Wednesday, October 2nd

Midterm Examination

Description of Exam

Literary Terms for English 4460 (Created 9/24)

Monday, October 7th

Charlotte Smith, Emmeline (Volume I)
We’ll also be returning to Smith’s poetry, so please review the assigned sonnets and bring the course packet to class.

Charlotte Smith Story Map

Writing Prompts for Essay #1

Sarah Siddons as the Tragic Muse

Sarah Siddons as the Tragic Muse, painted by Sir Joshua Reynolds, 1789

Wednesday, October 9th

Charlotte Smith, Emmeline (Volume II)


Mary Linwood (1755-1845), Allison Williams

Sarah Siddons (1755-1831), Alex Cross

Monday, October 14th

Charlotte Smith, Emmeline (Volumes III)


Mary Collier Presentation, Rachel Ritchie
The Woman’s Labour; an Epistle to Mr. Stephen Duck; In Answer to his late Poem, called The Thresher’s Labour]

I will be happy to read thesis statements/paragraphs for your first essay if you submit them to me sometime today.

 Wednesday, October 16th

Emmeline (Volume IV)

Monday, October 21st

Read about the Bluestocking Circle

Bluestocking Corpus link (for class discussion)

Link to Hannah More’s The Bas Bleu (for class discussion)

Re-read Collier’s Epistle . .  (see above). Link to Duck’s poem (for class discussion).

Elizabeth Hands, A Poem, on the Supposition of an Advertisement Appearing in a Morning Paper, of the Publication of a Volume of Poems, by a Servant Maid, please print and bring to class

ODNB Entry

Link to Internet Archive Volume (for class discussion)

Other Hands poetry for class discussion

Ann Yearsley, “On Mrs. Montagu” and “To the Same; On Her Accusing the Author of Flattery“, please print and bring to class

ODNB Entry


Elizabeth Hands (bap. 1746, d. 1815), Theresa Connolly

Ann Yearsley (bap. 1753-1806), Haley Jacobsen

Elizabeth Montagu (1718-1800), Marco Lopez

Wednesday, October 23rd

Amelia Opie, “The Negro Boy’s Tale” and “Ode on the Present Times. 27th January 1795“. Both poems appeared under Opie’s name in Poems (1802), although both had appeared earlier.

ODNB Entry

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

Mary Robinson, “The Savage of Aveyron” and “January, 1795“. Both

ODNB Entry

Ann Battan Cristall, “A Fragment: The Blind Man” and “Written When the Mind was Oppressed

ODNB Entry


Mary Robinson, (1756/?1758-1800), Bekah Martin

Anne Batten Cristall (bap. 1769, d. 1848), Carol Wise

Amelia Opie (1769-1853), Olivia Sprott


First Essay due by Friday, October 25th


Monday, October 28th 

Mary Wollstonecraft, painted by John Opie, 1797

Mary Wollstonecraft, Mary, A Fiction

Wollstonecraft, from Thoughts on the Education on Daughters (Wollstonecraft 289-293)

ODNB Entry


Catharine Macaulay (1731-1791), Eliza Sarazua

Susanna Rowson (bap. 1762, d. 1824), Mackenzie Wells

Wednesday, October 30th 

Wollstonecraft, Selections from A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, (Course Pack)

“It is time to effect a revolution in female manners — time to restore to them their lost dignity — and make them, as a part of the human species, labor by reforming themselves to reform the world” (Chapter III)

“Would men but generously snap our chains, and be content with rational fellowship instead of slavish obedience, they would find us more observant daughters, more affectionate sisters, more faithful wives, more reasonable mothers — in a word, better citizens” (From Chapter IX)


Anne Damer (1749-1828), Hannah Chalker

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