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September | October | November | December |

Thursday, August 30

First Day: Introduction to the course, personal introductions.

Tuesday, September 4

Reading

Excerpts from Ellen Moers, Literary Women and excerpts from Germaine de Staël, Corinne, or Italy and Walter Scott, Waverley (all on reserve).

Assignment

To lead things off, you get a two-part assignment. You should do the first part as soon as possible after the first class. That is simply to write a solid paragraph or two introducing yourself on the class discussion board. You can include information that you shared on the first day if you like; this assignment is meant to give us a more lasting form of the introductions and also simply to show that we're all able to use the discussion board.

That leads us to the second part of the assignment, which is an article summary of the Moers piece. Bring the summary to class.

Thursday, September 6

Reading

"The Victorian Age" (anthology 1032-56).

Assignment

Prepare two questions about the reading for discussion.

Tuesday, September 11

Reading

L.E.L. (Letitia Elizabeth Landon), The Improvisatrice (on reserve).

Assignment

Group I Response: Write in response to any or all of these questions: Who exactly is this improvisatrice? How does Landon give us information about her, and what kind of information do we get or not get? How does background knowledge of Corinne affect the reader's experience of the poem?

Thursday, September 13

Reading

Felicia Hemans, from Records of Woman (on reserve).

Assignment

Group II Response: Choose either to comment generally on Hemans's position as the author of these "Records" in light of the improvisatrice tradition or to give us a reading of one of the poems that interests you.

Tuesday, September 18

Reading

Critical articles on myths of Corinne (on reserve): Anne K. Mellor, "Distinguishing the Poetess from teh Female Poet" in Approaches to Teaching British Women Poets of the Romantic Period, ed. Behrendt and Linkin; Ellen Peel and Nanora Sweet, "Corinne and the Woman as Poet in England: Hemans, Jewsbury, and Barrett Browning" in The Novel's Seductions, ed. Szmurlo; and Tricia Lootens, "Receiving the Legend, Rethinking the Writer: Letitia Landon and the Poetess Tradition" in Romanticism and Women Poets, ed. Behrendt and Linkin.

Assignment

Do an article summary of any of the three articles, then take notes on key differences among your chosen article and the other two.

Thursday, September 20

Reading

"Victorian Ladies and Gentlemen" anthology readings (1600-29).

Assignment

Prepare two questions to help us choose which selections to discuss and how to approach them.

Tuesday, September 25

Reading

Alfred, Lord Tennyson, "The Lady of Shalott" (anthology 1189) and Kathy Alexis Psomiades, "'The Lady of Shalott' and the Critical Fortunes of Victorian Poetry" (on reserve).

Assignment

Article summary of Psomiades. Consider for class the position of women and art in Tennyson's poem relative to the other works we've read.

Thursday, September 27

Reading

None: discussion of library resources and the first paper, introduction to Aurora Leigh.

Tuesday, October 2

Reading

Aurora Leigh, first book.

Assignment

Prepare two questions for class discussion.

Thursday, October 4

Reading

Aurora Leigh, second book.

Assignment

Group I Response: open response.

Tuesday, October 9

Reading

Aurora Leigh, third and fourth books.

Assignment

Group II Response: open response.

Thursday, October 11

Reading

Aurora Leigh, fifth and sixth books.

Assignment

Group I Response: open response.

Tuesday, October 16

Reading

Aurora Leigh, seventh and eighth books.

Assignment

Group II Response: open response.

Thursday, October 18

Reading

Aurora Leigh, ninth book.

Assignment

After the relatively short reading assignment, take some time to look back over your notes on Aurora Leigh as a whole and to think about what you'd like to discuss on our last day talking about the book.

Reminder: The shorter paper must be turned in before fall break.


FALL BREAK

Tuesday, October 30

Return from break: no reading, introduction to The Mill on the Floss and George Eliot. You may well, however, want to use some time over break to get a head start on the novel.

Thursday, November 1

Reading

Eliot, Mill, Book First, Ch. 1-6 (pp. 53-107).

Assignment

I'm going to ask each of you to trace the development of a certain kind of imagery or metaphor through the novel. As you read this first section, make notes on Eliot's language, thinking of patterns you might like to follow. I'll have ideas, too, and we'll assign areas of concentration in class.

Tuesday, November 6

Reading

Eliot, Mill, rest of Book First and all of Book Second (pp. 108-270).

Assignment

Group I Response: open response.

Thursday, November 8

Reading

Eliot, Mill, Book Third (pp. 273-357).

Assignment

Group II Response: open response.

Tuesday, November 13

Reading

Eliot, Mill, Book Fourth, Book Fifth, and Ch. 1-4 of Book Sixth (pp. 361-506).

Assignment

Group I Response: open response.

Thursday, November 15

Reading

Eliot, Mill, rest of Book Sixth (pp. 507-607).

Assignment

Group II Response: open response.

Tuesday, November 20

Reading

Eliot, Mill, Book Seventh (pp. 611-657).

Assignment

Paper Prospectus due Monday to my office or mailbox by 4:00 pm. We will have brief preliminary conferences about the paper this week.


THANKSGIVING BREAK

Tuesday, November 27

Reading

Charles Dickens, Hard Times, Book the First (pp. 1-85).

Assignment

Prepare questions for class discussion.

Thursday, November 29

Reading

Dickens, Hard Times, Book the Second (pp. 85-165).

Assignment

Group I Response: open response.

Tuesday, December 4

Reading

Dickens, Hard Times, Ch. I-VI of Book the Third (pp. 166-204).

Assignment Group II Response: open response.

Thursday, December 6

Reading

Dickens, rest of Hard Times (pp. 205-222).

Assignment Group I Response: open response.

Tuesday, December 11

Reading

See A Room with a View, based on E.M. Forster's novel.

Assignment

Group II Response: open response.

Thursday, December 13

Last day: we will decide near the end of the term how to spend today's class time.

Seminar Paper Due Wednesday, December 12th, to my office or mailbox by 4:00 pm.

FINAL EXAM:
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2:00 PM