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Romanticism Syllabus

Romanticism Syllabus

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BRITISH LITERATURE (2
nd
YEAR, 1
st
semester)ROMANTICISMCourse and seminar coordinator: Dr. Lucia OpreanuDuration: 7 weeksLectures:1.Introductory course: The Romantic Age2.The poetry of William Blake3.The poetry of William Wordsworth4.The poetry of Samuel Taylor Coleridge5.The poetry of George Gordon Lord Byron and Percy Bysshe Shelley6.The poetry of John Keats7.The early nineteenth century novel: Jane AustenSeminars:1.A selection of poems by William Blake and William Wordsworth2.A selection of poems by George Gordon Byron and John Keats3.Jane Austen – 
 Pride and Prejudice
BIBLIOGRAPHY
Primary texts:Austen, Jane.
 Pride and Prejudice
. London: Everyman, 1997.Blake, William Blake.
Selected Poems
. London: Penguin Books, 1996. [“Introductionto
Songs of  Innocence
, “Introduction” to
Songs of Experience
, “The Lamb”, “The Tyger”, “The Garden of Love”,“The Sick Rose”, “London”]Byron, George Gordon.
Complete Poetical Works
. Oxford & New York: Oxford University Press, 1970.[
Manfred 
(Incantation), “On This Day I Complete My Thirty-Sixth Year”,
 Don Juan
(Canto the First)]Coleridge, Samuel Taylor.
The Works of Samuel Taylor Coleridge
. Hertfordshire: Wordsworth PoetryLibrary, 1994. “Kubla Khan”]Keats, John.
The Works of John Keats
. Hertfordshire: Wordsworth Poetry Library, 1994. [
 Endymion
(Book I),
 La Belle Dame Sans Merci
, “Ode to a Nightingale”, “Ode on a Grecian Urn”, “To Autumn”]Shelley, Percy Bysshe.
The Selected Poetry and Prose of Shelley
. Hertfordshire: Wordsworth Poetry Library,2002. [“Ode to the West Wind”, excerpt from
 Prometheus Unbound 
]Wordsworth, William.
The Works of William Wordsworth
. Hertfordshire: Wordsworth Poetry Library, 1994.[Preface to the
 Lyrical Ballads
, “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud”, “The Solitary Reaper”]Secondary texts:McGann, Jerome J."Poetry."
 An Oxford Companion to the Romantic Age. British Culture 1776-1832
. Ed.Iain McCalman. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999. pp. 270-279Wu, Duncan (ed.)"Introduction.”
 Romanticism. An Anthology
. Oxford: Blackwell, 1999. pp. xxx-xxxvii
 
SEMINAR MARK FORMULA:3 points SEMINAR ATTENDANCE (1p x 3 seminars) + 2 points COURSE ATTENDANCE (0.33p x 6lectures) + 5 points ASSIGNMENTS (between 2 and 5 topics of your choice)
1. Discuss the Romantic fascination with:* mythology (identify and analyse one or more mythological heroes favoured by the Romantics)* the Bible (identify and analyse one or more Biblical episodes alluded to in Romantic poetry)* the Orient (identify and analyse references to one or more exotic locations and characters inRomantic poetry)* nature (identify and analyse one or more descriptions of landscapes in Romantic poetry)* love (identify and analyse one or more descriptions of love in Romantic poetry)* suffering (identify and analyse one or more descriptions of physical or mental suffering inRomantic poetry)2. Analyse a Byronic hero of your choice (Childe Harold, Manfred, Don Juan).3. Discuss the title of one of Jane Austen’s novels and its relevance to the text.4. Discuss the significance of social conventions / social status / personal finances in a Jane Austennovel of your choice.5. Identify and compare the different types of marriages in a Jane Austen novel of your choice.6. Compare and contrast one of the following pairs of protagonists (or another pair of your choicefrom one of Jane Austen’s novels): Elinor and Marianne Dashwood / John Willoughby and ColonelBrandon / Edward and Robert Ferrars / Elizabeth Bennet and Caroline Bingley / Mr. Darcy and Mr.Wickham / Mr. Darcy and Mr. Bingley / Emma Woodhouse and Jane Fairfax.7. Analyse one of the following couples (or another couple of your choice from one of JaneAusten’s novels) in terms of personal identity, evolution, relationship coordinates: Elinor Dashwood and Edward Ferrars / Marianne Dashwood and John Willoughby / Marianne Dashwoodand Colonel Brandon / Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy / Mr. and Mrs. Bennet / Emma Woodhouseand Mr. Knightley.[approximately 500 words – 2.5 points each]
 
