English 315
British Romanticism
Student Presentations

Students are expected to select a topic from the list below and come to class prepared to "teach" the class on that day. What this means is that you will be prepared to discuss all relevant background--historical and biographical--information and present a thoughtful and critical explanation of the reading(s), one that moves beyond simple plot summary and instead addresses the text's(s') important themes, arguments, literary techniques, etc., including, if necessary, an explanation of the text's(s') connection to other works that we might have read or other significant works of the period.  Your ability to provide thoughtful responses to questions from your classmates and/or instructor will also be an important factor.

Keep in mind, here, that I am not expecting you to become an "expert," on the work(s) (whatever that means).  What I will expect is that you have thought carefully about the text(s) and, most likely, solicited information from outside sources to facilitate your understanding of the work.  References to secondary sources (with appropriate domentation, of course), use of visual aids, and creative techniques to increase audience participation are all encouraged, as long as the primary focus remains on the explanation of the actual work(s) itself (themselves). Please let me know as early as possible what if any electronic/technological accomodations you will require so that I can make the proper arrangements.




Name
Oct
1
Equiano and Prince


3
Blake, "The Little Black Boy"
WW, "To Toussaint L'Ouverture" 
"September 1, 1802" 
Dennis

5
Wollstonecraft, from Vindication of the Rights of Woman Renee

8
Dorothy Wordsworth, Grasmere Journals
WW, "I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud"
Maura

12
Midterm Examination
Nov
7
Percy Shelley, "from A Defence of Poetry"
Crystal

9
PBS, "Ode to the West Wind"
"To a Sky-Lark"
Maya

19
Frankenstein, Introduction and Preface


21
Frankenstein, Vol. 1


26
Frankenstein, Vol. 2

28
Frankenstein, Vol. 3

30
 Keats, "Endymion"
Letters

Dec
3
Keats "Ode to a Nightingale"
"Ode on a Grecian Urn"