English 317, Autumn 2002
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Office: (973) 353-5279 x 516; 516 Hill Hall.
Hours: Wednesday, 3:00-5:00, and by appointment
(appointments are best).
Home: (609) 882-4642 (before 10:00 p.m.!).
(the best way to reach me).
Listserv: preromantics @ andromeda.rutgers.edu (for the
@ andromeda.rutgers.edu (for the UC section).
- Written Assignments: There will be two papers, the first of around 1,500
words (six pages), the second of 2,000 (eight pages). There are
also four short "OED Exercises," in which you'll provide brief
reports of your discoveries in the Oxford English
Dictionary (we'll discuss these in class).
- Final Exam: A final examination will include
identification of quotations, close reading, and short essays.
- Attendance: Almost any excuse, given in advance
(in person, by phone, or by E-mail), will receive my blessing.
Absences not excused in advance will be frowned upon, and your
final grade will be lowered by half a grade for each unexcused
absence. The same policy applies to late papers: I'll grant
extensions, but only if you talk to me before the due
- Class Participation: Regular and active class
participation (including doing the readings) is essential, and
counts for a large part of your grade.
- Computing: Some essential information will be
available only electronically. All students therefore
must have an E-mail account by the end of the first
week of classes, and must be able to use the World
Wide Web. Participation in the mailing list (see "listserv"
above) will count toward the class participation grade. I'll
provide any computing help you need.
- Plagiarism: It should go without saying, but
all work in this class must be your own. Handing in
someone else's work as your own will result in an F for the
course with no second chance, and may result in disciplinary
action. I encourage you to use outside sources, but you
have to cite anything you didn't write yourself. If you have even
an inkling of a doubt about what's legitimate or how to cite
something, see me before handing in the paper.
All the books are available from New Jersey Books; many readings
are also available on-line. "ECP" refers to
Eighteenth-Century Poetry, edited by Fairer and Gerrard.
Classroom discussion is easier if you use the editions I've
ordered, but if you own the works in other editions, you needn't
buy new copies.
Schedule of Class Meetings
- Wed., 4 Sept.
- Introduction (class business, &c.).
- Mon., 9 Sept.
- Introduction to the history of the English language.
- Wed., 11 Sept.
- Jonathan Swift, "A
Description of the Morning" (ECP 72), "A Description of
a City Shower" (ECP 72-74); John Gay, from Trivia;
or, The Art of Walking the Streets of London (ECP
- Mon., 16 Sept.
- Alexander Pope, Windsor-Forest
(ECP 102-13), "An
Epistle to Dr Arbuthnot" (ECP 155-66).
- Wed., 18 Sept.
- Thomas Parnell, "A
Night-Piece on Death" (ECP 61-63); Anne Finch,
Countess of Winchilsea, "A
Nocturnal Rêverie" (ECP 33-35). OED Exercise
Due: Report on three words from Swift, Gay, or Pope.
- Mon., 23 Sept.
- John Dyer, "Grongar
Hill" (ECP 228-32); Stephen Duck, "The Thresher's
Labour" (ECP 249-56); Mary Collier, "The
Woman's Labour" (ECP 257-62).
- Wed., 25 Sept.
- James Thomson, Spring (ECP 193-220).
- Mon., 30 Sept.
- Thomas Gray, "Elegy
Written in a Country Church Yard" (ECP 329-33).
- Wed., 2 Oct.
- Thomas Gray, "Ode
on a Distant Prospect of Eton College" (ECP 325-27),
Progress of Poesy: A Pindaric Ode" (ECP 333-38), "The
Bard: A Pindaric Ode" (ECP 338-43).
- Mon., 7 Oct.
- William Collins, "Ode
on the Poetical Character" (ECP 344-47), "Ode
to Evening" (ECP 347-49), "The
Passions: An Ode for Music" (ECP 354-57). OED
Exercise Due: Report on three words from Parnell, Finch,
Dyer, Duck, Collier, Thomson, or Gray.
- Wed., 9 Oct.
- NO CLASS I'll
- Mon., 14 Oct.
