British Literature after 1800

ENGL 2007
June 2010

Brief Description of Course

This course surveys British literature from the Romantics period to the present day (or the late twentieth century). It provides students with a framework for understanding the history and development of the British literary corpus, and it complements ENGL 2006. The course builds upon first-year English courses by focusing on the close critical analysis of poetry and prose and by emphasizing the critical contexts for interpretation. In addition, ENGL 2007 continues from ENGL 2006 in introducing the research and bibliographic skills necessary for further work in the discipline of English Studies.

Required Texts

Recommended Texts


15%  mid-term testJune 14, 9:15 a.m.
10%  first essaydue June 18
5%  poetry scansion testJune 21, 11:30 a.m.
10%  critical essay assignmnetdue June 25
15%  second essaydue June 30
35%  final examJuly 2nd, 9:00 a.m.
10%  preparation and participation

Course Objectives


Plagiarism will not be tolerated. All assignments are subject to an additional written or oral test, at the instructor’s discretion. All suspected plagiarism will be reported to the chair of the department, the dean of the faculty, and the registrar of the university. The instructor requests that the students submit both of the two essays to to help deter and control plagiarism.


All assignments are due in class. All assignments may be submitted up to two days late without penalty. After that, there will be a 3%/day (including weekend days) penalty on all assignments. No assignment will be accepted after the start of the final exam.

Preparation and Participation

You are expected to participate in class in an informed manner. At the very least, you are expected to come to class regularly, having read all assigned reading for that class. Ideally, you will have thought about the reading, taken notes on the reading, and have prepared opinions on and notes and questions about the reading. Ideally, you will participate in class discussions. Keep in mind that participating in class is usually a highly rewarding experience, greatly enhancing your ability to understand the course material and helping ensure your success in the course. Everyone is expected to be courteous and professional at all times in class.

Office Hours and Contact

Office hours will be Mondays and Wednesdays, from 1:00 to 3:00. Please feel free to come to my office during these office hours: no appointment is needed. If you cannot make it to my office hours, you can request meeting me at another time, and I will do my best to arrange something with you.

Please feel free to email me. To assist me, please place ENGL 2007 at the start of the subject line. You may have to wait a day or two for an answer: please do not email me requests that need to be answered immediately. Note also that if I think an email response will take too much time or will not adequately address the complexity of the issue raised, I will respond by requesting you meet with me during office hours to discuss the issue.

Class schedule (subject to change)

June 4Introduction
Poetry scansion
Blake, “A Poison Tree”
June 7Wordsworth, “Simon Lee”
Wordsworth, “Tintern Abbey”
Coleridge, “Kubla Khan”
June 9Coleridge, “Dejection, an Ode”
Shelley, “Mont Blanc”
Shelley, “Ode to the West Wind”
June 11Keats, “Ode to a Nightingale”
Keats, “Ode on a Grecian Urn”
Keats, selections from letters
June 14In-class test
Tennyson, “Ulysses”
Tennyson, “The Epic”
Tennyson, In Memoriam, 5 and 54
June 16Brontë, Jane Eyre, chapters I to XXIII
June 18Brontë, Jane Eyre, complete
First essay due
June 21Browning, “Porphyria’s Lover”
Browning, “‘Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came’”
Arnold, “Dover Beach”
Poetry scansion test
June 23Hardy, “The Darkling Thrush”
Owen, “Anthem for Doomed Youth”
Yeats, “The Wild Swans at Coole”
Yeats, “Among School Children”
June 25Joyce, “The Dead”
Critical essay assignment due
June 28Eliot, “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”
Mansfield, “The Daughters of the Late Colonel”
June 30Auden, “Musée des Beaux Arts”
Heaney, Station Island, 12
Second essay due