English 362: British Literature 1798-1890

Schedule: Fall 2005

Dr. Tina L. Hanlon

Ferrum College

Home Page for this course

Norton Anthology Web Site


Study Questions on Blake and Wordsworth

NOTE: Reading assignments are in the Norton Anthology of English Literature, vol. 2, A or B, unless otherwise indicated. You should come to class prepared to discuss all the readings assigned for that day unless a different plan has been announced in the previous class. It is your responsibility to check these pages regularly for updates and new materials.


Topics and Readings

Writing & Other Assignments

T 8/30

Introduction to Course and Romanticism  
Th 9/1

Introduction to Romanticism

William Blake, 35-59. In Songs of Innocence and Experience, concentrate on “Introduction,” “The Lamb,” “The Tyger,” “The Chimney Sweeper” (2 poems); Also “Mock On, Mock on, Voltaire, Rousseau,” 84; “And Did Those Feet,” 85 (see link on assignments page to song version).

Robert Burns, 99-116


See optional links on assignments page and illustrations and audio files in Norton CD.

T 9/6

Discuss Blake, Burns, and Romanticism


Th 9/8

Finish Blake and Burns

Begin William Wordsworth: "Preface to Lyrical Ballads" 238-51; Poems 222-28, 235-59, 284-99

Look at photo of Tintern Abbey on Study Questions page.
T 9/13

Finish Wordsworth, especially "Ode: Intimations," "Tintern Abbey" and "Preface"

Coleridge, 416-41 (also any of the poems 457-67 if there is time). With "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner," look at illustrations by Gustave Doré (complete illustrated edition is on reserve in library and a different edition is available on Internet: Illustrated text at UVA Electronic Text Center; one illustration is in your Norton CD.)

Possible mini-report for one of you: discuss illustrated versions of "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" with the class. (TH has one by Ed Young..
Th 9/15 Continue discussion of Wordsworth and Coleridge  
T 9/20

John Keats, 823-29, 833-54–especially "On First Looking into Chapman’s Homer," 826;"When I have fears," 833; "Bright Star," 845; "La Belle Dame Sans Merci," 845-47; "Ode to a Nightingale," 849-51; "Ode on a Grecian Urn," 851-53. See links to paintings of "La Belle Dame" on 204 assignments page.

Th 9/22 Byron, “She Walks in Beauty” and other poems pp. 551-63

Percy B. Shelley, 698-702, 720-32, 765-69, 786-88, especially “Ozymandias” 725-26, “Ode to the West Wind” 730-32, “When the Lamp is Shattered” 786-87

T 9/27 Mary W. Shelley, Frankenstein, including Introduction, pp. 903-1034

See Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature: Exhibit (1997-98) web site at National Library of Medicine. Read the pages The Birth of Frankenstein, Frankenstein: The Modern Prometheus and The Celluloid Monster.

Th 9/29 Finish discussing the Shelleys and Romanticism  
T 10/4 Introduction to Victorian period (look over intro. and timeline in anthology, pp. 1043 ff.) Short Paper on Romanticism due
Th 10/6 Begin discussing the Brontës (see Emily on pp. 1418-25).  Read at least chaps. 1-10 of Jane Eyre  
T 10/11 Discuss Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë  
Th 10/13 Midterm exam
Th  10/20

Review Introduction to Victorian Period

Tennyson, 1198-1281, 1304, especially  “The Lady of Shalott,” 1204 (illustrations at this link); “Ulysses,” 1213; "Tithonus," 1215; “Tears, Idle Tears,” 1226, and other Princess lyrics; “The Eagle,” 1219; “Break, Break, Break,” 1216. If you have trouble getting through In Memoriam excerpts, don't skip stanzas 1-8, 14-30, 50, 54-59 (especially 56), 99-109, 118, 129-31.

T 10/25 Continue discussion of Tennyson.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning, 1173-98. You can skip the excerpts from Aurora Leigh.

