Reading Schedule

What is Romanticism?
Tuesday, Aug. 27: Introductions, syllabus

Thursday, Aug. 29: “Introduction;” “Timeline” (Norton), “romantic,” Oxford English Dictionary

Tuesday, Sept. 3:  William Wordsworth, “Preface to Lyrical Ballads,” “Lines Composed a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey,” “I travelled among unknown men” (Norton)

Thursday, Sept. 5: William Wordsworth, “Ode: Intimations of Immortality,” “The Solitary Reaper,” “London, 1802” (Norton)

Tuesday, Sept. 10: Samuel Taylor Coleridge, “The Eolian Harp,” “This Lime-Tree Bower My Prison,” “Frost at Midnight,” “Dejection: An Ode” (Norton)

Thursday, Sept. 12: Samuel Taylor Coleridge, “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner,” “Kubla Khan” (Norton)

Tuesday, Sept. 17:  Percy Bysshe Shelley, “Mutability,” “Mont Blanc,” “Ozymandias,” “Ode to the West Wind” (Norton)

Thursday, Sept. 19: John Clare, “Pastoral Poesy,” “I am,” “The Peasant Poet,” “Song” (Norton)

What is a Nation?
Tuesday, Sept. 24:  Eric Hobsbawm, excerpt from Nations and Nationalism since 1780; Felicia Dorothea Hemans, “The Homes of England,” “England’s Dead” (Norton)

Thursday, Sept. 26: Miranda Burgess, “Nationalisms in Romantic Britain and Ireland: Culture, Politics and the Global”; Edmund Burke, selections from Reflections on the Revolution in France (Norton); Percy Bysshe Shelley, “A Song: ‘Men of England’” (Norton)

Tuesday, Oct. 1: Richard Price, “The Discourse on the Love of Country”; Terry Eagleton, excerpt from “Nationalism and the Case of Ireland,” 44-48. paper one due

Romantic Ireland
Thursday, Oct. 3: Sydney Owenson, The Wild Irish Girl, Introductory letters-Letter IV (end page 44).

Tuesday, Oct. 8:  Sydney Owenson, The Wild Irish Girl, Letter V-Letter VIII (end page 85); Thomas Moore, biography“Remember Thee Erin!” “The Tear and the Smile in Thine Eyes,” “The Harp that Once Through Tara’s Halls” “Erin, Oh Erin,” “Let Erin Remember the Days of Old.” presentations.

Thursday, Oct. 10: Sydney Owenson, The Wild Irish Girl, Letter IX- Letter XVII (end page 135)

Tuesday, Oct. 15: Sydney Owenson, The Wild Irish Girl, Letter-XVII-Letter XXVI (end page 197); selections from Edward Said, Orientalism, 1-9. presentations.

Thursday, Oct. 17: Sydney Owenson, The Wild Irish Girl, Letter XXVII-Conclusion (End page 252)

Romantic England
Tuesday, Oct. 22: Mary Shelley, Frankenstein, beginning- Chapter VI (end page 71); Mary Wollstonecraft, selections from “A Vindication of the Rights of Woman” (Norton). presentations.

Thursday, Oct. 24:Mary Shelley, Frankenstein, Chapter VII-XVIII (end page 157)

Tuesday, Oct. 29: Mary Shelley, Frankenstein, Vol. XIX-end; selections from Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, “Frankenstein and a Critique of Imperialism.” presentations.

Romantic Scotland
Thursday, Oct. 31: Walter Scott, Waverley, Chapter 1-6

Tuesday, Nov. 5: Walter Scott, Waverley, Chapter 7-15, Ian Duncan, “Scotland and the Novel.” presentations.

Thursday, Nov. 7: Walter Scott, Waverley, Chapter 16-24. paper two due 

Tuesday, Nov. 12:  Walter Scott, Waverley, Chapter 25-36; Robert Burns, “To  a Mouse,” “Such a parcel of rogues in a nation,” “Robert Bruce’s March to Bannockburn” (Norton). presentations.

Thursday, Nov. 14: Walter Scott, Waverley, Chapter 37-44

Tuesday, Nov. 19: Walter Scott, Waverley, Chapter 45-52, Walter Scott, “The Lay of the Last Minstrel: Introduction” (Norton). presentations.

Thursday, Nov. 22: Walter Scott, Waverley, Chapter  52-61

Tuesday, Nov. 26: Walter Scott, Waverley, Chapter 62-68, selections from Franco Moretti, selections from Atlas of the European Novel. presentations.

Thursday, Nov. 28: No class – Thanksgiving break

Tuesday, December 3:  Walter Scott, Waverley, Chapter 69-72

Tuesday, December 10, 7:00 p.m.: Final paper due 



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