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Syllabus for English 327
Literature of Excess: Gothicism and Romanticism, Fall 2014


Thursday, August 28

  • Jerrold E. Hogle, introduction to The Cambridge Companion to Gothic Fiction

  • Michael Gamer, "Gothic Fictions and Romantic Writing in Britain" from The Cambridge Companion to Gothic Fiction

First day: introductions and course outline

We will go over the syllabus and course policies first, then discuss today's readings. Please come to class well prepared for that discussion.


Tuesday, September 2

Note: here and throughout this syllabus, the first (less indented) list of readings is required, while the second (more indented) list of readings is supplemental and optional. Here, for example, the novel is a required reading, while the three readings in the following, more indented bullet points are recommended for exploration but are not required.

  • Horace Walpole, The Castle of Otranto (1764)

Assignment for everyone: go to the course blog and post a brief self-introduction. This will help us get to know each other and also confirm that everyone can post on the blog.

Group 1 special interest (or wild card) blog post: Point us to a specific place in the text (from 1-10 lines) that you want us to discuss further in class because it raises an issue or problem in the novel as a whole. Use your blog post to explain your choice.


Thursday, September 4

  • M. G. Lewis, The Monk (1796), prefatory material through chapter 3 (end of volume 1)

    • Dictionary of Literary Biography (Grinnell only): Lewis as novelist

Group 2 special interest (or wild card) blog post: Point us to a specific place in the text (from 1-10 lines) that you want us to discuss further in class because it raises an issue or problem in the readings as a whole.


Tuesday, September 9

  • Lewis, The Monk, chapters 3-7 (volume 2)

Group 3 blog post: As usual, you may use this blog post to develop your special interest or as a wild card blog post. Write your blog post as a discussion of some specific issue that arises from the readings. This assignment is what I mean by "open prompt" assignments in the rest of the syllabus.


Thursday, September 11

  • Lewis, The Monk, chapter 7-end (volume 3)

Group 4 blog post: As usual, you may use this blog post to develop your special interest or as a wild card blog post. Write your blog post as a discussion of some specific issue that arises from the readings. This assignment is what I mean by "open prompt" assignments in the rest of the syllabus.


Tuesday, September 16

  • Ann Radcliffe, The Italian (1797), 1-83

    • Dictionary of Literary Biography (Grinnell only): Radcliffe as novelist

Group 1 special interest (or wild card) blog post: Point us to a specific place in the text (from 1-10 lines) that you want us to discuss further in class because it raises an issue or problem in the readings as a whole.


Thursday, September 18

  • Radcliffe, The Italian, 84-192

Group 2 blog post: As usual, you may use this blog post to develop your special interest or as a wild card blog post. Write your blog post as a discussion of some specific issue that arises from the readings. This assignment is what I mean by "open prompt" assignments in the rest of the syllabus.


Tuesday, September 23

  • Radcliffe, The Italian, 193-336

Group 3 blog post: special interest (or wild card) blog post, open prompt.


Thursday, September 25

Group 4 blog post: special interest (or wild card) blog post, open prompt.


Tuesday, September 30

  • Wordsworth, 1800 Preface to Lyrical Ballads (Gamer/Porter 171) and "Lines Written a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey . . ." (142)

Group 1 blog post: special interest (or wild card) blog post, open prompt.


Thursday, October 2

  • Michael Gamer, "'Gross and violent stimulants': Producing Lyrical Ballads 1798 and 1800"

  • William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge, selections from the 1798 Lyrical Ballads: Advertisement (p. 47 of the Gamer/Porter edition), "The Rime of the Ancyent Marinere" (49), "Goody Blake and Harry Gill, A True Story" (89), "Simon Lee, the Old Huntsman" (95), and "The Thorn" (103)

Group 2 blog post: special interest (or wild card) blog post, open prompt.


Tuesday, October 7

Group 3 blog post: special interest (or wild card) blog post, open prompt.


Thursday, October 9

  • John Keats, The Eve of St. Agnes (1820) and "La Belle Dame Sans Merci" (1820)

  • Martin Aske, "Magical Spaces in The Eve of St. Agnes"

Group 4 blog post: special interest (or wild card) blog post, open prompt.


Tuesday, October 14

  • Mary Shelley, Matilda (written 1819-1820, published 1959)

  • Mary Jean Corbett, Introduction to Family Likeness: Sex, Marriage, and Incest from Jane Austen to Virginia Woolf

    • Dictionary of Literary Biography (Grinnell only): Shelley as novelist

Group 1 blog post: special interest (or wild card) blog post, open prompt.


