English 550

Dr. Morillo

Romantic Period British Literature

Tompkins G113    M, W  4:30-5:45

Spring 2017

Office=Tompkins 270; phone: 513-8040

email = morillo@unity.ncsu.edu

web page syllabus = http://www4.ncsu.edu/unity/users/m/morillo/public/55017.htm

Office Hours:  T, W 10:30-12:00, W 3:00-4:00 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 numbers of Romanticism journals to represent current topics of interest to scholars. 

Restrictions = MA or advanced BA standing

3 credit hours

Learning Outcomes:

Required Texts: NCSU Bookstore

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

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 3rd. ed. are indicated for each text. Pages for 4th ed. are in brackets.

**Always read the brief biography for every author we read


M Jan 9


Romantic Circles
Reading formal poetry    


W Jan 11

On the New Literature Later Called Romantic
Introduction to Romanticism, an Anthology (xxxi-xlii) [xxxii-xliv]
 Wordsworth, Advertisement to Lyrical Ballads (330 ) [337]; selections from Preface to Lyrical Ballads (495-507)[506-518]; Baillie, from Introductory Discourse to her Plays on the Passions (308-15)[313-321]; Coleridge, from Biographia Literaria (691-4) [711-714]


M Jan 16

No class King Day

Romantic Things: a Tree, a Rock, a Cloud 

Mason, Emma. Studies in Romanticism52.3 (Fall 2013): 476-479,482.


W Jan 18

Representing Revolution:  Price  (4-6) [3-6]; Burke (10-16)[8-17]; Paine (24-27)[24-29]; Godwin (153-5)[155-160]; Williams (296-307)[291-313]; Wollstonecraft (278-85)[281-291]

About the Revolution in France:

Victoria Web  overview


M Jan 23

 Blake: Religion, Reason, Passion, and Radical Art
Songs of Innocence and Experience (all poems 179-206)[186-212] with  illuminations in Blake Archive

William Blake and the Digital Humanities: Collaboration, Participation, and Social Media 

Mandell, Laura. Studies in Romanticism53.1 (Spring 2014): 133-146.


Remediating William Blake: Unbinding the Network Architectures of Blake's Songs.

Saklofske, Jon. European Romantic Review, Jun2011, Vol. 22 Issue 3, p381-388, 8p. (Literary Criticism)


W Jan 25

Songs cont.

Blake's London: Times & spaces

Miner, Paul. Studies in Romanticism41.2 (Summer 2002): 279-316.


“Feet of Beasts”: Tracking the Animal in Blake.

Fosso, Kurt. European Romantic Review, Mar2014, Vol. 25 Issue 2, p113-138, 26p, 5 Illustrations.


M Jan 30

There is No Natural Religion"; "All Religions are One" (174-5) [180-182]
The Marriage of Heaven and Hell
(206-223) [212-224] Blake Archive Illuminated Books: http://www.blakearchive.org/blake/indexworks.htm

Blake's material sublime

Vine, Steve. Studies in Romanticism41.2 (Summer 2002): 237-257.


W Feb 1

Marriage cont.


M Feb 6

First Book of Urizen (223-40) [230-245] with  illuminations in Blake Archive

Blake's Body Without Organs: The Autogenesis of the System in the Lambeth Books.

Rajan, Tilottama. European Romantic Review, Jun2015, Vol. 26 Issue 3, p357-366, 10p, 1 Color Photograph, 3 Illustrations. (Article)


William Blake and the World's Body of Science

Gilpin, George H. Studies in Romanticism43.1 (Spring 2004): 35-56.



W Feb 8

Wordsworth & Coleridge: Lyrical Ballads and the Poetic Revolution
Advertisement to Lyrical Ballads (330)[337]; Coleridge Rime of the Ancient Mariner (332-49) [339-357]"Foster Mother's Tale" (349-51); "The Nightingale" (353-6)[360-363] "The Dungeon" (384-5)[392-3]

Moderation in the Lyrical Ballads: Wordsworth and the Ballad Debates of the 1790s 

Newman, Ian. Studies in Romanticism55.2 (Summer 2016): 185-210,303.


Wordsworth's Poetic Theory: Knowledge, Language, Experience 

Fosso, Kurt. Studies in Romanticism51.2 (Summer 2012): 284-288,302.

