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December 05, 2005

Poetry and Society: CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY

The Christmas term is a good opportunity to consolidate your knowledge of the Romantics. Ensure that you have read the following essays from your anthology:
•Edmund Burke, from A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origins of our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful (1757).
•Mary Wollstonecraft, from A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792).
•William Wordsworth, Preface to the Lyrical Ballads (1800).
•S. T. Coleridge, from Biographia Literaria (1817).
•P. B. Shelley, A Defence of Poetry (extracts).
•John Keats, letter to George and Tom Keats, December 21, 1817; letter to John Hamilton Reynolds, May 3, 1818; letter to Richard Woodhouse, October 27, 1818.

Important Books on the Romantics

M. H. Abrams, The Mirror and the Lamp: Romantic theory and the critical tradition (Norton, 1958).
Walter J. Bate, From Classic to Romantic (Harper, 1946).
Marilyn Butler, Romantics, rebels and reactionaries (Oxford UP, 1982).
Stuart Curran, The Cambridge Companion to British Romanticism (Cambridge UP, 1993).
Aidan Day, Romanticism (New Critical Idiom, 2000).
P. Feldman and T. Kelley, eds., Romantic Women Writers (New England UP, 1995).
Iain McCalman, An Oxford Companion to the Romantic Age (Oxford UP, 1999).
Anne Mellor, Romanticism and Gender (Indiana UP, 1993).

Important Books on the Victorians

Isobel Armstrong, Victorian Poetry: Poetry, Poetics, and Politics (Routledge, 1993).
Joseph Bristow, ed., The Cambridge Companion to Victorian Poetry (Cambridge UP, 2002).
Richard Cronin et al, ed. A Companion to Victorian Poetry (Blackwell, 2002).
Robin Gilmour, The Victorian period : the intellectual and cultural context of English literature, 1830–1890 (Longman,
Raymond Williams, Culture and Society 1780–1950 (London, 1958).

Poetry and Society: Spring Term Course Outline: Victorian Poetry

PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL OF THE READING IS IN YOUR ANTHOLOGY: Thomas J. Collins and Vivienne J. Rundle, ed., The Broadview Anthology of Victorian Poetry and Poetic Theory, Concise Edition (Broadview, 2000); ISBN 155111366X.

Week 1:Seminar: Tennyson: ‘The Lady of Shalott’, ‘Mariana’. John Stuart Mill’s essay ‘What is Poetry?’ and Arthur Henry Hallam’s ‘On Some of the Characteristics of Modern Poetry’.
Lecture:Victorian Poetry (Emma Francis)

Week 2:Seminar:Letitia Landon (LEL): ‘The Improvisatrice (I am a daughter of that land)’, ‘Sappho’s Song’, ‘The Nameless Grave’. Also her essay ‘On the Ancient and Modern Influence of Poetry’.
Lecture:Letitia Elizabeth Landon (Emma Francis)

Week 3:Seminar:Matthew Arnold: ‘Dover Beach’ and ‘The Buried Life’. Also Arnold’s ‘Preface to the First Edition of Poems’ and ‘The Function of Criticism at the Present Time’.
Lecture:Tennyson and Arnold (Emma Francis)

Week 4:Seminar:Tennyson: ‘Break, break, break’, ‘The Kraken’In Memoriam. Also William Johnson Fox’s essay ‘Tennyson: Poems Chiefly Lyrical 1830’.
Lecture:Tennyson, In Memoriam (Emma Mason)

Week 5:Seminar:Elizabeth Barrett Browning: ‘Runaway Slave at Pilgrim’s Point’ and ‘A Musical Instrument’. Robert rowning: ‘Porphyria’s Lover’ and ‘My Last Duchess’.
Lecture:Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning (Emma Francis)

Week 6:Reading Week – No seminar. No lecture.

Week 7:Seminar:D.G. Rossetti: ‘Jenny’ and ‘Willowwood’ (sonnets xlix, 1, li, lii), his essay ‘The Stealthy School of Criticism’ and Robert Buchanan’s essay ‘The Fleshly School of Poetry: Mr. D.G. Rossetti’. Christina Rossetti: ‘Goblin Market’.
Lecture:‘Goblin Market’ and ‘Jenny’ (Emma Francis)

Week 8:Seminar:Christina Rossetti: ‘After Death’, ‘Echo’, ‘In an Artist’s Studio’, ‘A Better Ressurection’.
Lecture:Christina Rossetti (Emma Francis)

Week 9: Seminar:Gerard Manley Hopkins: ‘God’s Grandeur’, ‘The Windhover’, ‘As kingfishers catch fire’. Also his ‘Author’s Preface’.
Lecture:Hopkins (Emma Mason)

Week 10:Seminar:Swinburne: ‘Anactoria’, ‘The Garden of Proserpine’. Also his essay ‘Under the Microscope’.
Lecture:Swinburne (Jonathan Bate)

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