MWF 12-12:50 p.m.
English 307: Romantic Literature; 3 credit hrs.
Don W. King:
Course Description: A study of the major Romantic writers, including William Blake, William Wordsworth,
Samuel Taylor Coleridge, George Gordon (Lord Byron), Percy Bysshe Shelley, and John Keats.
Course Rationale: The literature of the British Romantic period, roughly 1789-1832, was arguably
groundbreaking. Breaking with the accepted norms and traditions of 18th century British literature, the English
Romantic writers--particularly Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Bryon, Shelley, and Keats--explored themes,
ideas, and styles that brought a new emphasis to the role of literature in the human experience. Romantic
literature profoundly changed the way we look at the relationship between the author and his or her work
and it continues to influence writers into the 21st century. A knowledge of Romantic literature is critical to a
comprehensive understanding of literary history and development.
Texts: The following are required texts:
Course Objective: The objective of this course is to give you an overview of the important writers and literary
ideas of the English Romantic period (1789-1832). This will include a review of the historical, literary, and
sociological reasons for the development of Romantic literature as well as exposure to the key writers of this period.
Additionally, there are several questions we will consider as we work through the course, including, but not limited to:
Library: All students are encouraged to take advantage of the services and resources available
from the library. You can search the online catalog and the library’s databases by going to
http://www.montreat.edu/library/. Select “Catalog” to search the online catalog or “Electronic
Resources” to search the databases. The catalog lists all of the books in the Montreat College library
as well as the holdings of five other colleges. You may check out books from all of these libraries
via Interlibrary loan. From the online catalog, you can also check on reserve materials by selecting
“Reserve Desk” and searching by instructor name or course name.
The web resources provides links to a variety of databases containing journal articles, online reference
sources, and electronic books (ebooks). These web resources are accessible both on and off campus.
Ask the library staff for a password for remote access if you live off campus.
Academic Integrity: For all individual assignments students are expected to present their own work;
documentation of research must follow the MLA Handbook for Writer of Research Paper or
MLA-Style Citations of Electronic Sources. Cases of academic dishonesty, including but not
limited to cheating and plagiarism, will result in either of failure of the assignment or of the course.
Bibliography: Of much interest to you will be the multiple resources available via electronic databases,
especially JSTOR. In addition, the following books are on three-day reserve in the library and may be
helpful when you work on your out of class literary analyses:
Abrams, M. H. The Mirror and the Lamp: Romantic Theory and the Critical Tradition.
Altick, Richard. The English Common Reader.
Baker, Ernest. The History of the Novel, 11 volumes.
Beach, J. W. The Concept of Nature in Nineteenth Century Poetry.
Booth, Wayne. The Rhetoric of Fiction.
Bostetter, Edward, ed. Twentieth Century Interpretations of Don Juan.
Brooks, Cleanth. The Well Wrought Urn.
Bowra C. M. The Romantic Imagination.
Bush, Douglas. Mythology and the Romantic Tradition in English Poetry
Foot, Michael. The Politics of Paradise: A Vindication of Byron
Holmes, Richard.. Coleridge: Early Visions.
Holmes, Richard.Shelley: The Pursuit.
Jack, Ian. English Literature 1815-1832
Langbaum, Robert. The Poetry of Experience.
McKillop, Alan. The Early Masters of English Fiction.
Probyn, Clive. English Fiction of the Eighteenth Century.
Renwick, F. L. English Literature 1789-1815.
Stevenson, Lionel. The English Novel: A Panorama.
Trawick, L. M. Backgrounds of Romanticism.
Wilke, B. Romantic Poets and Epic Tradition.
Message from the Writing Center:
To write a successful paper in this course, you will need to follow a process of planning, writing,
and revising your papers. The Writing Center tutors will work with you one-on-one on any or all
parts of this process. This academic service is available to assist you in becoming a confident writer.
The Writing Center is located in Library. The Center is open Sunday – Thursday between 6:00 and
11:00 p.m. (additional daytime hours to be determined in the near future and announced via email).
An appointment is not necessary. You may contact the Center Coordinator, Corrie Greene
(email@example.com) if you have questions. In addition, please know that an excellent internet
resource is available to you at all times: Purdue University’s OWL (On‑line Writing Lab). This site
provides an “always on” and authoritative resource for composition, grammar, and citation. The address
“Writing is an act of faith, not a trick of grammar.”
Final comments: As you can see, this syllabus is on-line; for the most accurate information about
the course, go to listing for this course on Moodle: http://online.montreat.edu/2016-07/.
I reserve the right to make minor changes to the syllabus and course requirements as we move
through the semester.