Professor: Dan White
Office: UTM 296A NB, 905-828-5291 / St. George 2215 7 KCC
Office Hours: UTM, Monday 4:00-5:00; St. George, Wednesday 4:00-5:00
Course Focus: This course will simultaneously consider the public nature of Romantic period writing and examine the particular publics according to which authors and readers conceived of themselves as citizens of the late-eighteenth- and early-nineteenth-century “Republic of Letters.” By applying theories of publicity founded on the writings of Jürgen Habermas, we will participate in the ongoing attempt to revise our assumptions concerning “high Romantic” interiority, alienation, and transcendence by moving beyond the period’s own powerful ideologies of poetic creativity. Questions of publicity, sociability, cosmopolitanism, and theatricality have now become central to Romantic studies. In order to pose and respond to such questions, we will interpret a wide range of print materials, including canonical and noncanonical poetry, fiction, critical and philosophical prose, and drama in addition to political and religious pamphlets, periodical reviews, newspapers, engravings and accounts of political meetings, &c.
Method of Evaluation: Class participation (15%), two in-class research presentations (15%), abstract (5%, 500 words), conference presentation (15%, 20 minutes followed by q & a), research paper (50%, 20 pp.).
Texts: Along with the primary-source coursepack (readings marked “CP” below), the following texts are available for purchase at the Campus Book Store.
Baillie, Joanna. Plays on the Passions: 1798 Edition. Ed. Peter Duthie. Peterborough: Broadview, 2001.
Barbauld, Anna Letitia. Selected Poetry and Prose. Ed. William McCarthy and Elizabeth Kraft. Peterborough: Broadview, 2002.
Burke, Edmund. Reflections on the Revolution in France. Ed. L.G. Mitchell. Oxford: Oxford UP, 1999.
Byron, George Gordon. Byron. Ed. Jerome McGann. Oxford: Oxford UP, 1986.
Coleridge, Samuel Taylor. The Complete Poems. Ed. William Keach. London: Penguin, 1997.
Godwin, William. Caleb Williams. Ed. Gary Handwerk and A.A. Markley. Peterborough: Broadview, 2000.
Hazlitt, William. Selected Writings. Ed. Jon Cook. Oxford: Oxford UP, 1991.
Keats, John. Complete Poems. Ed. Jack Stillinger. Cambridge: Harvard UP, 1978.
Shelley, Percy Bysshe. Shelley’s Poetry and Prose. Ed. Donald H. Reiman and Neil Fraistat. 2nd edn. New York: Norton, 2002.
Wordsworth, William, and Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Lyrical Ballads: William Wordsworth and S.T. Coleridge. Ed. R.L. Brett and A.R. Jones. 2nd edn. London: Routledge, 1991.
Most secondary readings (bulleted below) will be in the secondary-source
coursepack, also for sale at the Campus Book Store (some
be handed out in class). Whenever possible, I have placed the books from which
these readings come on reserve at
Term Loan at Robarts.
Wednesday, September 10
Toasts, printed on the back of a London Corresponding Society pamphlet, At a General Meeting of the London Corresponding Society, Held at the Globe Tavern Strand: On Monday the 20th Day of January, 1794 (1794) [Handout]
James Gillray, “Copenhagen House” (1795) and “London Corresponding Society, alarm’d” (1798) [Handout]
Isaac Cruikshank, “Debating Society” (1795) [Handout]
Thomas Rowlandson, “Surrey Institution” (1809) [Handout]
Wednesday, September 17
Richard Price, A Discourse on the Love of our
Country, Delivered on Nov. 4, 1789, at the Meeting-House in the Old
Jewry, to the Society for Commemorating the Revolution in Great Britain
Edmund Burke, from Reflections on the Revolution in France, and on the Proceedings in Certain Societies in London Relative to that Event: in a Letter Intended to have been Sent to a Gentleman in Paris (1790), pp. 3-99
Anna Barbauld, Sins of Government, Sins of the Nation; or, a Discourse for the Fast, Appointed on April 19, 1793 (1793)
Wednesday, September 24
Francis Place, from The Autobiography of Francis Place (1793-99)
John Thelwall, “The Speech of John Thelwall, at the General Meeting of the Friends of Parliamentary Reform, Called by the London Corresponding Society, and Held in the Neighbourhood of Copenhagen-House; On Monday, October 26, 1795” (1795) [CP]
Wednesday, October 1
William Godwin, Things as They Are; or, the
Adventures of Caleb Williams (1794), from Enquiry Concerning
Political Justice, and Its Influence on General Virtue and Happiness
(1793, 1796), and “Of History and Romance”
Reviews from the Critical, the British, the Monthly, and the Analytical (1794-95)
Wednesday, October 8
Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Conciones ad Populum. Or Addresses to the People (1795) and the Conversation Poems: “The Eolian Harp” (1796), “Reflections on Having Left a Place of Retirement”
(1796), “This Lime-Tree Bower My Prison” (1797), “Frost at Midnight”
(1798), “Fears in Solitude” (1798), “The Nightingale” (1798),
“Dejection: An Ode” (1802), “To William Wordsworth” (1807)
Robert Southey, “The Botany-bay Eclogues,” from Poems (1797) [CP]
Wednesday, October 15
William Wordsworth and S.T. Coleridge, Lyrical Ballads (1798,
Francis Jeffrey, review of Wordsworth’s Poems, in Two Volumes (1807), from The Edinburgh Review (1807) [CP]
Wednesday, October 22
Joanna Baillie, “Introductory Discourse” and De Monfort: A Tragedy, from A Series of Plays: In Which It Is Attempted to Delineate the Stronger Passions of the Mind. Each Passion Being the Subject of a Tragedy and a Comedy (1798)
Wednesday, October 29
Leigh Hunt, “Young Poets” and review of Keats’ Poems (1817), from The Examiner (1816-17) [CP]
John Keats, “Sleep and Poetry” (1817) and Endymion: A Poetic Romance (1818)
John Gibson Lockhart (“Z.”), “On the Cockney School of Poetry” I-IV, in Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine (1817-18) [CP]
Wednesday, November 5
William Hazlitt, “What is the People?” (1817)
P.B. Shelley, The Cenci (1819) and A Defence of Poetry (1821)
Wednesday, November 12
Byron, Don Juan (1819-24), “Dedication” and Cantos I-VIII
Abstracts due (except for those who will present on Byron)
Wednesday, November 19
Byron, Don Juan (1819-24), Cantos IX-XVII
Abstracts due (for those who will present on Byron)
Wednesday, November 26
Wednesday, December 3
Friday, December 12, Research Papers Due in English Office by Noon
Daniel E. White