Week 12:  Tuesday, April 5th

Jane Austen, Emma

 Critical Reading
William Deresiewicz, excerpt from Jane Austen and the Romantic Poets, NY: Columbia UniversityPress, 2004.

Frances Ferguson, “Jane Austen, Emma, and the Impact of Form.” MLQ 61:1 (2000): 157-80.

Week13: Tuesday, April 12th

John Keats, “Ode to Psyche”(letter to Benjamin Bailey, November 22, 1817); “Ode on a Grecian Urn” (letter to George and Tom Keats, December 21, 27 (?), 1817); “Ode to a Nightingale” (letter to Richard Woodhouse, October 27, 1818); “Ode on Melancholy”, “Ode on Indolence,” and “To Autumn” (Letter to J.H. Reynolds, February 3, 1818)

Helen Vendler organizes the odes in the following order: “Ode on Indolence,” “Ode to Psyche,” “Ode to a Nightingale,” “Ode on a Grecian Urn,” “Ode on Melancholy,” and “To Autumn”. Other critics argue that “Ode on Indolence” was written last.

“Eve of St. Agnes” and “La Belle Dame sans Merci”

 “The Fall of Hyperion: A Dream,” (Letter to J.H. Reynolds, May 3, 1818, Letter to George and Georgiana Keats, February 14- May 3, 1819) and Letter to Percy Bysshe Shelley, August 16, 1820

Presentation and critical reading: Holly Gallagher

John Keats, “Hyperion.” A Norton Critical Edition: Keats’s Poetry and Prose. Ed. Jeffrey N. Cox. NY: Norton and Co.2009. 475-95.

Klaus Hofmann. “Keats’s Ode to a Grecian Urn,” Studies in Romanticism 45.2 (2006): 251-84.

Andrew Bennett, excerpt from “The ‘Hyperion’ Poems” (1994). A Norton Critical Edition: Keats’s Poetry and Prose. Ed. Jeffrey N. Cox. NY: Norton and Co.2009. 643-52.

What is Romanticism? 2014: John Inglett

Description of long essay due: In no more than 1 page, detail your argument before identifying your primary sources and secondary sources. At this point, I do not expect a full bibliography; two to four sources will be sufficient.


Week 14: Tuesday, April 19th

Felicia Hemans, “The Land of Dreams,” “Corinne at the Capitol,””The Image in Lava” and “Properzia Rossi” (Broadview)

John Clare, “Written in November, “Remembrances,”  “Don Juan A Poem,” Sonnet [I am], and “I Am”  (Broadview), as well as “Hope of Home” and “To John Clare

 Critical Reading
Jerome McGann, “Literary History, Romanticism, and Felicia Hemans” in Re-Visioning Romanticism

Michael Nicholson, excerpts from “The Itinerant ‘I’: John Clare’s Lyric Defiance,” ELH 82.2. (2015): 637-669. Please read pages 637-654.

Return to Coleridge, “Kubla Khan,” Keats “The Eve of St. Agnes,” and Percy Bysshe Shelley, “Adonais”

What is Romanticism? 2015: Josh Wade


Week 15: Tuesday, April 26th

We’ll gather at my house by 1:30. I’ll send out directions via email.

Essay Workshop and Seminar gathering at Dr. Eberle’s: Please circulate a 1-2 paragraph description of your final essay by Sunday, April 24th. On Tuesday, everyone will present their work-in-progress. You will have 5 to 10 minutes to present your work to your classmates and to me. Please conclude your presentation by posing specific questions about your own work  to your auditors. Crowd source those aspects of your argument that are giving you trouble (or promise to be troublesome).


Final Papers due by Friday, May 6th