; 
R. Southey "The Idiot" (725-6), "Review of Lyrical Ballads" (730-1)
Discussion Leader: Lucas Nossaman

Pictures of Tintern Abbey, 200 years after Lyrical Ballads

M Oct 10
Wordsworth from Lyrical Ballads vol. II: Michael: A Pastoral Poem (510-21) , "A Slumber Did My Spirit Seal" (478)
Discussion Leader: Etaf Hatu
W Oct 12
Coleridge, Reluctant Poet "Lime-Tree Bower" (612-17) "Frost at Midnight," (625) "Kubla Khan," (619-23) Christabel (639-55)
Discussion Leader: Ali Mitchell
M Oct 17
Wordsworth representing Wordsworth The Two-Part Prelude (448-73)
Discussion Leader: Heather Nocera
W Oct 19

Women's Voices, 1790s 
Curran "Women Readers, Women Writers" in Cambridge Companion
Williams, from Letters Written in France 1790 (see above)
 More Slavery: A Poem (67-73)
Charlotte Smith The Emigrants (100-121)
Barbauld "To a Lady with some Painted Flowers"
The Rights of Woman
Discussion Leader: Megan Nichols
M Oct 24

A Conservative Sums up Radical 1790s
Mathias Pursuits of Literature (1798 6th ed., London ed. on ECCO) . In ECCO serach author = Mathias  date = 1798, choose 6th ed. of Pursuits.  Within this text you may want to search Godwin, Paine to see Mathias talking about knwon radicals.

READ the 31-page pose introduction, the brief prose preface, and then the first 6 pages of the poem itself, more if you wish

Discussion Leader:

W Oct 26
Byron: Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know?
"She Walks in Beauty" (848) "Destruction of Sennacherib"  "Darkness" (894-6) "Prometheus" (887)
Discussion Leader:
M Oct 31
Manfred Act I (896-905)

"Romanticism and Enlightenment" in Cambridge Companion  (34-55)
Discussion Leader: Rachel Phillips
W Nov 2
Manfred Acts II, III (906-932)
Discussion Leader: Please download and read this word file  Manfred.doc
F. Nov 4
Research Paper Proposal Due
M Nov 7

Percy Shelley: Ineffectual Angel or Indefatigable Interlocutor?
"To William Wordsworth" (1052); Alastor, or the Spirit of Solitude with Preface (1053-71)
Discussion Leader: Syanne Olson
W Nov 9
Coleridge "Aeolian Harp"  (601-6) Shelley "Ode to the West Wind" (1175-7)"Ozymandias" (1079)  "England in 1819" (1180)
Discussion Leader: Hanhan Zhang
M Nov 14
Coleridge "Hymn Before Sunrise, Chamounix" (677-9); Shelley, Mont Blanc (1075-8) ; Frances Ferguson "Shelley's Mt Blanc: What the Mountain Said"
Discussion Leader: Erin Warren
W Nov 16

from Defence of Poetry (1184-99) ; Johnson Rasselas Chaps. 10-11
Discussion Leader: Michael Crisci
F Nov 18
M Nov 21

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)
Discussion Leader: Thanasi Fkiaras
Review of Criticism due.  Tuesday, Nov. 22, noon, as emailed file(s)


W Nov 23
no class, Thanksgiving break
M  Nov 28
from Endymion (1344-8); Lockhart rev. of the Cockney School (1327);
Butler "Culture's Medium: The Role of the Review" in Cambridge Companion  (127-54)
Discussion Leader: Logan Taylor
W Nov 30

Keats: "Ode on Melancholy" (1400) "Ode on Indolence" (1401-2) "Ode to Psyche" (1393-4)
Discussion Leader: Elizabeth Cooper

Keats: "Ode to a Nightingale" (1395-7) "Ode on a Grecian Urn" (1397-9) "To Autumn" (1419-20)

Friday Dec. 9
Final Paper Due by noon, as file attached to email to  morillo@ncsu.edu

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