Introduction to English II: From Milton to the Romantics Professors Blair Hoxby, Denise Gigante

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Introduction to English II: From Milton to the Romantics

Professors Blair Hoxby, Denise Gigante

Winter, 2015-16

Room 200-034; T, Th 12:00-1:20 pm

Required Texts

  1. John Milton, Paradise Lost (978-0872207332)

  2. Aphra Behn, The Rover (Oxford World Classics, 978-0199540204)

  3. John Dryden, All for Love (978-0713671056)

  4. Alexander Pope, The Rape of the Lock (Oxford World Classics, 978-0140423501)

  5. Wordsworth and Coleridge, Lyrical Ballads (Routledge, 9780415063883)

  6. John Keats, Selected Poems (Penguin, 978-0140424478)

  7. Mary Shelley, Frankenstein (Broadview, 9781554811038)

  8. Jane Austen, Persuasion (Broadview, 9781551111315)

William Blake, The Book of Thel and Visions of the Daughters of Albion are available online at Please use Copy J (Houghton Library) of Thel, and Copy G (Houghton Library) of Visions.

Week 1 Paradise Lost: The War in Heaven

1/5 John Milton, Paradise Lost, 1-2

1/5 John Milton, Paradise Lost, 3-4
Week 2 Paradise Lost: Adam, Eve, and the Angel

1/12 John Milton, Paradise Lost, 5-6

1/14 John Milton, Paradise Lost, 7-8
Week 3 Paradise Lost: The Fall and Aftermath

1/19 John Milton, Paradise Lost, 9-10

1/21 John Milton, Paradise Lost, 11-12
Week 4 Rakes and Rovers I

1/26 Aphra Behn, The Rover

1/28 Aphra Behn, The Rover / John Dryden, All for Love
Week 5 Rakes and Rovers II

2/2 John Dryden, All for Love

2/4 Alexander Pope, Rape of the Lock
Week 6 Illuminated Poetry

2/9 William Blake, The Book of Thel

2/11 William Blake, Visions of the Daughters of Albion
Week 7 Lyrical Ballads

2/16 S.T. Coleridge: “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner”

William Wordsworth: “The Female Vagrant”; “Goody Blake and Harry Gill”; “Simon Lee”; “Anecdote for Fathers”; “We are Seven”; “The Thorn”; “The Last of the Flock”; “The Mad Mother”; “Expostulation and Reply”; “The Tables Turned”; “Complaint of a Forsaken Indian Woman”
2/18 Coleridge: “The Nightingale”

William Wordsworth: “Tintern Abbey”; “A Slumber Did My Spirit Seal”; “Lucy Gray”; “Nutting”; “Three Years She Grew”; “The Old Cumberland Beggar”; “Michael”

Week 8 John Keats: Sonnets, Odes, and Romance

2/23 John Keats, “O Solitude”; “Why Did I Laugh Tonight?”; “A

Dream, After Reading … Paulo and Francesca” “On Seeing the Elgin Marbles”; “Ode to Psyche”; “Ode on a Grecian Urn”; “Ode to a Nightingale”; “Ode on Melancholy”; “Ode on Indolence”; “To Autumn”; “Bright Star”; “I Cry Your Mercy”;=
2/25 John Keats, “Isabella, or the Pot of Basil”; “The Eve of St. Agnes”; “La Belle Dame Sans Merci”; Lamia; “This Living Hand”
Week 9 Frankenstein; or, the Modern Prometheus

3/1 Mary Shelley, Frankenstein, Preface, Introduction, vol. 1

3/3 Mary Shelley, Frankenstein , Vols. 2 & 3
Week 10 The Novel of Manners: Persuasion

3/8 Jane Austen, Persuasion, Vol. 1

3/10 Jane Austen, Persuasion, Vol. 2
Learning Goals

  1. Knowledge of a selection of major literary works in cultural context

  2. Understanding of authorial voice and style

  3. Development of critical, interpretive skills

  4. The capacity to articulate a cogent argument about literary works

  5. Heightened sensitivity to the aesthetic qualities of language


  1. Attendance at lecture and participation in discussion; you’ll be asked to contribute one written question. Please turn off computers and cell phones.

  1. Active participation in section. No unexcused absences.

  1. Four short papers, due weeks 3, 5, 8, 11, respectively:

    1. Paradise Lost (5-6pp): You’ll be asked to incorporate canonical criticism on Milton’s poem to be distributed and discussed in section.

    1. Behn, Dryden, Pope: (2-3pp): Imagine importing a character from one of these authors into a dramatic work by another: what would happen?

    1. Blake, Wordsworth, or Keats (4-5pp): Close read a poem in support of a thesis.

    2. Frankenstein or Persuasion (6-7pp) Discuss either novel in light of contextual material (choose one author or text) contained in the Broadview appendices.

Special Accommodation
We will make every effort to accommodate any special needs related to learning. Please contact the Office of Accessible Education to obtain a letter explicating any requests and present both your TA and professors with this at the start of term.  The phone is: 723-1066; URL:

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