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English 307

Fall 2016
MWF 12-12:50 p.m.
Belk 306
English 307: Romantic Literature; 3 credit hrs.

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:
The Norton Anthology of English Literature, 8th edition. Vol. 2  
Emma, Jane Austen
Frankenstein, Mary Shelley
The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner, James Hogg
Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte
Strongly recommended:
A Handbook to Literature, Eds. William Harmon and C. Hugh Holman
MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (5th ed), Ed. Joseph Gibaldi.
Also, see Oxford Reference Online www.oxfordreference.com for some basic reference assistance. 
It contains desktop access to 100 key Oxford dictionaries and reference works. The Core Collection
brings together 100 language and subject dictionaries and reference works - containing well over
60,000 pages - into a single cross-searchable resource.  Also, see the Oxford English Dictionary,
the grandfather of all dictionaries at http://dictionary.oed.com 
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:
  1. In the context of English literature, what different meanings does the the word "romantic" suggest?
  2. What were the important intellectual, literary, social, and political events that shaped the Romantic period?
  3. What is a novel?
  4. What does the term gothic mean in literature? How may it be applied to Romantic literature?
  5. What is the role of Nature in the literature of the Romantic period?
  6. How is that Romantic poetry offers a distinct break with the poetry of the 18th century?
    What makes it distinct? Why does it continue to influence the poetry of the 21st century?
  7. What particulars about the human experience do the Romantic writers focus upon?
  8. How pivotal is a knowledge of Scripture when reading, analyzing, and interpreting Romantic literature?
Learning Outcomes:
  1. That you read and analyze four Romantic novels and the poetry of the six major Romantic poets.
  2. That you understand the literary period leading up the Romantic period.
  3. That you identify and discuss the significant themes and motifs of Romantic poetry.
  4. That you write a book review on important scholarly book that considers the Romantic period.
  5. That you develop a creative project or write a long analytic research paper on some aspect of our study.
  6. That you learn to value the literature covered in this course as something that can enrich your life,
  7. revealing the complexity of the human experience and informing your spiritual life.
Course Outline:
Weeks 1 and 2 Course introduction; The poetry of William Blake
Weeks 3 and 4 The poetry of William Wordsworth
September 16 Test/Essay
Weeks 5 and 6 Emma by Jane Austen
Week 7 The poetry of Samuel Taylor Coleridge
October 14 Test/Essay
Weeks 8-10 The poetry of Percy Bysshe Shelley
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
The Private Memoirs and Confessions
of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg
Nov. 11 Test/Essay
Weeks 12-15 The poetry of  Lord Byron and the poetry of John Keats
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Dec. 14 Final Exam 2-4 p.m.
  1. There will be tests, essays, journals, and quizzes that will count 70% of your grade
    in the course.

  2. A book review of an assigned critical study; see the course Bibliography below;
    due Nov. 13, 2016 by midnight. This book review will count 10%.

  3. You can do one of the following. You can write an analytical paper (1,250 to 1,500 words)
    on some aspect of material covered in this course; due Dec. 4, 2016 by midnight. OR you
    can develop a creative project (recitations, well-done skits or video versions of portions of
    works we study, satires, "modern-language" versions of portions of the poems,
    audio recordings, computer presentations, etc.--check out your idea with me and get
    approval before beginning work on this). Due any time before the last day of class
    (all creative projects must be presented to the class).
    Either of these will count 10%.

  4. The remaining 10% will come from your class participation, discussion, regular attendance,
    homework, reserve and supplemental reading, group work and various short writing assignments.

  5. There are a total of 1000 pts possible in the course. Final grades will be compiled using
    the following guidelines:
    1000-900    A to A-
    899-800      B+ to B-
    799-700      C+ to C-
    699-600      D+ to D-
    599-0          F

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
(writingtutor@montreat.edu) 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.”

  E.B. White

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.