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This is a prospective undergraduate course on Romanticism, which I envision as a lecture course accompanied by tutorials.
Duncan Wu's anthology remains the most useful available for its diversity; it includes well-selected excerpts from important political writings.


Week 1: Introduction: The Age of Revolution

William Wordsworth, from The Prelude, Book IX; Edmund Burke, from Reflections on the Revolution in France; Thomas Paine, from On the Rights of Man; Helen Maria Williams, from Letters

Week 2: Reform

John Thelwall, ‘Stanzas’; William Wordsworth, ‘The Female Vagrant’; ‘Lines Written in Early Spring’; Samuel Taylor Coleridge, ‘The Dungeon’; Mary Wollstonecraft, from A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

Week 3: War

William Wordsworth, ‘The Discharged Solider’; Samuel Taylor Coleridge, ‘Fears in Solitude’; Lord Byron, from Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage, Canto III

Week 4: Visual Culture

William Blake, Songs of Innocence and Experience

Week 5: Nature

Charlotte Turner Smith, ‘To the Nightingale’, ‘On the Departure of the Nightingale’; Samuel Taylor Coleridge, ‘The Nightingale’; Percy Bysshe Shelley, ‘A Defence of Poetry’; John Keats, ‘Ode to a Nightingale’

Week 6: The Sublime

Edmund Burke, from A Philosophical Inquiry; William Wordsworth, ‘Tintern Abbey’; from The Prelude, Book VI; Samuel Taylor Coleridge, ‘The Eolian Harp’

Week 7: Science

Mary Shelley, Frankenstein

Week 8. The City

William Wordsworth, from The Prelude, Books VII and VIII; Letitia Elizabeth Landon, ‘Scenes in London’

Week 9: Antiquity

Samuel Taylor Coleridge, ‘The Rime of the Ancient Mariner’, ‘Christabel’; John Keats, ‘Lamia’, ‘Ode on a Grecian Urn’

Week 10: The Orient

Samuel Taylor Coleridge, ‘Kubla Khan’; Thomas De Quincey, from Confessions; Felicia Hemans, ‘The Indian City’, ‘The Indian Woman’s Death Song’

Week 11: Celebrity Culture

Lord Byron, Don Juan, Dedication

Week 12: The Author

William Wordsworth, The Prelude, Book I; Percy Bysshe Shelley, Adonais; John Clare, ‘I Am’

Week 13: Review


Romanticism: An Anthology, Duncan Wu ed., 4th edn (Blackwell, 2012)

Mary Shelley, Frankenstein, ed. Maurice Hindle, rev. (Penguin Books, 2003)