Tuesday, September 5th

Mary Wollstonecraft, painted by John Opie

Read “Women and Society” (180-181) and excerpts from Blackstone (181-82), Macaulay (182-184, de Gouges (184-187), the Edgeworths (187), and More (192-93)

Mary Wollstonecraft, from A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (Introduction and Chapter 2 )

Mary Robinson, from A Letter to the Women of England (134-136)

Thursday, September 7th / Slavery and its Abolition

Excerpt from William Cowper’s The Task, Book II

Read “Slavery and its Abolition” (730)

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

Excerpts from Nicholls, Anonymous, and Turnbull (736-740)

More Cowper from 1788: “Pity for Poor Africans” and “The Negro’s Complaint”

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

Samuel Taylor Coleridge, “On the Slave Trade” (748-752)

Literary Termsrhetorical figures, heroic couplets

The Abolition Project website

Trailer from Amazing Grace (2007)

A partial timeline of British Slavery and Abolition


Tuesday, September 12th

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

Amelia Opie, “The Negro Boy’s Tale” (Please print and annotate for class; found below)

Anon, Woman of Colour (Volume 1, pp. 51-127)]

Literary Terms: epistolary novel, narrative perspective/narrator; blank verse, apostrophe, exclamatory sentences

Title page and illustrated frontispiece to the 1824 edition of “The Negro Boy’s Tale”


Dido Elizabeth Belle and Lady Elizabeth Murray, painted by David Martin (1778)
Dido Elizabeth Belle and Lady Elizabeth Murray, painted by David Martin (1778)

Thursday, September 14th

Anon, Woman of Colour (Volume II)
Read the Introduction to the volume


Tuesday, September 19th

Mary Prince, The History of Mary Prince (702-722), and “Mary Prince in Context,” (720-722)

Literary Termsessay, life writing

Thursday, September 21st

Return to Cowper, Barbauld, and Opie poems

Brief discussion of Blake’s concept of “experience”

Review for First Semester Exam


Tuesday, September 26th

No Writing Prompt due this week

First Semester Exam: Description

Thursday, September 28th

“Reading Poetry” (1225-1245)

“Poetry both represents and creates emotions in a highly condensed way” (1225)

“a poem is a discourse that is characterized by a heightened attention to language, form, and rhythm, by an expressiveness that works through figurative rather than literal modes, and by a capacity to stimulate our imagination and arouse our feelings” (1225)

How to Analyze Poetry  and The Metrical Foot

Some Rhetorical Figures (added 9/28/23)

List of Literary Terms

Poetry Exercises: Please print up 2 copies. Bring 1 copy in that you have completed and 1 copy that is blank. <Poetry Exercise>


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