MORGAN STATE UNIVERSITY

COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS

DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH AND LANGUAGE ARTS

SYLLABUS

 
Course No. and Title:  ENGL 714:  Social and Political Thought in the Literature of the British Romantic Period
Term: Spring 2011
Instructor’s Name: L. Adam Mekler, Ph. D.
Office: Holmes Hall 228
Phone: 443.885.4032
E-mail:  adam.mekler@morgan.edu
Classroom: Communications Center 207
Office Hours: M 2-2:50, TTh 1-2:50, and by appt.
Class Homepage: http://l-adam-mekler.com/714links.htm

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
 
 
Jan 26 Course Introduction



A. Feminism and Gender
Feb 2 Wollstonecraft, Vindication of the Rights of Woman
The Wrongs of Woman, or Maria
Talleyrand Excerpt (handout)
Recommended: Ferguson, “MW and the Problematics of Slavery”
Recommended: Hoeveler, “Reading the Wound”

9 Hays, The Victim of Prejudice
Recommended: Brooks, "Chastity Renegotiated"

16 Lister, I Know My Own Heart
WW, “To the Lady E.B and the Hon. Miss P” (handout)
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, (handouts) :
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”
March
2 Equiano, Narrative of the Interesting Life
(Gates 15-247)
Recommended: Orban, “Dominant and Submerged Discourses”

9
Equiano, cont.
Prince, History of Mary Prince
(Gates 249-321)
Recommended: Paquet, “Heartbeat of a West Indian Slave”

16 Earle, Obi, or, the History of Three-Fingered Jack
Richardson, “Romantic Voodoo”
Edgeworth, “The Grateful Negro”
Recommended: Kim, "Maria Edgeworth's The Grateful Negro"
Recommended: Boulokos, "Maria Edgeworth's The Grateful Negro"
Critical Response Paper Due

23
Spring Break:  No Class

30
Blake,  “The Little Black Boy,” (handout)
“Visions of the Daughters of Albion” (handout)
Recommended: Mellor, “Sex, Violence, and Slavery”
Coleridge, “Greek Prize Ode on the Slave Trade” (handout)
“The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” (see pp. 183-201)
Recommended:  Diggle, “Coleridge's Greek Ode”
Recommended: May, “Coleridge's Slave Trade Ode”
No Official Class Meeting, but There Will be an Assignment
Apr 6 Southey, from Poems on the Slave Trade (handout)
WW, “To Toussaint L’Ouverture” (handout)
“September 1st, 1802” (“The Banished Negroes”) (handout)
“To Thomas Clarkson” (handout)
“Queen and Negress chaste and fair!” (handout)
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

13 Lewis, Journals of a West Indian Proprietor
Recommended: Sandiford, "'Monk Lewis' and the Slavery Sublime"
Recommended: Von Sneidern, "'Monk' Lewis's Journals"

20
Byron, The Giaour (print pp. 1-36)
The Bride of Abydos
The Corsair (print pp. 1-51)
Recommended: Meyer, “Romantic Orientalism”
Recommended: Schneider, “Secret Sins of the Orient”

27 P. Shelley, Hellas
Recommended: Kabitoglou, “The Name of Freedom”
De Quincey, Confessions of an English Opium-Eater
Recommended: Garcia, “In the Name of the Incestuous Mother”
May
4 Mary Shelley,  The Last Man
Recommended: Ruppert, “Time and the Sibyl”
Recommended: On-Line Resources 

11
Final Examination

16
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: