A Hypertext Resource for Literature
Romanticism Module, Spring 2003
This page contains the assignments from the Romanticism module "Revolution and Romanticism" with links to the online readings and to supporting materials.
Monday, January 20
First day: introductions and course outline.
Wednesday, January 22
In class today, I will give a broad introduction to Romanticism and explain how the texts we will read fit into the big picture. I will leave time for questions about the reading, so prepare one or two of those in advance.
Also, please go to the class discussion board and write a solid paragraph or two introducing yourself to the class. Aside from the obvious introductory function of this assignment, it also ensures that we deal with any technical problems before the responses begin.
Friday, January 24
Group I Response: Use your response to discuss one or more rhetorical or metaphorical devices you see more than one writer employing in the readings. In other words, try to get at the literary side of these explicitly political texts.
Monday, January 27
Group II Response: Discuss either a) Wordsworth's use of multiple voices in "The Thorn" or b) something about the poem's relation to the ideas Wordsworth sets out in his famous Preface.
Wednesday, January 29
Group III Response: Use the response to focus on a short passage (no more than ten lines) of either poem. Take a stab, at least, at using that bit of text to point to a broader point about the poem or Wordsworth's approach more generally.
Friday, January 31
Group IV Response: Choose a point of comparison between Abrams and Levinson that lets you discuss not only their different readings of Wordsworth but also the way they value different things when they examine poetry.
Monday, February 3
Group V Response: This one is optional, in that you can choose to make it an "open response" if you like. Consider the place of this poem in the 1798 Lyrical Ballads, in which it opened the volume that "Tintern Abbey" closed, with poems such as "The Thorn" in between. What kind of progression might the volume have been constructing?
Wednesday, February 5
Group VI Response: Discuss any way in which this poem represents a departure from what you have seen of Lyrical Ballads.
Friday, February 7
Group I Response: open response.
Monday, February 10
Group II Response: open response.
Wednesday, February 12
Group III Response: open response.
Friday, February 14
PAPER PROSPECTUS DUE
Group IV Response: open response.
Monday, February 17
Group V Response: open response.
Wednesday, February 19
Group VI Response: open response.
Friday, February 21
Group I Response: Looking back at the first two sets of responses on Frankenstein, continue a line of thinking that someone else introduced. What happens in the last volume to develop or transform an element of the text we noticed earlier?
Monday, February 24
FIRST EXAM/PAPER DATE