8. Contextualise and comment:
poetic texts: approximately 250 words – 1 point each; narrative texts: approximately 300 words – 2 points each
And I pluck'd a hollow reedAnd I made a rural penAnd I stain'd the water clear And I wrote my happy songsEvery child may joy to hear.Hear the voice of the Bard!Who present, past, and future sees;Whose ears have heardThe Holy Word,That walked among the ancient trees,Calling the lapsed soul,And weeping in the evening dew;Tyger! Tyger! burning brightIn the forests of the nightWhat immortal hand or eyeCould frame thy fearful symmetry?In what distant deeps or skiesBurnt the fire of thine eyes?On what wings dare he aspire?What the hand dare seize the fire?When the stars threw down their spears,And watered heaven with their tears,Did he smile his work to see?Did he who made the lamb make thee?In every cry of every man,In every infant's cry of fear,In every voice, in every ban,The mind-forged manacles I hear:To see a World in a Grain of SandAnd a Heaven in a Wild Flower,Hold Infinity in the palm of your handAnd Eternity in an hour.Prisons are built with stones of Law, Brothels with bricksof Religion.What is now proved was once only imagin’d.One thought fills immensity.The tygers of wrath are wiser than the horses of instruction.Sooner murder an infant in its cradle than nurse unacteddesires.I wandered lonely as a cloudThat floats on high o'er vales and hills,When all at once I saw a crowd,A host, of golden daffodils;Beside the lake, beneath the trees,Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.Continuous as the stars that shineAnd twinkle on the milky way,They stretched in never-ending lineAlong the margin of a bay:Ten thousand saw I at a glance,Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.For oft, when on my couch I lieIn vacant or in pensive mood,They flash upon that inward eyeWhich is the bliss of solitude;And then my heart with pleasure fills,And dances with the daffodils.Behold her, single in the field,Yon solitary Highland Lass!Reaping and singing by herself;Stop here, or gently pass!Alone she cuts and binds the grain,And sings a melancholy strain;O listen! for the Vale profoundIs overflowing with the sound.I listened, motionless and still;And, as I mounted up the hill,The music in my heart I bore,Long after it was heard no more.Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: ittakes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquillity.In Xanadu did Kubla KhanA stately pleasure-dome decree :Where Alph, the sacred river, ranThrough caverns measureless to manDown to a sunless sea. (…)It was a miracle of rare device,A sunny pleasure-dome with caves of ice !In the wind there is a voiceShall forbid thee to rejoice;And to thee shall night denyAll the quiet of her sky;And the day shall have a sun,Which shall male thee wish it done.By thy delight in others’ pain,And by thy brotherhood of Cain,I call upon thee! And compelThyself to be thy proper Hell! (…) Nor to slumber, nor to die,Shall be in thy destiny;So we’ll go no more a rovingSo late into the night,Though the heart be still as loving,And the moon be still as bright.Brave men were living before AgamemnonAnd since, exceeding valorous and sage,A good deal like him too, though quite the same none;But then they shone not on the poet's page,And so have been forgotten: I condemn none,But can't find any in the present ageFit for my poem (that is, for my new one);So, as I said, I'll take my friend Don Juan.
[poetic texts: approximately 250 words – 1 point each]

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