Syllabus for English 151 (section 6) Gender and Genre in Victorian Poetry, Semester I 2003

Professor Landow (office: 338 Carr House; e-mail:; office hours: 1.00-1:50, Monday and Wednesday. Class meets in Wilson 109A, 11-11:50 AM, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

Note: Check this on-line reading list at the beginning of each week since assignments may change or be reordered.

Classweb: Victorian Web

Weeks 1 and 2. 3 through 12 September. Alfred Tennyson, Poetic Revision and Poetic Form(s)

Reading: Begin exploring The Victorian Web; "The Kraken," "Mariana," "Mariana in the South," "The Palace of Art" [text -- discussion questions], "The Lady of Shalott" [text], "The Two Voices," "Tithonus," "Ulysses," "The Lotus Eaters," "Supposed Confessions of a Second-Rate Sensitive Mind."

Week 3. 15-19 September. Tennyson, Intertextuality, Intratextuality, and a Poetry of Fragments

Reading: In Memoriam; supplementary materials

Week 4: 22-26 September. Robert Browning, The Growth of the Dramatic Monologue

Reading: "Porpyhria's Lover" [text] "My Last Duchess," "Count Gismond," "The Bishop Orders His Tomb at St. Praxed's," "Cleon" [text], "Bishop Blougram's Apology," "Karshish," "Saul;" materials on the dramatic monologue.

Week 5. 29 September-3 October. Browning (and others)

Reading: "Caliban Upon Setebos," "How It Strikes a Contemporary," "Child Roland to the Dark Tower Came," "Two in the Compagna," "Pictor Ignotus," "Fra Lippo Lippi," "Andrea del Sarto," "Old Pictures in Florence," D. G.Rossetti's "The Blessed Damozel," "Jenny;" Swinburne, "Hymn to Proserpine," Eliot's "Journey of the Magi," "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock."

Weeks 6-7. 6-17 October. Elizabeth Barrett Browning and the Poem as Novel

Reading: Aurora Leigh; materials about the poem [October 13: Columbus Day holiday].

Week 8. 20-24 October. Christina Rossetti

Reading: All poems in Buckley Pre-Raphaelite anthology, some of which are in works section of the Rossetti section of the Victorian Web.

Week 9. 27-31 October. Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Reading: All poems in Buckley Pre-Raphaelite anthology.

Week 10. 3-7 November. A. C. Swinburne. Sex and Politics, Sexual Politics

"Laus Veneris," "The Triumph of Time," "Dolores," "Hymn to Prosperine" [text], "Anactoria," "On the Russian Persecution of the Jews," "Hertha," "Mater Dolorosa," "Tiresias," and Dirae [text].

Week 11. 10-14 November. Reading: A. C. Swinburne. The Later Landscape Poetry

Reading: "Before a Crucifix" [text], " "A Foresaken Garden," "Evening on the Broads" [text], "By the North Sea" [text]. Recommended reading not in anthology: "Ave Atque Vale," "Thalassius," "On the Downs, "On the Cliffs," "A Nympholept," "The Lake of Gaube."

Weeks 12-13. 17-24 November. Gerard Manley Hopkins, the Pleasures of Pressure, and the Rhetoric of Difficulty

Reading: All poems in Works.

Weeks 13-14. 24 November and 1-5 December. W. H. Henley and the Late Victorian Lyric

Reading: In Hospital [text] Thanksgiving recess: 26-30 November..

7-10 December: Reading period; 12-20 December: Final Exam Period

Final project due when final exam is scheduled.

Last modified: 11 November 2003