Thursday, October 16

NO CLASS TODAY:
INDIVIDUAL MIDSEM CONFERENCES


Friday, October 17

SHORTER PAPERS DUE
IN HARD COPY TO MY OFFICE
BY 3:00 PM


FALL BREAK
Tuesday, October 28

  • Percy Bysshe Shelley, The Cenci (1819)

    • Dictionary of Literary Biography (Grinnell only): Shelley as poet and prose writer

    • The Keats-Shelley House is a good starting point for finding the digital Shelley. None of the amateur sites online can capture Shelley as well as his own words in Stuart Curran's e-text of the notes to Queen Mab.

Group 2 blog post: special interest (or wild card) blog post, open prompt.


Thursday, October 30

  • Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Frankenstein; Or, The Modern Prometheus (1818), Volume I

Group 3 special interest (or wild card) blog post: Point us to a specific place in the text (from 1-10 lines) that you want us to discuss further in class because it raises an issue or problem in the novel as a whole. Use your blog post to explain your choice. You may find useful information in Stuart Curran's electronic edition of the novel (1818 version; the edition includes this and the 1831), especially in the annotations of highlighted words and phrases.


Tuesday, November 4

  • Shelley, Frankenstein, Volume II

Group 4 special interest (or wild card) blog post: Point us to a specific place in the text (from 1-10 lines) that you want us to discuss further in class because it raises an issue or problem in the novel as a whole. Use your blog post to explain your choice. You may find useful information in Stuart Curran's electronic edition of the novel, especially in the annotations of highlighted words and phrases. This is the first page of Volume II (1818 version; the edition includes this and the 1831).


Thursday, November 6

  • Shelley, Frankenstein, Volume III

Group 1 special interest (or wild card) blog post: Point us to a specific place in the text (from 1-10 lines) that you want us to discuss further in class because it raises an issue or problem in the novel as a whole. Use your blog post to explain your choice. You may find useful information in Stuart Curran's electronic edition of the novel, especially in the annotations of highlighted words and phrases. This is the first page of Volume III (1818 version; the edition includes this and the 1831).


Monday, November 10

PAPER PROSPECTUS DUE
VIA EMAIL TODAY (ANY TIME)


Tuesday, November 11

  • James Hogg, The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner (1824), introduction (by Adrian Hunter) and pp. 45-88

  • We will also spend some class time discussing annotated bibliographies today.

Group 2 blog post: special interest (or wild card) blog post, open prompt.


Thursday, November 13

  • Hogg, The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner, 88-180

Group 3 blog post: special interest (or wild card) blog post, open prompt.


Tuesday, November 18

Today, we will do an in-class workshop of your bibliographies. Bring FOUR copies of two full entries for your annotated bibliography to class.


Thursday, November 20

  • Hogg, The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner, 180-233

  • Penny Fielding, "Introduction: Rites of Speech" from Writing and Orality: Nationality, Culture, and Nineteenth-Century Scottish Fiction

Group 4 blog post: special interest (or wild card) blog post, open prompt.


Tuesday, November 25

ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY DUE
TODAY AT 3:00 p.m.

We will not have class today as you finish your bibliographies. Feel free to get in touch with me about last-minute issues and questions.


Tuesday, December 2

  • George Gordon, Lord Byron, Manfred (1817)

    • Dictionary of Literary Biography (Grinnell only): Byron as poet

    • The Life and Work of Lord Byron on englishhistory.net provides good basic information. Aside from that site, there is remarkably little useful online material about Byron.

Group 1 blog post: special interest (or wild card) blog post, open prompt.


Thursday, December 4

    Come to class today with FOUR COPIES of a) a draft of an important paragraph (perhaps the introduction or conclusion) of your final paper and b) a list of three key questions or issues you are facing in writing the paper. We will discuss these materials in small groups today.


Tuesday, December 9

Come to class prepared to make a short, informal presentation of your paper-to-be, and to listen carefully to and ask good questions of your classmates as they present theirs.


Wednesday, December 10

PAPER PROGRESS REPORT DUE BY EMAIL


Thursday, December 11

Last day: wrapping up, composing class float, cheers, and slogans for the big finals parade.


Wednesday, December 17

FINAL PAPERS DUE
IN HARD COPY TO MY OFFICE
BY NOON

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