Schedule — Fall 2013

Week 1: Introduction and Romanticism

8/27 – Course Introduction

  • To what the Romantics reacted: The Enlightenment, selections from Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe (handout).

8/29 – Prefatory material re: The Romantic Period

  • Read [pp. 2-19, 34-36]
  • Skim the sections between [pp. 19-33] but look at the pictures between [pp. 26-27]

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

  • from Frankenstein; or the Modern Prometheus (1819) [pp. 692-93]

John Keats:

  • Intro [pp. 878-80]
  • “Ode to a Nightingale” (1819) [pp. 911-13]

Due: Blog post (1-2 paragraphs): Compare either the passage from Frankenstein or “Ode to a Nightingale” with the Robinson Crusoe handout. In what ways are they different? Do you notice any similarities? Be sure to quote from both texts to back up your point.

Week 2: The Aesthetics of Early Romantic Poetry

9/3 – The Sublime and the Beautiful

  • Selections from Edmund Burke, A Philosophical Inquiry into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful [pp. 37-41]
  • Charlotte Smith: Intro [pp. 81-82], “To melancholy. Written on the banks of the Arun October, 1785” [p. 84]

9/5 – The Picturesque

  • Selections from William Gilpin: Intro and selected essays on the Picturesque and travel [pp. 47-52]
  • Intro to William Wordsworth and Lyrical Ballads (1798) [pp. 371-73]
  • William Wordsworth, “Lines written a few miles above Tintern Abbey” (1798) [pp. 390-94]

Due: Blog post (2 paragraphs) – In what ways does “Tintern Abbey” epitomize the aesthetic philosophy of the picturesque? Back up your point by using at least one quote from the poem.

Week 3: Romantic Visions

9/10 – Samuel Taylor Coleridge:

  • Intro [pp. 557-58]
  • “Kubla Khan” (1797/1816) [pp. 602-04]

Percy Bysshe Shelley

  • Intro [pp. 773-75]
  • “Ozymandias” (1818) [p. 782]

9/12 – William Blake

Due: Blog post (1-2) paragraphs: Compare the visual differences between the Morgan 1790 edition ( and the 1794 edition held at the Fitzwilliam Museum ( Do the disparities in color lead to a substantial difference in meaning? Be sure to quote from the text and link to or embed the images to back up your point.

Week 4: The French Revolution, The Rights of Man, The Rights of Woman

9/17 – The Rights of Man and the Revolution Controversy [p. 104]

  • Helen Maria Williams, “Letters Written in France, Summer 1790” [pp. 104-09]
  • Edmund Burke, from “Reflections on the Revolution in France” (1790) [pp. 109-18]

9/19 – The Wollstonecraft Controversy and the Rights of Women [p. 315]

Mary Wollstonecraft

  • “A Vindication of the Rights of Woman” (1792): introduction and Chapters 1 & 2 [pp. 288-303]

Week 5: The Abolition of Slavery

9/24 – The Abolition of Slavery and the Slave Trade [pp. 214-15]

  • Olaudah Equiano, from “The Interesting Narrative…” (1789) [pp. 215-24]


  • Mary Prince, from “The History of Mary Prince, a West Indian Slave” (1831) [pp. 224-29]
  • William Cowper, “The Negroe’s Complaint” (1793) [pp. 243-44]

9/26 – In class-activity: Romanticism Roundup

Paper 1 due

Week 6: The Victorian Period – Industry, Culture, and Social Problems

10/1 – Prefatory Material re: the Victorian Period

  • Read [pp. 1044-73]
  • See cartoon by John Leech, “Horseman pursued by a train engine named ‘Time’” [p. 1089]
  • Fanny Kemble, from “Record of a Girlhood” (1830) [pp. 1091-92]

Perspectives: The Industrial Landscape [pp. 1088-89]

Friedrich Engels

  • Intro and selections from The Condition of the Working Class in England in 1844 (1845) [pp. 1101-08]

10/3 – Matthew Arnold

  • Intro [pp. 1557-60]
  • Selections from Culture and Anarchy (1859) [pp. 1595-1604]
  • “Dover Beach” (1851/1867) [p. 1562]

Due: Blog post (2 paragraphs): Discuss one or two points of engagement with modernity that you find in both Culture and Anarchy and “Dover Beach.” Be sure to quote from both texts to back up your point.

Week 7: Victorian Science and Fiction

10/8 – Charles Darwin

  • Intro and selections from The Voyage of the Beagle, On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, and The Descent of Man [pp. 1260-83]

10/10 – Elizabeth Gaskell

  • Intro and “Our Society at Cranford” (1853) [pp. 1432-47]

Due: Blog post (1-2 paragraphs). Does “Our Society at Cranford” have any points in common with Darwin’s theories? If so, how does it affect your understanding of the story? Be sure to quote from the text to back up your point.

