Lecture and Reading Schedule

ENGL 262: British Literature from 1660 to 1900 (Fall 2014)

The readings below are in the Broadview Anthology of British Fiction (Volumes III, IV & V, henceforth BABL), except Paradise Lost, Frankenstein and Silas Marner. Having the books is in many ways preferable, but you are under no obligation to purchase them; alternative editions and anthologies are acceptable; also, all readings are in the public domain and available online (see links below). For the novels (Frankenstein and Silas Marner), however, a hard copy is strongly recommended and probably cheaper than printing.

Note that, no matter what format you choose for the readings, you must bring a hard copy (either book or printout) of the readings to lecture and tutorial.

Readings preceded by a single * are recommended but optional.

Week 1

Sept. 3. Introduction

Week 2

Sept.8. John Milton, Paradise Lost (Book I + *Book IX.192–959).

Sept. 10. Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe (Chapters 3 & 4 [BABL III.309-323])

Week 3

Sept. 15. Defoe, Robinson Crusoe (Chapters 5 & 6 [BABL III.323-336]).

Sept. 17. Alexander Pope, An Essay on Man (Epistle 1 and Epistle 2 [BABL III.579]); *Paradise Lost, fruitful knowledge (Book VIII.1-178)

Week 4

Sept. 22. Aphra Behn, “The Disappointment” (BABL III.197-199); Jonathan Swift, “The Lady’s Dressing Room” (BABL III.379-382); Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, “The Reasons That Induced Dr. S. to Write a Poem Called ‘The Lady’s Dressing Room'” (BABL III.605-606).

Sept. 24. Jonathan Swift, “A Modest Proposal” (BABL III.523) + Gulliver’s Travels (Book IV, Chapters 1 & 2 [BABL III.484-490])

***In-tutorial essay***

Week 5

Sept. 29. Swift, Gulliver’s Travels (Book IV, to end [BABL III.490-519]).

Oct. 1. Mary Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Women (Intro + Chapter II [BABL IV.102]); Anna Laetitia Barbauld, “Washing Day” (BABL IV.27); *Paradise Lost, the creation of Eve (Book VIII.379-490).

Week 6

Oct. 6. William Wordsworth, “My Heart Leaps Up” & “Lines written a few miles above Tintern Abbey ” (BABL IV.245, 221).

Oct. 8. Samuel Taylor Coleridge, “Frost at Midnight” and “Kubla Kahn” (BABL IV.412, 438).

Week 7

Oct. 13. no class.

Oct. 15. John Keats, “Ode to Psyche” & “Ode to a Nightingale.” (BABL IV.826, 827).

Week 8

Oct. 20. George Gordon, Lord Byron, “Prometheus” (BABL IV.639); Percy Bysshe Shelley, “Ode to the West Wind (BABL IV.736).


Oct. 22. Percy Shelley, “Ozymandias” (BABL IV.735).; Mary Shelley, Frankenstein (1818 ed., Preface + Letters I-IV)

***Poem comparison due in tutorial***

Week 9

Oct. 27, 29. Mary Shelley, Frankenstein + *Paradise Lost, the creation of Adam (Book VIII.249-333)

Week 10

Nov. 3. Alfred, Lord Tennyson, “Ulysses” & “In Memoriam” (Prelude, 3, 27, 54, 55, 56, 118, 131 [BABL V. 184, 197]).

Nov. 5. Darwin, from The Origin of Species (pg 49-52, 421-429); Matthew Arnold, “Dover Beach” (BABL V.465).

Week 11

Nov. 10. George Eliot, Chapter 17 of Adam Bede (BABL V.422) and Silas Marner

Nov. 12. Eliot, Silas Marner.

Week 12

Nov. 17. Silas Marner. Nov. 19. Silas Marner + Walter Pater, Conclusion of The Renaissance (BABL V.636) ***Essay due in tutorial***

Week 13

Nov. 24. Christina Rossetti, “Goblin Market” & In an Artist’s Studio” (BABL V.546, 562).

Nov. 26. Meredith, Modern Love (1, 17 & 30 [(BABL V.492]); Hopkins, “The Windhover” (BABL V.668)

Week 14

Dec. 1.  Oscar Wilde, from The Decay of Lying + Preface to The Picture of Dorian Gray (BABL V.697, 698); conclusion and review.

Exam: December 11, 2014, 9:00 am (tentative date/time)




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