Lecture in Broida 1610 http://www.english.ucsb.edu
TAs: MJ Davis, Baron Haber, Sarah Higginbotham , Bethany Wong
This course reads major literary works of the nineteenth century in Britain to consider how literature contributes to social, interpersonal, and psychic reform. The course reads literary texts and texts defining the power of literature in the context of protest movements of the nineteenth century. Throughout, its focus is on how poetry and poetic modes of being affect the experience and achievement of freedom.
The Longman Anthology of British Literature: Volume 2 A and B
2A: The Romantics and their Contemporaries (Fifth Edition)
2B: The Victorian Age (Fourth Edition) COURSE REQUIREMENTS
1. Two papers, a 3-4 page paper due on October 14, a 4-6 page paper due on November 22.
2. In-class midterm on Wednesday October 30.
3. Comprehensive final exam on Tuesday December 10, from noon to 3 pm
4. Attendance and participation in discussion section (see TA for specific requirements).
Romantic Circles (www.rc.umd.edu), especially “Scholarly Resources” and “Pedagogies”
The Romantic Chronology (www.rchrono.english.ucsb.edu)
The first paper and the midterm each counts for 15% of your grade. The second paper counts for 25% and the final counts for 30%. Attendance and participation in section count for 15% of your grade. More than two unexcused absences in section will affect your grade for the course. Papers are due in lecture on the day stated. Late papers will be graded down ½ grade for every day that they are late, unless prior arrangements have been made. This professor does not tolerate plagiarism on papers or cheating on exams and will refer all cases to the Student Conduct Committee. If you do either, you automatically will be dropped from the class.
Note: Texts listed in brackets are suggested supplemental readings for those of you who want to engage more intensively with the material. Your papers can focus also on these texts.
09/27 Introduction: Protest and Reform: “We want change”?
Literature and the Age: “Nought was Lasting,” pp. 7-8
ROMANTIC ERA (1780s to 1830s) SOCIAL PROTEST
09/30 Liberty, Equality, Fraternity!
The French Revolution and its Reverberations, pp. 14-9
Thomas Paine, from The Rights of Man, pp. 131-7
William Godwin, from Enquiry concerning Political Justice, p. 144-8
Arthur Young, from Travels in France, pp. 160-5
10/02 The Have Nots
Anna Letitia Barbauld, “To Be Poor,” pp. 69-70
Robert Burns, “Is there for Honest Poverty,” p. 404
Charlotte Smith, “The Dead Beggar,” pp. 90-1
[William Wordsworth, “Poor Susan,” p. 450]
10/04 Child Labor
Industrial England and “Never-Resting Labour,” pp. 21-5
William Blake, “The Chimney Sweeper” (both versions), pp. 181, 194
William Blake, “London,” p. 199
[Charles Lamb, from The Praise of Chimney-Sweepers, pp. 187-9]
The Abolition of Slavery and the Slave Trade, pp. 229-30
Olaudah Equiano, from The Interesting Narrative, pp. 230-9
Robert Southey, from “Poems Concerning the Slave Trade,” pp. 268-9
[Mary Prince, from The History of Mary Prince, A West Indian Slave, pp. 240-3]
10/09 Environmental Justice
William Wordsworth, “Nutting,” pp. 450-2
John Clare, “The Mores,” pp. 971-2
[John Clare, “The Lament of Swordy Well,” pp. 965-9]