Th 10/27 NO CLASS.  We will make up this class meeting by meeting at another time we agree on.
Work on reading R. Browning for next week and revising papers/tests.
T 11/1

Robert Browning (1345- ), Dramatic monologues 1349-56 and 1359-62, especially “Porphyria’s Lover” and “My Last Duchess”; “Home Thoughts” and other lyric and narrative poems 1356-58, 1362, 1365-73, 1382-84, 1390-92, 1413-18. Also recommended:  dramatic monologues "Fra Lippo Lippi," Andrea del Sarto"

Also finish Elizabeth Barrett Browning, especially sonnets.

Optional: online version of "My Last Duchess" with notes and commentary (and other poems by both Brownings in this web site)

Optional: Browning's "The Pied Piper," with illustrations by Victorian Kate Greenaway

Come to class well-prepared to discuss one Browning poem that you choose.  Have some definite ideas about how it reflects the development of realism or the continuing influence of Romanticism, or the theme of life vs. art, or some other theme or influence that you identify.
Th 11/3 George Eliot, excerpt from The Mill on the Floss, Book 1,  in Norton anthology Come to class prepared to discuss the views of childhood in this novel and the ways it presents three dimensions of place:  the natural environment, the built environment, and human culture and history (including human conflict).
T 11/8 Matthew Arnold 1471-85, 1492-98. Also "The Scholar Gypsy" and "Thyrsis" optional

Discussion of  Kipling led by Logann Gavey
See Norton anthology 1863-64, 1888-94 and  "How the Camel Got His Hump" from Just So Stories (with Kipling's illustrations at this link)

Come to class well-prepared to discuss one Arnold poem
Th 11/10

Mini-report by Jamie on film Sense and Sensibility

Pre-Raphaelite Artists:
Dante Gabriel Rossetti, poems 1573-82

See Norton Web site on The Painterly Image in Poetry with links to Rossetti and Morris illustrations.

T 11/15 Discussion of Victorian fairy tales and Oscar Wilde, led by Erin B
See The Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde in Sur La Lune Fairy Tale Pages: Read "The Selfish Giant" and/or "The Devoted Friend"

Christina Rossetti, poems 1583-1605. Be sure to read "Goblin Market."

Watercolor Waiting for the Goblin Market by Omar Rayyan, 2003
Cover by Arthur Rackham for Goblin Market, 1933

See Norton Web site on The Painterly Image in Poetry with links to Rossetti and Morris illustrations.

Th 11/17 Finish discussion of Pre-Raphaelite art and poetry by the Rossettis

Discussion of "Light Verse" led by Jamie Lumsden
See Edward Lear and Lewis Carroll poems, 1662-74, and W. S. Gilbert lyrics. Also read "The Owl and the Pussy Cat" at this link, with Lear's illustrations. Some background and other illustrations are given at http://www.the-office.com/bedtime-story/owlpussycat.htm.

T 11/22 See the page on Topics for Short Assignments and decide on your remaining assignments and times.

William Morris (1605- ), “The Haystack in the Floods,” 1614-18 and other poems

Discussion led by Lindsay Rutherford on Industrialism (readings in anthology)
See some illustrations and background on Dickens' Hard Times in The Victorian Web, especially page on HT as an Industrial Novel.

For more of Hard Times, see UVA Etext or Project Gutenberg online version.

Th 11/24 Thanksgiving Break

Topics for Short Discussions Led by Students

T 11/29-Th 12/1 Tess of the d'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

11/29 Discussion led by Kaya Love of Victorian periodicals and serial publication of fiction

T 12/6 Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest

Erin will show us her web page on Wilde.

Discussion of Evolution led by Michelle Vincent
Readings in anthology, pp. 1679ff.

Th 12/8 Mini-report by Logann on films of Emma and Clueless
Mini-report by Michelle on article on Tess, discussion of end of Tess
Mini-report by Lindsay on article on Blake poems
Research paper due today or 12/14
M, 12/12/05 Final Exam:  2-4 p.m. (Some people will start about 3:30)
W 12/14 Research paper due by today. Be sure you have clarified with the professor  whether your research paper will count as more than 20% and how much your short assignments will count in your final grade.

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