הפקולטה למדעי הרוח Faculty of Humanities



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הפקולטה למדעי הרוח

Faculty of Humanities

המחלקה לאנגלית

Department of English


תאריך עדכון: 13.2.11
שם הקורס: Nineteenth Century English Literature

מספר הקורס: 37-302-01

שם המרצה: Dr. Daniel Feldman
סוג הקורס: Lecture

שנת לימודים: תשע"ב סמסטר: 2 היקף שעות: 4
אתר הקורס באינטרנט:

א. מטרות הקורס (מטרות על / מטרות ספציפיות):
Like all literary courses, English 302 is primarily in service of advancing your analytic and critical skills -- skills which will serve you throughout your life. The authors (and I) will exhort you to comprehend complex arguments and language, and to fashion your own lucid, compelling arguments in response. Our overarching goal is to expand our collective capacities as readers, thinkers, writers, and speakers. Assignments help lead to that goal.

ב. תוכן הקורס:
English 302 is a comprehensive survey of nineteenth-century English literature. This period has special bearing on the development of literature, Western history, and the way we see the world today. We will study two great periods of anglophone culture: the Romantic and Victorian periods. Our course is evenly divided between these two eras. We begin by meeting several towering figures of British literature, including Wordsworth, Coleridge, and Keats, and by reading selections of the monumental and often profound texts they produced. After a challenging first half of the semester with the Romantics, we will switch to prose, predominantly fiction, for our examination of the Romantics, including the rapidly changing social issues they faced. Though the authors we examine in this course sometimes make strenuous demands on us as contemporary readers, we will be studying texts that lay the cornerstones for the modern world.

Readings
Our course covers material published before 1923 and therefore blissfully exempt from copyright protections. Virtually all readings (except suggested secondary sources) are universally available thanks to the marvels of the Internet. On the course readings page you will find links to suggested versions of the primary readings (usually chosen because they offer line numbers), but any copy will do. Useful repositories of open-access texts in multiple formats include Project Gutenberg, the Internet Archive, Bartleby, and ManyBooks.
When possible, however, you should consult the Norton Anthology of English Literature, volume 2, as it will save you time by referring you directly to the exact excerpts we will use and provide you with helpful notes and introductions. Please be sure to bring a digital or hard copy of readings with you to class.
Schedule of readings
Weeks 1 and 2. Wordsworth

Weeks 3 and 4. Coleridge & Shelley to Keats

Weeks 5 and 6. Keats

Weeks 7 and 8. Industrial revolution and Dickens

Pesach - chag sameach

Week 9. Dickens, Hard Times

Weeks 10 and 11. Empire, Race, and Evolution

Weeks 12 through 15. Women and Eliot, Middlemarch

Week 16. Wilde conclusion at the fin de siטcle
Mon., February Introduction and Wordsworth, "We Are Seven," Preface to Lyrical Ballads
Wed., February "Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey," "I wandered lonely as a cloud," Dorothy Wordsworth, Grasmere

Journals, April 15, 1802, "Michael"


Mon., February The Prelude -- see book excerpts in Norton Anthology

Book First, lines 1-60, 356-400, 612-650

Book Fourth, lines 93-190 (walking and writing), 370-472 (discharged soldier)

Book Fifth, lines 365-427 (boy of Winander), 586-615 (mystery of words)

Book Sixth, 524-641 (crossing the Alps)

Book Twelfth, 174-287 (spots of time)

Book Fourteen, 1-136 (Mount Snowdon), 302-455 (conclusion: mind of man)
"Resolution and Independence"
Wed., March Coleridge, Biographia Literaria, Norton excerpts from chapters 13, 14, and 17

Wordsworth, Ode: Intimations of Immortality

Coleridge, Dejection: An Ode

In-class writing exercise


Mon., March Coleridge, "Rime of the Ancient Mariner"
Wed., March Coleridge, "Kubla Kahn"; Shelley, "Ozymandias"
Mon., March Shelley, "Ode to the West Wind," "Mont Blanc," "To a Sky-Lark," Selections from A Defence of Poetry
Wed., March Byron, "She walks in beauty"; Keats, "Ode to a Nightingale," "Ode to Psyche," "When I have fears," Letters Letter to

Benjamin Bailey, November 22, 1817 ("Authenticity of Imagination"), Letter to George and Thomas Keats, December 21, 1817 ("Negative Capability")


Wed., March "On First Looking into Chapman's Homer," "Ode on a Grecian urn," "Ode to Autumn," Letter to John Reynolds, May 3,

1818 ("Mansion of Many Apartments")


Mon., March In-class midterm quiz

Keats, "Bright Star," Letter to Fanny Brawne, July 25, 1819, Final letters to Fanny Brawne, March 1820, Letter to Charles

Brown, November 30, 1820

Bright Start film


Wed., March Carlyle, Past and Present, from "Democracy"

Cardinal Newman, The Idea of a University, from Discourses 5 and 7

Mill, On Liberty, from Ch. 3
Begin reading Dickens, Hard Times
Essay (deadline #1) outlines and introductions due
Mon., April Macaulay, Review of Southey's Colloquies; The Children's Employment Commission Report

Engels, The Great Towns; Mayhew, London Labour and the London Poor


Essay (deadline #1) drafts due
Wed., April Dickens, Hard Times, Book the First
Mon., April Hard Times, Book the Second
Essay deadline #1
Pesach break
Wed., April Hard Times, Book the Third
Mon., May Darwin, from The Origin of the Species and The Descent of Man

Huxley-Wilberforce debate at Oxford, Dickens, "The Noble Savage"


Wed., May Tennyson & Empire
Begin reading Middlemarch
Wed., May Science & Lewis Carroll
Mon., May "The woman question"
Wed., May Eliot, Middlemarch
Mon., May Middlemarch
Wed., May Middlemarch
Essay (deadline #2) outlines and introductions due
Mon., May Middlemarch
Essay pp. 1-5 drafts due
Mon., June 6 Middlemarch
Essay deadline #2
Mon., June Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest
Wed., June Conclusion



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