Week 8: Victorian Poetry

10/15 – Lord Alfred Tennyson

  • Intro [pp. 1175-78]
  • “The Lady of Shallott” (1842) [pp. 1181-85]

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

  • Intro [pp. 1611-12]
  • “The Burden of Nineveh” (1856) [pp. 1618-22]

10/17 – Elizabeth Barrett Browning

  • Intro [pp. 1138-40]
  • Selections from Aurora Leigh (1856) [pp. 1155-74]

Week 9: the Fin-de-Siècle: Aestheticism & Decadence

10/22 – Prefatory Material [pp. 1885-88]

Arthur Symons

  • Intro and “White Heliotrope” (1895) [pp. 1903-04]

Oscar Wilde

  • Intro [pp. 1818-21]
  • The Importance of Being Earnest (1895) [pp. 1829-69]

10/24Earnest (con’t)

In-class activity: Victorian Period Roundup

Paper 2 Due

Week 10: Modernism

10/29 – Prefatory Material: “The Twentieth Century and Beyond” [pp. 1918-1938]

Ezra Pound

  • “In a Station of the Metro” (1913) (handout)

James Joyce

  • Intro, “Araby,” and “Eveline” from Dubliners (1916) [pp. 2215-25]

Due: Blog post (2 paragraphs): Even though Joyce worked primarily in prose fiction, his writing tends to be poetic. In which ways do “Araby” or “Eveline” (pick one) share features with “In a Station of the Metro”? Be sure to back up your point by quoting from the texts.


  • Read through the first issue of BLAST magazine (June 1914), paying particular attention to the visual art, “Long Live the Vortex!” [pp. 7-8, right after the table of contents], and “Manifesto” 1 & 2 [pp. 11-43]. A reprint of BLAST can be found in McFarlin Books, AP4 .B605 1981 v.1. More information can be found at The Modernist Journals Project, a digital archive run by The University of Tulsa and Brown University:

Week 11: WWI & Its Aftermath

11/5 – Introduction and Context

  • Perspectives – The Great War: Confronting the Modern [p. 2112]

Watch these two brief videos for a sense of what trench and chemical warfare was like during WWI. It will help you understand the poetry.

Representation of Trench Combat in A Very Long Engagement [2004]).

Representation of Chemical and Flame-Thrower Warfare in Young Indiana Jones (1992-93)

For more information, see the Video page on my WWI course site plus the online exhibit of WWI materials produced by TU students last semester.

Rupert Brooke

  • Intro and “The Soldier” (1915) [pp. 2134-37]

Isaac Rosenberg

  • Intro and “Break of Day in the Trenches” (1916) [pp. 2138-39]

Siegfried Sassoon

  • Intro, “They,” and “Everyone Sang” (1919) [pp. 2130-32]

Wilfred Owen

  • Intro and “Dulce et Decorum Est” (1917) [pp. 2157-61]

11/7 – T.S. Eliot, “The Waste Land” (1922) [pp. 2297-2310]

Optional: William Butler Yeats, “The Second Coming” (1919) [p. 2183]

Due: Blog post (2 paragraphs): How does Eliot use the technique of fragmentation to embody a response to WWI? Be sure to quote from the text to back up your points.

Week 12: Aftermath of WWI & High Modernism

11/12 – Virginia Woolf

  • To the Lighthouse (1927) [forward and pp. 3-71]

11/14Lighthouse [finish Part 1 – The Window pp. 71-124]

Week 13: Aftermath of WWI & High Modernism (con’t)

11/19 – Lighthouse [read Part 2 – Time Passes pp. 125-143]

Due: Blog post (2 paragraphs). How does Woolf manipulate time in “Time Passes” to engage with WWI and its aftermath? Be sure to quote from the text to back up your point.

11/21Lighthouse [read Part 3 – The Lighthouse pp. 145-209]

Week 14: Thanksgiving Break

Week 15: The End of Empire and Postmodernism

12/3 – Prefatory Material [pp. 1938-48]

  • Perspectives: World War II and the End of Empire [pp. 2527-28]

George Orwell

  • Intro and “Shooting an Elephant” (1934) [pp. 2566-71]

12/5 -Roundup and exam prep

Samuel Beckett

  • Intro and Endgame (1957) [pp. 2577-2613]

Final Papers Due

12/16Final Exam – 9:00-11:25

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