Department of English

University of Toronto


ENG308Y1Y  L0101   M11-1, W11
Romantic Literature
Professor Karen Weisman

Brief Description of Course: This course will explore the poetry and prose of British Romanticism (roughly 1780-1832). The Romantic period was a time of intense intellectual, cultural, political and social activity. We will explore its many forms and themes, notably the nature of self, human rights, political revolution, the role of imagination, poetic form, and many others. .

Required Reading: Selected poetry and prose of Wordsworth, Coleridge, Blake, Byron, P.B. Shelley, Keats, Clare, Mary Shelley, Felicia Hemans, Charlotte Smith, and others. 

First Three Authors/Texts: Wordsworth, “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud”; “Preface to Second Edition of Lyrical Ballads,” Lyrical Ballads.

Method of Instruction: Lecture/ discussion.

Method of Evaluation: Short paper (textual discussion; non-research, maximum 3 pages typed, 12-point double spaced) (10%), essay 1 (textual discussion, non-research, approximately 6 pages typed, 12-point double spaced) (15%), test (in-class essay) (15%), essay 2 (research essay, 10 pages typed, 12-point double spaced) (25%), examination (focus on second term) (35%).

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