Course No. and Title:  ENGL 714:  Social and Political Thought in the Literature of the British Romantic Period
Term: Fall 2019
Instructor’s Name: L. Adam Mekler, Ph. D.
Office: Holmes Hall 228
Phone: 443.885.4032
Classroom: Holmes 112
Office Hours: Mon. Wed. Fri. : 11- 11:50
Tues.: 11-12:50
Thurs.: 1-1:50
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Course Description:
This course will consider the social and political contexts of British Romantic literature by examining works that deal specifically with the most important issues of the time.

Course Objectives:
This course will emphasize the importance of critical and analytical skills in examining various works of the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, written in a variety of modes, including autobiography, poetry, and narrative fiction.  Students will be expected to develop their own interpretive abilities while demonstrating their ability to

Student Learning Outcomes:
After completion of English 714, students should be able to Reading List:
Note:  Texts are listed under the theme with which they may be most closely identified, though certain texts could be cross-listed under multiple headings.
: On-line source
19 Course Introduction

A. Feminism and Gender

26 Wollstonecraft, Vindication of the Rights of Woman
The Wrongs of Woman, or Maria
Talleyrand Excerpt
Recommended: Ferguson, “MW and the Problematics of Slavery”
Recommended: Hoeveler, “Reading the Wound”
Labor Day: No Class

9 Hays, The Victim of Prejudice
Recommended: Jones, “Placing Jemima”
Recommended: Brooks, “Chastity Renegotiated”

16 Lister, Secret Diaries
WW, “To the Lady E.B and the Hon. Miss P”
Recommended: Clark, “Anne Lister's Construction of Lesbian Identity”
Recommended: Brideoake, “‘Extraordinary Female Affection’”
Deadline to Select Topic for Brief Oral Presentation

B. Slavery and Abolition

23 Phillis Wheatley, :
“To the University of Cambridge, in New-England”
“To S. M., a Young African Painter” 
“To the Right Hon. William, Earl of Dartmouth”
“On Being Brought from Africa to America”
“An Hymn to Morning”
“A Farewell to America. To Mrs. S. W.”
“On Imagination”
“To His Excellency George Washington”
“On the Death of Gen. Wooster”
Recommended: Balkun, “Phillis Wheatley's Construction of Otherness”
Recommended: Walker, “In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens”
Recommended: Jordan, “The Difficult Miracle of Black Poetry in America”

Equiano, Narrative of the Interesting Life
(Gates 15-247)
Recommended: Orban, “Dominant and Submerged Discourses”
Cugoano, Thoughts and Sentiments on the Evil of Slavery
Prince, History of Mary Prince
(Gates 249-321)
Recommended: Hole, From Sentiment to Security"
Recommended: Paquet, “Heartbeat of a West Indian Slave”

14 Earle, Obi, or, the History of Three-Fingered Jack
Edgeworth, “The Grateful Negro”
Recommended: Richardson, “Romantic Voodoo”
Recommended: Boulukos, "Maria Edgeworth's The Grateful Negro"
Recommended: Manly, "Intertextuality, Slavery, and Abolition" 
Critical Response Paper Due

Blake,  “The Little Black Boy,”
“Visions of the Daughters of Albion”
Coleridge, “Greek Prize Ode on the Slave Trade”
“The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” (see pp. 183-201)
Recommended: Mellor, “Sex, Violence, and Slavery”
Recommended:  Diggle, “Coleridge's Greek Ode”
Recommended: May, “Coleridge's Slave Trade Ode”

Southey, from Poems on the Slave Trade
WW, Sonnets
“To Toussaint L’Ouverture” 
“September 1st, 1802” (“The Banished Negroes”) 
“To Thomas Clarkson”
“Queen and Negress chaste and fair!”
Recommended: Persyn, “The Sublime Turn Away from Empire” 
Recommended: Kaplan, “Black Heroes / White Writers” (see painting referred to )
Deadline for Research Paper Abstracts

C. Colonialism and Orientalism
Nov 4 Lewis, Journals of a West India Proprietor (See the Introduction here if you are using the on-line version )
Recommended: Sandiford,  "'Monk Lewis' and the Slavery Sublime"
Recommended: Von Sneidern, "'Monk' Lewis's Journals"

11 Byron, The Giaour
The Bride of Abydos
The Corsair
Recommended: Meyer, “Romantic Orientalism”
Recommended: Schneider, “Secret Sins of the Orient”

Byron, “Tale of Calil” and “Augustus Darvell”
Polidori, The Vampyre
Recommended: Gibson, "The Vampyre and the Dangers of Philhellenism"

P. Shelley, Hellas
De Quincey, Confessions of an English Opium-Eater (See the Introduction here if you are using an on-line version)
Recommended: Kabitoglou, “The Name of Freedom”
Recommended: Garcia, “In the Name of the Incestuous Mother”
2  Mary Shelley,  The Last Man
Recommended: Cantor, "The Apocalypse of Empire”
Recommended: On-Line Resources 

Final Examination

Final Research Paper Due

Course Requirements and Student Evaluation:

Grading Scale:

Weekly Response Papers: 10 %

Critical Response Paper 10 %

Oral Presentation: 20 %

Class Participation:  20 %

Critical Research Paper: 20 %

Final Examination 20 %

Required Texts:

Secondary Texts: