Department of English

University of Toronto

ENG308Y1Y L0101

ENG308Y1Y   L0101   T11-1, R11
Romantic Poetry and Prose
Instructor: Professor Michael Johnstone
Office Location: Jackman Humanities Building, Room 803
Email: m.johnstone@utoronto.ca

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 aspects of society at the end of the 18th and beginning of the 19th century — political, economic, cultural, artistic, religious, scientific, philosophical, and more. We will 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, William Godwin, Letitita Elizabeth Landon, Ann Radcliffe, Charlotte Smith, and Mary Wollstonecraft.

Required Reading: The Broadview Anthology of Romantic Poetry, edited by Laura Buzzard et al., Broadview Press, 2016; Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth, Lyrical Ballads 1798 and 1800, edited by Michael Gamer and Dahlia Porter, Broadview Press, 2008; William Godwin, Mandeville, edited by Tilottama Rajan, Broadview Press, 2015; Letitia Elizabeth Landon, Selected Writings, edited by Jerome McGann and Daniel Riess, Broadview Press, 1997; Ann Radcliffe, The Romance of the Forest, edited by Chloe Chard, Oxford UP, 2009.

NOTE: All texts will be available at the UofT Book Store (Koffler Centre, at St. George and College Streets). You are strongly encouraged to purchase/use the assigned Broadview editions of the novels, as we will be using their contextual/background sources extensively in lectures and for Essay #2.

First Three Authors/Texts: TBA

Method of Instruction: Lecture, discussion, group work.

Method of Evaluation: Fall Essay (20%), Fall Test (15%), Winter Essay (30%), Winter Test (15%), Participation (15%), Discussion Leader (5%).


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