Dr. L. Adam Mekler 
English 509: Seminar In Romanticism
Fall 2013
Office:  Holmes Hall 228
Office Phone: (443) 885-4032
Email@Morgan: adam.mekler@morgan.edu
Class Homepage: http://l-adam-mekler.com/509links.htm

Required Texts:

Objectives: Requirements: Grading:

Weekly Response Papers: 10 %

Critical Response Paper 10 %

Oral Presentation: 20 %

Class Participation:  20 %

Critical Research Paper: 20 %

Final Examination 20 %

Assignment List (Subject to Subtle Revision):
Aug
28 Class Introduction
Sept 4
French Revolution: 108-49
Wordsworth: 410-11
The Prelude, from Bks. 9-10, 477-78, 514-30
Recommended: Gravil, "Some Other Being"
Recommended: from Fulford, Romanticism and Masculinity (Handout)

11 Blake: 169-71
Religion poems: 172-76
Songs of Innocence and Experience: 176-203
"Marriage of Heaven and Hell": 203-16
Recommended: Welch, "Blake's Songs"
Deadline for Selection of Presentation Topics

18
Wordsworth, Lyrical Ballads: 411-45
Coleridge: 624-25
"Ancient Mariner": 632-49, 651
Biographia Literaria, from chs. 13-14, 17 & 22: 686-96
Recommended: Richardson, "The Politics of Childhood"

25
Dorothy WW, Journals and Poems: 592-611
William WW:
"Nutting": 450-52 and Handout
"London, 1802": 476-77
"Resolution and Independence": 545-49
"I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud": 551
"My Heart Leaps Up": 552
"Ode: Intimations of Immortality": 552-58
Recommended: Soderholm, "Dorothy Wordsworth's Return"
Recommended: Jones, "Rude Intercourse"
Oct 2
Coleridge:
"Frost at Midnight": 630-33
"Christabel": 652-68
"Kubla Khan": 669-71
"Pains of Sleep": 673-74
"Dejection: An Ode": 674-78
Recommended: Lawder, "Secret(ing) Conversations"
Critical Response Paper Due

9 Austen, Pride and Prejudice
Recommended: Duckworth, "Reconstitution of Society": 306-15
Recommended: Johnson, "Pursuit of Happiness": 348-55
Deadline for Submission of Research Paper Abstracts

16
Byron: 708-10
Manfred: 711-47
The Byronic Hero, 747-53
Childe Harold's Pilgrimage: 765-79
Recommended: Cantor, "The Politics of the Epic"

23
Byron, from Don Juan: 781-862 and
Recommended: LaChance, "Don Juan"

30
Percy Shelley: 868-70
"To Wordsworth": 870-71
Alastor:
"Mont Blanc": 871-75 
"Sonnet: England in 1819": 878
"Mask of Anarchy": 879-88
Defence of Poetry: 920-30
Recommended: Carothers, "Alastor"
Nov 6
PBS, "Ode to the West Wind": 889-91
"To a Skylark": 891-93
Adonais: 894-909
Byron's Responses: 909-11
Prometheus Unbound
Recommended: Jost, "Anatomy of an Ode"

13 Mary Shelley, Frankenstein
Recommended: Mellor, "Possessing Nature": 355-68
Recommended: Lipking, "Frankenstein, the True Story": 416-34

20 Keats: 973-75
"La Belle Dame Sans Merci": 999-1002 (see also Letter to Benjamin Bailey: 1052)
Odes: 1003-14 (see also Letters to George & Thomas Keats, 1046-47, and to George & Georgiana Keats, 1056-57)
Fall of Hyperion, 1031-44 (see also Letter to Josh Reynolds: 1049-51)
Recommended: Kelley, "La Belle Dame"

27
Hemans: 930-32
"Casabianca": 939-40
Records of Woman: 940-55
Responses: 957-61
Recommended: Lootens, "Hemans and Home"
Dec
4
Popular Prose: 1086-87
Lamb: 1087-1098
Hazlitt: 1098-14
De Quincey: 1114-42
Recommended: Fang, "Empire, Coleridge, and Lamb"

11 Final Exam

16
Final Research Paper Due

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