Important Schedule Changes
For 11/26—Read Eliot, "The
Sad Fortunes of the Reverend Amos Barton" (pdf)
MS Word version of "The Sad
Fortunes of the Reverend Amos Barton"
Second Paper now due finals week (12/3)
Take-home Final now due at the end of finals week (12/5)
Click on "Schedule" to see these changes
Audio Recordings of Coleridge's Poetry
Rime of the Ancient Mariner
Audio Recordings of Shelley's Poetry
to the West Wind
Summer Reading Fun!
If you hope to survive ENGL 510 this Fall, consider starting (and
finishing) at least one or two of the long Victorian novels we will be
studying: Charlotte Brontë Jane Eyre, Charles Dickens' Bleak
House, and George Eliot's Mill on the Floss.
See Reading List at the bottom of this page for the editions I have
The Longman Anthology of British Literature, Volume 2A might
be listed in the bookstore as a required text. It is recommended, not
required. I hope to make all of the readings available online, and most
if not all will be available in any decent anthology of British
literature (i.e. those published by Norton, Broadview, and others,
including the "Major Authors" or "concise"
If you are interested in British Romantic literature, however, you
are strongly encouraged to purchase the Longman Anthology of British
Literature, Volume 2A. It contains a fine selection of texts,
excellent notes, and probably the best period introduction and author
headnotes of all the anthologies.
The Gothic and the
Realistic are two primary strands in the history of the novel in Britain
and both can be seen as emerging out of the literary and cultural tumult
that surrounded the French Revolution and British Romanticism. In this
course, we will begin by examining Wordsworth’s and Coleridge’s Lyrical
Ballads, which according to Coleridge attempted to embody the twin
energies that would later go by the names Gothic and Realistic.
Coleridge’s task in the project was to write poems “directed to
persons and characters supernatural, or at least romantic.”
Wordsworth’s task was “to give the charm of novelty to things of every
day, and to excite a feeling analogous to the supernatural, by awakening
the mind’s attention from the lethargy of custom, and directing it to
the loveliness and the wonders of the world before us” (Biographia
Literaria, chapter 14). We will then focus on the figures of Byron and
Wordsworth, who came to represent the Gothic and the Realistic,
respectively, to the remainder of the nineteenth-century. These initial
investigations of early nineteenth century British Romanticism will
provide us with the foundation for our subsequent examination of the
British novel from Austen to Eliot.
Please note that over
the last eight weeks of the term we will be reading five novels, three of
which weigh in at over 500 pages and one of which exceeds 1,000 pages.
Because this is a seminar class rather than a formal lecture
course, active and informed contribution to class discussion is expected
from all students.
Jane. Northanger Abbey. New
York: Penguin, 1995. (0141439793)
Charlotte. Jane Eyre. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2008. (0199535590)
Charles. Bleak House. New York:
Penguin, 2003. (0141439726)
George. The Mill on the Floss.
New York: Penguin, 2003. (0141439629)
Elizabeth. Cranford. Oxford: Oxford UP, 1998. (0192832093)
Manning, eds. The Longman Anthology of British Literature, Volume 2A.
New York: Longman, 2006. (0321333942) OR Abrams, et al. Norton
Anthology of English Literature, Volume D. New York: WW Norton, 2005.