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Jan 15: Introduction to course.
Jan. 22: Theories of Authorship and Poetic Production. Read William Wordsworth, "Preface to Lyrical Ballads" (1800, 1802), and "The Solitary Reaper" (1807); Percy Shelley, "Defense of Poetry" (1820); Michel Foucault, "What is an Author?"; Roland Barthes, "The Death of the Author"; also the first 56 pages of The Construction of Authorship: Textual Appropriation in Law and Literature, eds. Woodmansee and Jaszi (1994).
Jan 29: Sympathy, Contagion, and Sensibility: Read the selected poems from 1784-1791 by Helen Maria Williams, William Lisle Bowles, William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Charlotte Smith, and Mary Robinson. Read Jacqueline M. Labbe, "Selling One's Sorrows: Charlotte Smith, Mary Robinson, and the Marketing of Poetry". Read Judith Pascoe, "The Spectacular Flaneuse: Mary Robinson and the City of London."
Feb 5: Della Cruscanism and the Idea of Italy. Read Poetry of the World (1788). Read the Della Cruscan Timeline in the Coursepack. Read Jerome McGann, "The Literal World of the English Della Cruscans."
Feb 12: Rhetorics of Revolution and Counter-Revolution I: The French Revolution Controversy. Read William Blake, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, the introductory essay by Marilyn Butler, and selections by Price, Williams, Burke, Paine, Wollstonecraft, Godwin. Read Olivia Smith, "The Rights of Man and Its Aftermath" (1984).
Feb 19: Rhetorics of Reform. Read Anna Letitia Barbauld, Poems (1792), "An Address to the Opposers of the Repeal of the Test and Corporations Acts." Read Marlon Ross, "Configurations of Feminine Reform: The Woman Writer and the Tradition of Dissent" (1994).
Feb 26: The Sex of Revolution: Blake and Wollstonecraft. Read Mary Wollstonecraft, selections from Original Stories from Real Life (1788) and A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792). Read William Blake, Visions of the Daughters of Albion (1792-1793). Read Nelson Hilton, "An Original Story" (1986), and Vivien Jones, "Women Writing Revolution: Narratives of History and Sexuality in Wollstonecraft and Williams" (from Beyond Romanticism: New Approaches to Texts and Contexts, 1780-1832).
March 5: Politics of Desire: Botany and Locodescription. Read Erasmus Darwin, The Loves of the Plants (1789), focusing especially on Cantos I and III and the interludes. Read William Wordsworth, An Evening Walk (1793). Read selections from The Anti-Jacobin: "The Loves of the Triangles." Read Alan Liu, "The Politics of the Picturesque: An Evening Walk" (1989).
SPRING BREAK: Please read the selections from Joseph Cottle, Reminiscences of Coleridge and Southey (1847); the selected letters of Wordsworth and Coleridge in the coursepack; and Cottle's list of publications (in coursepack).
Mar 19: The Cottle Circle I. Read Poems, by S. T. Coleridge, second edition. To which are now added poems by Charles Lamb, and Charles Lloyd (1797). We will be reading this volume in connection to the Cottle material I asked you to read over break.
Mar 26: The Cottle Circle II. Read Robert Southey, Poems (1797). Read Samuel Coleridge and William Wordsworth, Lyrical Ballads (1798). Read Olivia Smith, "Variations on the Languages of Men: Rustics, Peasants, and Plough-boys" (1984).
Apr 2: The Cottle and Johnson Circle, and the Failure of the Revolution. Read Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Fears in Solitude (Johnson, 1798). Read William Godwin, Memoirs of the Author of a Vindication of the Rights of Woman (Johnson, 1798). Read Anna Letitia Barbauld, "Sins of the Government, Sins of the Nation."
Apr 9: CONFERENCE PAPER TITLES AND 1-2 PAGE ABSTRACTS DUE. Read William Wordsworth, Lyrical Ballads, Volume 2 (1800). Read Mary Robinson, Lyrical Tales (Cottle, 1800). Read the Robinson-Coleridge Correspondence in coursepack. Read Marlon B. Ross, "Naturalizaing Gender: Woman's Place in Wordsworth's Ideological Landscape" (1986). Read Stuart Curran, "Mary Robinson's Lyrical Tales in Context."
Apr 16: Della Cruscanism, Generation Two. Read Charlotte Dacre, Hours of Solitude (1805; selections); Lord Byron, Hours of Idleness (1807), and English Bards and Scotch Reviewers (short selection). Read Jerome McGann, "'My Brain is Feminine': Byron and the Poetry of Deception."
Apr 23: End-of-Semester Conference.
May 4 (approx.): End of semester essay due.