Unspeakable Discovery: Romanticism and the “Rime of the Ancient Mariner”.

Rudolf, Matthias. European Romantic Review, Apr2013, Vol. 24 Issue 2, p185-210, 26p, 2 Maps. (Essay)

Necessary Evils: Unitarian Theodicy in "The Rime of the Ancyent Marinere"

Ulmer, William A. Studies in Romanticism43.3 (Fall 2004): 327-356.



F Feb 10

 First Paper Due


M Feb 13

All Wordsworth poems in Lyrical Ballads : focus on "Simon Lee"; "Goody Blake and Harry Gill”; "The Thorn"

W Feb 15

Wordsworth in Lyrical Ballads cont.focus on "The Idiot Boy,"  "Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey"; 
R. Southey "The Idiot" (725-6)[746-748], "Review of Lyrical Ballads" (730-1) [751-753]

Discussion Leader: Kyle Rosko


My Pictures of Tintern Abbey, 200 years after Lyrical Ballads

Major and Minor Narratives in “Tintern Abbey”.

O'Rourke, James. European Romantic Review, Dec2014, Vol. 25 Issue 6, p649-664, 16p. (Essay)


M Feb 20

Wordsworth from Lyrical Ballads vol. II: Michael: A Pastoral Poem (510-21) [520-533], "A Slumber Did My Spirit Seal" (478)[488]

Discussion Leader: Tyler Curth


·  "Poems So Materially Different": Eighteenth-Century Literary Property and Wordsworth's Mechanisms of Proprietary Authorship in the 1800 Lyrical Ballads 

Lowe, Derek. Studies in Romanticism55.1 (Spring 2016): 3-28,139.


Sacrificial Sites, Place-Keeping, and 'Pre-History' in Wordsworth's 'Michael'.

Rzepka, Charles J.. European Romantic Review, Jun2004, Vol. 15 Issue 2, p205-213, 9p. (Poetry Review)


W Feb 22

Representing Coleridge and Wordsworth Hazlitt "Mr. Coleridge" (784-91)[808-816]; Barbauld "To Mr. Coleridge" (42)[45-6]; Robinson "Mrs. Robinson to the Poet Coleridge" (254-6)[259-261]; Hemans "To Wordsworth" ; Hazlitt "Mr. Wordsworth"


Discussion Leader: Matt Sarda


M Feb 27

Coleridge, Reluctant Poet "Lime-Tree Bower" (612-17)[633-638] "Frost at Midnight," (625) [644]"Kubla Khan," (619-23)[639-644] Christabel (639-55)[659-676]

Discussion Leader: Billy Lavelle

A Modern Coleridge: Cultivation, Addiction, Habits 

Pfau, Thomas. Studies in Romanticism55.1 (Spring 2016): 134-138,140.


New moons, old Ballads, and prophetic dialogues in Coleridge's "dejection: An ode

Benthall, R A. Studies in Romanticism37.4 (Winter 1998): 591-614.



W Mar 1

Wordsworth representing Wordsworth The Two-Part Prelude (448-73)[457-483]

Discussion Leader: Anna McFadyen

Wordsworth, Commodification and Social Concern: The Poetics of Modernity 

Lynch, Deidre. Studies in Romanticism51.4 (Winter 2012): 607-611,633.


M Mar 6

Spring break

Outline of Wordsworth’s account of Revolutionary France, Prelude Bk. 10

W Mar 8

Spring break



M Mar 13

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

British Satire and the Politics of Style, 1789-1832

Grimes, Kyle. Studies in Romanticism40.4 (Winter 2001): 617-620.


W Mar 15

Women's Voices, 1790s 
Williams, from Letters Written in France 1790 (see above)
 More Slavery: A Poem (67-73) [69-76]
Charlotte Smith, selected Sonnets

The Emigrants (100-121) [104-126]

Wollstonecraft, The Rights of Woman (41-2)[284-291]

Discussion Leader:  Alex Doria

Unsexing Petrarch: Charlotte Smith's Lessons in the Sonnet as a Social Medium 

Myers, Mary Anne. Studies in Romanticism53.2 (Summer 2014): 239-263,287.


Varieties of Privacy in Charlotte Smith's Poetry.

