Tuesday, January 7th

Course Introduction

Thursday, January 9th / The Revolution Controversy in Britain

Anonymous, “The Storming of the Bastille,” c. 1800

Begin reading “The Age of Romanticism” (L-LXVI), the first 3 sections

Paine, from Common Sense (6-8)

Read “The French Revolution” (64-66), excerpts from Richard Price, Edmund Burke, Mary Wollstonecraft, Thomas Paine, and William Godwin (66-84)

Literary Termsessay, parallelism, anaphora, metaphor, rhetorical questions

Timeline of the Revolution Controversy

Further excerpt from Wollstonecraft

Prompt: In the reading for today, which words and ideas are in contention? What literary techniques do these writers employ when in dialogue with one another?


Tuesday, January 14th

Anna Letitia Barbauld, “To the Poor” (32)

William Blake, from Songs of Innocence (Frontispiece Image), Title page for Songs of Innocence, Introduction”,  “The Ecchoing Green” (2 images), “The Lamb,”  “The Little Black Boy,” “The Divine Image,” “The Chimney Sweeper,” and “Holy Thursday”, 1789, (Plain text in Broadview beginning on pg. 86)

from Songs of Innocence and Experience, Title Page,  FrontispieceSongs of Experience title page “Introduction,” “Holy Thursday”,  “The Chimney Sweeper,” “The Tyger“, “London,” , “The Human Abstract,” and “The Voice of the Ancient Bard,” pub. with Songs of Innocence, 1794 and Songs of Innocence and Experience in 1789 and 1794, (Plain text  in Broadview beginning on pg. 96)

There are links to the Blake Archive on the website for all of these poems and the plate engravings associated with them. Please see the website for today’s reading. You will also find plain text in the anthology)

Literary Terms: heroic couplet, ballad, lyric, rhyme, stanza

More from Blake:

“Without contraries is no progression” (Plate 3)

“Where man is not nature is barren” (Plate 10)

“Thus men forgot that All deities reside in the human heart” (Plate 11)

“If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, infinite” (Plate 14)

Copy B, Plate 20: “Opposition is True”

Thursday, January 16th

Blake, America (link to Blake Archive), link to BABL online resource with PDF. You’ll need your access code to login.

For class discussion:

Comparison of America Plate 4 images

A Song of Liberty” The Marriage of Heaven and Hell

Paine, from Common Sense, “Thoughts of the Present State of American Affairs” (12-17)


Tuesday, January 21st 

Finish discussion of Blake

Mary Wollstonecraft, painted by John Opie

Mary Wollstonecraft, from A Vindication of the Rights of Woman,  (139-155)

Thursday, January 23rd

Mary Hays, Memoirs of Emma Courtney, pgs. 35-87 and Appendix C i. and ii.  (Memoirs 261-269)

Literary Terms: epistolary novel, narrative perspective/narrator, flashback/flashforward

Mary Hays in context


Tuesday, January 28th

Finish reading Memoirs of Emma Courtney

Read “Women and Society” (180-181) and excerpts from Gladstone (181-82), the Edgeworths (187), and More (192-93). You do not have to bring your anthology to class today, but please do read these short excerpts for background.

Thursday, January 30th/ Slavery and its Abolition

Read “Slavery and its Abolition” (730)

Excerpts from Newton (731-32), Cuogoano (732), Cowper (734-35), Wilberforce (735-36), and Nicholls (736-737)

Anna Barbauld, “Epistle to William Wilberforce, Esq. on the Rejection of the Bill for Abolishing the Slave Trade” (746-747)

Thomas Clarkson, from The History of the Rise, Progress, and Accomplishment of the Abolition of the African Slave Trade, (755-756)

Literary Termsrhetorical figures, heroic couplets

The Abolition Project website

Trailer from Amazing Grace (2007)

Excerpt from William Cowper’s The Task, Book II

A partial timeline of British Slavery and Abolition


Saturday, February 1st

First Novel Report due by noon today, electronic submission


February Schedule