- Joseph Warton, "The
Enthusiast; or, The Lover of Nature"
(ECP 358-64), "Ode to Evening"
(ECP 365); Thomas Warton, "The Pleasures of Melancholy"
(ECP 367-74), "Verses
on Sir Joshua Reynolds's Painted Window at New-College
Oxford" (ECP 378-81).
- Wed., 16 Oct.
- Christopher Smart, "My
Cat Jeoffry" from Jubilate Agno (ECP 387-89);
William Cowper, The Task, Book One, The
Sofa (ECP 487-505).
- Mon., 21 Oct.
- James Macpherson, selections from Fragments of Ancient
Poetry (ECP 408-11), "A
Dissertation concerning the Antiquity, &c. of the Poems of
Ossian the Son of Fingal" (on-line). OED Exercise Due:
Report on three words from Collins, the Wartons, Smart, or
- Wed., 23 Oct.
- Thomas Chatterton, "Mynstrelles
Songe" (ECP 412-14), "Stay, Curyous Traveller"
(ECP 414-15), "An
Excelent Balade of Charitie" (ECP 415-18); William
Henry Ireland, An
Authentic Account of the Shaksperian Manuscripts
- Mon., 28 Oct.
- Robert Burns, "To
a Mouse" (ECP 459-60), "To a
Louse" (ECP 460-62), "Tam
o' Shanter: A Tale" (ECP 465-70).
- Wed., 30 Oct.
- Charlotte Smith, "Sonnet:
Written in the Church Yard at Middleton in Sussex"
(ECP 514-15), "Sonnet: To Fancy" (ECP 515), "Sonnet:
The Gossamer" (ECP 515), "Sonnet:
On Being Cautioned against Walking on an Headland"
(ECP 516); William Lisle Bowles, "Sonnet:
Written at Tinemouth, Northumberland, after a Tempestuous
Voyage" (ECP 519-20), "Sonnet: To the River Wensbeck"
(ECP 520), "Sonnet:
Written at Ostend" (ECP 520); Anna Seward, "Sonnet:
To the Poppy" (ECP 527-28).
DUE (five to seven pages).
- Mon., 4 Nov.
- William Blake, The
Marriage of Heaven and Hell.
- Wed., 6 Nov.
- Blake, The
Marriage of Heaven and Hell (continued).
- Mon., 11 Nov.
- William Godwin, Caleb Williams, volume 1 (pp. 1-109).
OED Exercise Due: Report on three words from Chatterton,
Burns, the sonnets, or Blake.
- Wed., 13 Nov.
- Godwin, Caleb Williams, volume 2 (pp.
- Mon., 18 Nov.
- Godwin, Caleb Williams, volume 3 (pp. 215-337) and
Appendix I (pp. 339-46).
- Wed., 20 Nov.
- Mary Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the
Rights of Woman, chapters 1-4.
- Mon., 25 Nov.
- Wollstonecraft, Vindication,
- Wed., 27 Nov.
- NO CLASS Friday
- Mon., 2 Dec.
- Wollstonecraft, Vindication,
chapters 9-13; Anna Laetitia Barbauld, "The
Rights of Woman" (ECP 481-82).
- Wed., 4 Dec.
- William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Lyrical
Ballads: the Advertisement (pp. 3-4), "The Rime of the
Ancyent Marinere," "The Foster-Mother's Tale," "Lines Left upon a
Seat in a Yew Tree," "The Nightingale," "The Female
- Mon., 9 Dec.
- Wordsworth and Coleridge, Lyrical
Ballads (continued): "Goody Blake and Harry Gill," "Lines
Written at a Small Distance from My House," "Simon Lee," "The
Thorn," "The Last of the Flock," "The Dungeon," "The Mad Mother,"
"The Idiot Boy," the Preface of 1800 (pp. 133-79).
- Wed., 11 Dec.
Ballads (continued): "Lines Written near Richmond,"
"Expostulation and Reply," "The Tables Turned," "Old Man
Travelling," "The Complaint of a Forsaken Indian Woman," "The
Convict," "Lines Written a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey."
DUE (eight to ten pages).