Week 8: Tuesday, March 1st [Revised 2/19]

The Wordsworth(s)/Coleridge Conversation: Composition and Publication Dates (1797-1817)

Wordsworth,  “Resolution and Independence”, “Elegiac Stanzas,” “Ode: Intimations on Immortality,” and “I wandered lonely as a cloud,” “The Ruined Cottage,” and The Two-Part Prelude

 Coleridge, “Christabel,” The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. In Seven Parts, note on [The Ancient Mariner] (Broadview 455), “Dejection: an Ode” and excerpts from Biographia Literaria

Dorothy Wordsworth, Selections from Broadview: from The Grasmere Journal, “Grasmere — A Fragment,” and “Thoughts on My Sick-Bed”

Presentation and critical reading : Renee Buesking

Please bring the Broadview Lyrical Ballads to class, as well as the Broadview Anthology

Geoffrey H. Hartman, from Wordsworth’s Poetry, 1787-1814. New Haven: Yale UP, 1964. 211-219. Print.

Beth Lau, “Wordsworth and Current Memory Research.” SEL Studies in English Literature 1500-1900 42.4 (2002): 675-692. Print.

Frances Ferguson,  “Romantic Memory.” The Wordsworthian Enlightenment: romantic poetry and the ecology of reading: essays in honor of Geoffrey Hartman. Ed. Helen Elam Reguerio and Frances Ferguson.  Baltimore: Johns Hopkins UP, 2005. 71-97. Print.

Michael Wiley, “Wordsworth’s Spots of Time in Space and Time.” Wordsworth Circle 46.1 (2015): 52-58. Print.


Tuesday, March 7th to March 11th / Spring Break


Lord Byron in Albanian dress, painted by Thomas Phillips (1813)

Lord Byron in Albanian dress, painted by Thomas Phillips (1813)

Week 9: Tuesday, March 15th

Byron, Selections from Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage, Cantos I and II

Preface to the First and Second Cantos; Canto I: Dedication “To Ianthe,” 1-18, 35-65; 85-93 (revised 3/14, inadvertently left off); Canto II 1-15;  38-52, 83-98. I’ve also included the notes that Byron attached to Cantos I and II for your perusal. Take a second to look them over but only read them if you feel so inclined.

The Giaour (.pdf); Internet Archive edition

Manfred (.pdf)

Critical Reading and Presentation : Holly Fling

from  The Selected Letters of Lord Byron (1953), ed. Jacques Barzun. New York: Farrar, 1953. Print.

from Richard Lansdown, “Prospects of Europe: The First Iteration of Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage,”  Keats-Shelley Review 28.1 (2014): 37-48. MLA International Bibliography. Web. 22 Feb. 2016.

from Angela Esterhammer, “Translating the Elgin Marbles: Byron, Hemans, Keats,” The Wordsworth Circle 2009: 29. JSTOR Journals. Web. 26 Feb. 2016.

Important Poetry Terms: Spenserian Stanza and Closet Drama

Byron and the Novel: excerpt from Jane Austen’s Persuasion and another from Anthony Trollope’s The Eustace Diamonds


Week 10: Tuesday, March 22nd

Mary Shelley, Frankenstein, also read the original preface (written by P.B. Shelley) and

There are extensive critical materials posted on the Broadview website but you’ll need the passcode from the Broadview Online Edition to access them: <http://sites.broadviewpress.com/frankenstein/>

Byron, “Prometheus” (Broadview 639)

Percy Bysshe Shelley, “To Wordsworth,” “Mont Blanc,” “Ode to the West Wind” and selections from Defense of Poetry in Broadview

Presentation and other critical reading:  Josh Wade

Mary Shelley’s Introduction to the 1831 edition (Broadview, Appendix I)

Galia Benziman,  “Challenging the Biological: The Fantasy of Male Birth as a Nineteenth-Century Narrative of Ethical Failure,” Women’s Studies 35 (2006): 375-395.  [Do not read highlighted sections.]

Barbara Frey Waxman, “Victor Frankenstein’s Romantic Fate: The Tragedy of the Promethean Overreacher as Woman,Papers on Language and Literature 23.1 (Winter 1987): 14-26.

What is Romanticism? 2011: Jake Syersak


Week 11: Tuesday, March 29th

The Byron/Shelleys Conversation

Byron, Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage, Cantos III and IV: Please read all of Canto III and the selections from Canto IV, well as the letter to Hobhouse that precedes the Canto and stanzas 18-26, 128-151, 153-166, and 175-186.

Selections from Don Juan (All Broadview selections 644-712)

Percy Bysshe Shelley, “England in 1819” and “Julian and Maddalo” (when this pdf was made in the office, the first four pages cut off the bottom of the poem; those four “bad” pages are still in the pdf but a new “good” version fixes the problems)

 Mary Shelley, Mathilda (.pdf)

Critical Reading: 

James Chandler, excerpt from “‘Man fell with apples’: The Moral Mechanics of Don Juan” (1993; 1998), A Norton Critical Edition: Byron’s Poetry and Prose, ed. Alice Levine, NY: Norton and Co., 2009.

Lauren Gillingham, “Romancing Experience: The Seduction of Mary Shelley’s Matilda,” Studies in Romanticism, Summer 42.2 (2003): 251-269.

Kelvin Everest, excerpt from “Shelley’s Doubles: An Approach to Julian and Maddalo (1983), A Norton Critical Edition: Shelley’s Poetry and Prose, ed. Neil Fraistat, 2002.

What is Romanticism? 2012: Renee Buesking

Link to April Schedule