Zimmerman, Sarah M.. European Romantic Review, Oct2007, Vol. 18 Issue 4, p483-502, 20p. (Literary Criticism)



M Mar 20

 Women’s Voices 1810-20

Barbauld, Eighteen Hundred and Eleven


Felicia Hemans from Records of Woman


Discussion Leader:  Ashley Dautridge

A World Without "Dependant Kings": Eighteen Hundred and Eleven and the Forms of Informal Empire 

Reeder, Jessie. Studies in Romanticism53.4 (Winter 2014): 561-590,643.


Fighting words: representing the Napoleonic Wars in the poetry of Hemans and Barbauld.

Gottlieb, Evan. European Romantic Review, Jul2009, Vol. 20 Issue 3, p327-343, 17p. (Literary Criticism)



W Mar 22

Byron: Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know?
"She Walks in Beauty" (848) [874]"Destruction of Sennacherib"  "Darkness" (894-6) [919-922]"Prometheus" (887)[912]

Discussion Leader: Robyn Diaz

The Liturgical Context of the Byron-Nathan Hebrew Melodies

Spector, Sheila A. Studies in Romanticism47.3 (Fall 2008): 393-412,427-428.


M Mar 27

Manfred Act I (896-905)[922-932]

Discussion Leader: Kelly White

Blood and affection: The poetics of incest in Manfred and Parisina

Glass, Loren. Studies in Romanticism34.2 (Summer 1995): 211.


W Mar 29

Manfred Acts II, III (906-932)[932-958]
Discussion Leader:

My musings on Manfred: Manfred.doc

F. Mar 31

Research Paper Proposal Due


M Apr 3

NO Class. Professor away.


W Apr 5

Shelley "Ode to the West Wind" (1175-7)[1131-1134]"Ozymandias" (1079) [1108] "England in 1819" (1180)[1134]

Discussion Leader: David Pruitt


M Apr 10

Percy Shelley: Ineffectual Angel or Indefatigable Interlocutor?
"To William Wordsworth" (1052)[1081]; Alastor, or the Spirit of Solitude with Preface (1053-71)[1081-1100]

Discussion Leader:  Rachel Mosher

Secrets of the birth of time: The rhetoric of cultural origins in Alastor and "Mont Blanc"

Birns, Nicholas. Studies in Romanticism32.3 (Fall 1993): 339.


W Apr 12

from Defence of Poetry (1184-99)[1233-1248] ; Johnson Rasselas Chaps. 10-11
Discussion Leader:


F Apr 14



M Apr 17

Keats: One Whose Name Was Writ on Water

"On First Looking into Chapman's Homer" (1342)[1396]; "On Sitting Down to Read King Lear Once Again" (1351)[1405]

Discussion Leader:  Stephen Taylor



W Apr 19


from Endymion (1344-8)[1398-1403]; Lockhart rev. of the Cockney School (1327)[1375];

Discussion Leader:  Catie Godbold

Coming Attractions: Lamia and Cinematic Sensation

Wang, Orrin N C. Studies in Romanticism42.4 (Winter 2003): 461-500.


Conspiring with Keats: Toward a Poetics of Breathing.

Kay, Andrew. European Romantic Review, Oct2016, Vol. 27 Issue 5, p563-581, 19p.



Friday Apr. 21

Review of Criticism due. 


M  Apr 24

Keats: "Ode on Melancholy" (1400)[1469] "Ode on Indolence" (1401-2) [1470-1472]"Ode to Psyche" (1393-4)[1462-1464]

Keats: "Ode to a Nightingale" (1395-7) [1464-1466]"Ode on a Grecian Urn" (1397-9) [1466-1469]"To Autumn" (1419-20)[1489-1490]

Discussion Leader:  

How Keats Falls

Mulrooney, Jonathan. Studies in Romanticism50.2 (Summer 2011): 251-273,385.


W Apr 26

 Coleridge "Hymn Before Sunrise, Chamounix" (677-9)[697-700]; Shelley, Mont Blanc (1075-8)[1104-1108] ;
Discussion Leader:  

The Aesthetics of Contingency in the Shelleyan "Universe of Things," or, "Mont Blanc" without Mont Blanc 

McCarthy, Anne C. Studies in Romanticism54.3 (Fall 2015): 355-375,443.


Frances Ferguson "Shelley's Mt Blanc: What the Mountain Said"


Friday May 5

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




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