The Early Romantic Period: 1789 to 1816
--A Class held Fall 1996 at Miami University
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Fall 1997, English 441B.
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throughout the semester.
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making these projects.
Remember to check the Romantic
Chronology to see what was going on during the time that the selections
you are reading for class were composed and/or published. There are a series
of specific Date Assignments using the chronology
which you can see by clicking on their titles:
- Date Assignment #1; Due September 26
- Date Assignment #2; Due October 3
- Date Assignment #3; Due October 24
- Date Assignment #4; Due November 7
- Date Assignment #5; Due November 21
You can access the handouts for this class by clicking on their
titles in the following list:
New Course Materials added after 27 August:
More info., a fuller description of the question, and helpful suggestions
for thinking about it will be added a week before each assignment is due: click
on the Assignment title a week before the due date to get a fuller description
of each assignment.
- Listserv Assignment #1, Due 19 September:
What one or two ideas about government given in the readings for 19 Sept.
impressed you as interesting or valuable, and why?
- Listserv Assignment #2, Due 26 September:
List three of the ways, according to Mary Wollstonecraft, that women differ
from men, telling us her explanation as to why they differ. Do you agree or
- Listserv Assignment #3, Due 3 October:
Describe the effects that sentimental descriptions of the plight of slaves
have on readers: how do they affect you? does this kind of art promote action
or inaction? Why?
- Listserv Assignment #4, Due 17 October:
What is Charlotte Smith's relation to those people who have emigrated from
France, losing everything, or indeed what is her relation to any people who
are dispossessed or downtrodden?
- Listserv Assignment #5, Due 24 October:
- Listserv Assignment #6, Due 31 October:
List two or three of the claims that Joanna Baillie makes about what good
art looks like or how it works. Do you agree?
- Listserv Assignment #7, Due 7 November:
According to Wordsworth's The Prelude, how does imagination work?
How are imaginative writers connected to political events? Do you agree with
- Listserv Assignment #8, Due 12 November:
Pick out one or two of the poems you read for today's class: what do you like
about it? dislike? find interesting?
- Listserv Assignment #9, Due 21 November:
- Listserv Assignment #10, Due 5 December:
In Mansfield Park, does Fanny have a home? Why or why not?
Again, to see the assignment described in greater detail, click on the
assignment title; more info. will be added closer to the time that the
assignment is due.
- Web Assignment #1, Due 10 September (Group
1) / 17 September (Group 2): Using the list of URLs (Web addresses) in
the handout called Romanticism On Line, perform
three tasks: 1. Find out what texts by romantic writers were published the
year the French Revolution began (1789); list them. 2. Find on line three
texts written by romantic writers and print out a few pages of them. 3. Type
"romantic" into a Web search engine: what kinds of online sites
did you come up with? List a few and describe them.
- Web Assignment #2, Due 10 October:
Go to The New Child
Exhibit On Line; pick out and describe the picture in the exhibit you find
most interesting. What are children like, in the painter's view? Do you agree?
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