Department of English

University of Toronto

ENG482H1F - L0101

ENG482H1F  L0101  T3-5 
Revolution and Genre in Wordsworth and Coleridge's Lyrical Ballads
M. Johnstone
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Brief Description of Course:
This course will explore the significance of William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s experiments with poetic genre in the first and second editions of Lyrical Ballads (1798 and 1800), especially in the context of the French Revolution. We will consider the ways in which Lyrical Ballads challenged and disrupted conventions of poetic aesthetics and taste in the late 1700s, as a reflection of and in response to the sociopolitical upheavals of the French Revolution experienced in England. Supplementary to Lyrical Ballads, we will also read contemporary reviews to assess its critical reception in the late 1700s and early 1800s, as well as important modern scholarship of the 20th and 21st century to understand how it became a defining work of Romanticism.

Required Reading: Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth, Lyrical Ballads 1798 and 1800, edited by Michael Gamer and Dahlia Porter, Broadview Press, 2008; a course reader of selections of relevant modern criticism/scholarship on Lyrical Ballads.

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, as we will be using its contextual/background sources extensively.

First Three Authors/Texts: TBA.

Method of Instruction: Discussion and seminars.

Method of Evaluation: In-class analysis (10%); working bibliography (20%); essay (45%); seminar (10%); participation (15%).

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