Department of English

University of Toronto

ENG308Y1Y L0201

ENG308Y1Y   L0201   T3-5, R4
Romantic Poetry and Prose
Instructor: Dr. M. Johnstone
Office Location: Jackman Humanities Building, Room 803

Brief Description of Course: This course will explore how writers of the British Romantic period (roughly, 1780 to 1832) responded to and participated in a time of intense and profound change in all areas of life at the end of the 18th and beginning of the 19th century — political, economic, cultural, artistic, religious, scientific, philosophical, and more. We’ll consider a range of themes and ideas central to the literature of the time, such as the sublime and the beautiful, revolution, gender and women’s rights, the Gothic, nature, slavery and abolition, form and genre, and imagination. Readings will focus on the works of William Blake, William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Lord Byron, and John Keats, along with writers such as Anna Laetitia Barbauld, Letitita Elizabeth Landon, Ann Radcliffe, Walter Scott, Charlotte Smith, and Mary Wollstonecraft.

Required Reading: Selections from The Age of Romanticism, ed. Joseph Black et al. (2nd ed.; Broadview, 2010); Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth, Lyrical Ballads 1798 and 1800, ed. Michael Gamer and Dahlia Porter (Broadview, 2008); Letitia Elizabeth Landon, Selected Writings, ed. Jerome McGann and Daniel Riess (Broadview, 1997); Ann Radcliffe, The Romance of the Forest, ed. Chloe Chard (Oxford UP, 2009); Sir Walter Scott, Waverley, ed. Susan Kubica Howard (Broadview, 2010).

NOTE: All texts will be available at the UofT Book Store (Koffler Centre, at St. George and College Streets). As well, Lyrical Ballads will be available bundled with the Age of Romanticism anthology at no extra cost (i.e., making it free with purchase of the anthology).

First Three Authors/Texts: TBA

Method of Evaluation: Fall essay (20%); fall test (15%); winter essay (30%); winter test (15%); participation (15%); discussion leader (5%).

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