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Syllabus for English 327: The Romantics

Literature of Excess: Gothicism and Romanticism

Spring 2011


Monday, January 24

  • 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.


Wednesday, January 26

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.


Monday, January 31

  • Excerpts from M. G. Lewis, The Monk (1796)

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

    • Dictionary of Literary Biography (Grinnell only): Radcliffe 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.


Wednesday, February 2

  • Radcliffe, The Italian, 84-192

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 readings as a whole.


Monday, February 7

Group 1 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.


Wednesday, February 9

  • Radcliffe, The Italian, 337-478

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


Monday, February 14

  • Sections on Thomas Percy (pp. 17-22), Walter Scott (as editor--pp. 23-26), and Robert Blair (pp. 29-30), The Longman Anthology of Gothic Verse

  • 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), and "Lines Written a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey . . ." (142)

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


Wednesday, February 16

  • Wordsworth, 1800 Preface to Lyrical Ballads (Gamer/Porter 171)

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

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


Monday, February 21

  • Wordsworth, "The Thorn" (1798, Gamer/Porter 103)

  • Signmund Freud, "The Uncanny" (1919)

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


Wednesday, February 23

  • Wordsworth, "Simon Lee, the Old Huntsman" (1798, Gamer/Porter 95)

  • Maureen McLane, "British Romantic Mediality and Beyond: Reflections on the Fate of 'Orality'"

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


Monday, February 28

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


Wednesday, March 2

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


Monday, March 7

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


Wednesday, March 9

  • 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.


Monday, March 14

  • 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.


Wednesday, March 16

NO CLASS TODAY:
INDIVIDUAL MIDSEM CONFERENCES


Thursday, March 17

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


SPRING BREAK
Monday, April 4

  • 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.


Wednesday, April 6

  • Shelley, Frankenstein, Volume II

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 II (1818 version; the edition includes this and the 1831).


Monday, April 11

  • Shelley, Frankenstein, Volume III

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 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).


Wednesday, April 13

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


PAPER PROSPECTUS DUE
VIA EMAIL ON FRIDAY, APRIL 15TH (ANY TIME)


Monday, April 18

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

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


Wednesday, November 15

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

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


Monday, April 25

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


Wednesday, April 27

We will devote today's class time to individual conferences on your bibliographies and paper projects.


ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY DUE
THURSDAY, APRIL 28 AT 3:00 p.m.


Monday, May 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.


Wednesday, May 4

  • Byron, Don Juan, Dedication and Cantos I and II

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


Monday, May 9
  • Michael McGoodwin's plot summary of Don Juan
  • Byron, Don Juan, Cantos XV-XVII

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


Tuesday, May 10

PAPER PROGRESS REPORT DUE BY EMAIL


Wednesday, May 11

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


Tuesday, May 17

FINAL PAPERS DUE
IN HARD COPY TO MY OFFICE
BY NOON

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