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Schedule of Readings and Texts based on syllabus from ENGL 3820, spring of 2011.


M JAN 24 - Winthrop, Bradford, Bradstreet

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John Winthrop, A Model of Christian Charity
William Bradford, from Of Plymouth Plantation
Anne Bradstreet, "The Author to Her Book," "Verses upon the Burning of Our House"

W JAN 26 - The Libertine

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John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester, "Verses put into a Lady's Prayer-book," "The Platonic Lady," "Song to Cloris," "The Imperfect Enjoyment," "Song," "A Song of a Young Lady. To her Ancient Lover," "The Maimed Debauchee," "Upon Nothing"


W FEB 2 - The Ladies (Phillips, Barker, Behn, Egerton, Swift)

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Katherine Phillips, "Against Love," "The Virgin"
Jane Barker, "A Virgin Life"
Aphra Behn, "The Disappointment," "To the Fair Clarinda," The Fair Jilt
Sarah Fyge Egerton, "The Liberty"
Jonathan Swift, "The Lady’s Dressing Room"

M JAN 31 - Rowlandson

Mary Rowlandson, The Sovereignty and Goodness of God (book)

M-W FEB 7 and 9 - Defoe

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Daniel Defoe, Moll Flanders (book)

M FEB 14 - Periodical Essay

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Selections from The Tatler, Spectator, and Guardian
Swift, "A Description of a City Shower" [from The Tatler, No. 238]
Addison and Steele, from The Tatler No. 108 (The Contortionist), No. 116 (The Hoop-Petticoat); and from The Spectator No. 1 (Mr. Spectator), No. 2 (The Club), No. 10 (Aim of the Papers), No. 49 (The Coffee-House), No. 69 (The Exchange), No. 81 (Party Patches), No. 275 (The Beau's Head), No. 281 (The Coquette's Heart), No. 555 (Farewell)
Alexander Pope, The Guardian No. 78 (Recipe for an Epic Poem)

W FEB 16 and W Feb 23 - Franklin

Franklin's Autobiography (book)

M FEB 21 - Augustan Poetry and After

Selected Poems by Montagu, Pope, Gray, Duck, Burns, Wheatley, and Barbauld

Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, "Verses Addressed to the Imitator of the First Satire of the Second Book of Horace"
Pope, “Epistle to Arbuthnot”
Thomas Gray, "Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard"
Stephen Duck, "On Mites. To a Lady"
Phillis Wheatley, "On Being Brought from Africa to America"
Robert Burns, “To a Mouse”
Anna Letitia Barbauld, "Washing Day"


M FEB 28 - Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson, from Notes on the State of Virginia and The Declaration of Independence

W MAR 2 - Blake

Selections from William Blake; Blake, America: A Prophecy and Europe: A Prophecy (book)

W MAR 14 - Lyrical Ballads

S.T.C. Coleridge and William Wordsworth, from Lyrical Ballads: Advertisement, Coleridge, “Rime of the Ancyent Marinere” (online); Wordsworth, “Advertisement,” “We Are Seven,” “Expostulation and Reply,” “The Tables Turned,” “Tintern Abbey”

M MAR 16 - Rowson

Susanna Rowson, Charlotte Temple (book)


M and W MAR 21 and 23 - Austen

Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey (book)

W MAR 23 - Hawthorne

Nathaniel Hawthorne, "The Birth-Mark"

M MAR 28 - The Ode

A selection of Romantic Odes
Wordsworth, reread "Tintern Abbey" from Lyrical Ballads, "Ode. Intimations of Immortality"; Byron, "Ode to Napoleon Buonaparte"; Percy Shelley, "Ode to the West Wind"; John Keats, "Ode to Psyche," "Ode on a Grecian Urn," "Ode on Melancholy," "Ode to a Nightingale," "To Autumn"

W MAR 31 - Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson, "The American Scholar," "Self-Reliance," and "Experience"

M APR 4 - Poe's fictions

Poe, "How to Write a Blackwood Article," "The Fall of the House of Usher," "William Wilson," "The Murders in the Rue Morgue"


W APR 6 - Lyric and the Dramatic Monologue

Selections from Wordsworth, Mill, Poe, and Browning

Wordsworth, "The World is Too Much With Us"; Shelley, “England in 1819,” Alfred Lord Tennyson, “The Kraken”; J. S. Mill, "What is Poetry?"; Tennyson, “The Lady of Shallott” (1832 version); Poe, "The Raven" and "Philosophy of Composition"; Robert Browning, "Porphyria's Lover"

M APR 11 and 13 - Dickens

Dickens, Hard Times

W APR 18 - Douglass

Frederick Douglass, Narrative (book)

W APR 20 - Melville

Herman Melville, "Bartleby the Scrivener" and "Benito Cereno"


M APR 25 - American Verse

Walt Whitman, from Leaves of Grass, and Emily Dickinson, selected poems

W APR 27 - Culture and Anarchy

Selected poems by Tennyson, the Rossettis, and Arnold:
Tennyson, "Maud: A Monodrama" (online); Christina Rossetti, "Goblin
Market”; Dante Gabriel Rossetti, "Jenny"; Matthew Arnold, "Dover Beach" and a selection from Culture and Anarchy

M MAY 2 — Coda

Oscar Wilde, "The Decay of Lying"; Mark Twain, "To the Person Sitting in Darkness"

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