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1660 - 1800 and beyond

Stefanie Head

Course: English 374
Spring 2008

Student Writing

Download a PDF of the Course Syllabus HERE

Note: Your readings will come from a variety of sources, including texts that you have purchased, which are listed at right; online texts, the links for which are to be found on your online version of the syllabus (here); and electronic PDF files that you can download from our WebCT site. It is your responsibility to discern where the given readings below are to be found; if you have any questions, you can always email me or the group.

Unit I: Gothic Emergences

January 24: Introduction to course: Slide Show Lecture Presentation "The Gothic: Architecture, Gardens, Art"

William Collins, "Ode to Fear" (1746); Edmund Burke, "Of the Sublime", "Of Beauty" from On the Sublime and the Beautiful (1757) ; Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "Sonnet V. To the River Otter" (1796); Lord Byron, "She Walks in Beauty" (1815); Audio Recording

Suggested Reading: Edmund Burke, Part I and Part II of On the Sublime and the Beautiful

January 29: Horace Walpole, The Castle of Otronto (1764-65): full text: pp. 57-165

January 31: The Castle of Otronto; Sigmund Freud, from The Ego and the Id (1923): "Consciousness and What is Unconscious"; "The Ego and the Id"; "The Ego and the Super-Ego (Ego Ideal)" (pp. 628-645 of The Freud Reader, Ed. Peter Gay).

February 5: William Beckford, Vathek (1786 / 1815-16): full text: pp. 45-148

February 7: Vathek; Episode I from The Episodes of Vathek: "The History of the Two Princes and Friends, Alasi and Firouz": pp. 151-196

Quiz 1: Quizzes are located under "Quiz" in our WebCT portal. You may access the quiz between 12:30pm and 11:55pm on the date that it is due, and you have 2 hours to complete it once you have begun. I encourage you to print out any passages you have been asked to think about on the quiz and annotate it by hand. Please submit all of these hand-written notes to me at the beginning of the following class, as I will take them into careful consideration when I grade the exam.

Unit II: Gothic Revolutions

February 12: The Revolution Controversy: Edmund Burke, from Reflections on the Revolution in France (1790); Mary Wollstonecraft, from Vindication of the Rights of Men (1790); Thomas Paine, from Rights of Man (1791); William Godwin, from Enquiry Concerning Political Justice and Its Influence on General Virtue and Happiness (1793)

February 14: William Godwin, "On History and Romance" [Appendix A.4 of the Broadview edition of Caleb Williams] (1797); William Godwin, Things as They Are; or, The Adventures of Caleb Williams (1794): Volume I (pp. 57-175)

February 19: Caleb Williams: Volume II (pp. 179-294)

February 21: Caleb Williams: Volume III (pp. 297-434); William Godwin, Original Manuscript Ending of the Novel from Caleb Williams: Appendix A.1 of the Broadview edition of Caleb Williams

February 26: Samuel Taylor Coleridge, from Biographia Literaria (1817): Chapter XIV; "Christabel" (1798 / p.1816)

February 28: Mary Wollstonecraft, Maria; or The Wrongs of Woman (1798)

Quiz 2

Unit III: Gothic Terror / Gothic Horror

March 4: Ann Radcliffe, The Italian; or, The Confessional of the Black Penitents: A Romance (1796): pp 1-120

Essay 1 Due in class

March 6: The Italian: pp 121-240

March 11: The Italian: pp 240-360

March 13: The Italian: pp 360-end

March 18: Spring Break

March 20: Spring Break

March 25: Matthew Lewis, The Monk: A Romance (1796) Volume I (pp 33-131)

March 27: The Monk, Volume II (133-245)

April 1: The Monk, Volume III (247-end)

April 3: The Monk; Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, "The Character in the Veil: Imagery of the Surface in the Gothic Novel"

Quiz 3

Unit IV: Gothic Revisioning

April 8: Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights (1847): Chapter 1 through 11 (pp. 37-135)

Revision of Essay 1 Due in class: staple your revision to your original composition and commentary

April 10: Wuthering Heights, Chapter 12-23 (pp. 135-229)

April 15: Wuthering Heights, full text: Chapter 23-34 (pp. 229-312);

April 17: Wuthering Heights; Lord Byron, "She Walks in Beauty" (1815); "Darkness" (1816)

Quiz 4

April 22: Sigmund Freud, "The Uncanny" (1917) ; E.T.A. Hoffman, "The Sandman" (1817)

April 24: Neil Gaiman, The Sandman, Volume III: "Dream Country" (1989 / 1995); Sigmund Freud, from Five Lectures on Psycho-Analysis (1910): "On Dreams" (pp. 142-172 of The Freud Reader, Ed. Peter Gay)

Prospectus for Final Paper Due

April 29: Sofia Coppolla, The Virgin Suicides; Conclusion and Review

May 6: Final Papers are Due by 12pm at the English Office, Independence Hall 114.







Office & Office Hours

Independence 175B
by appointment

Course Location & Time

Quinn Hall 214
T/R 11 - 12:15pm

Required Texts

The Castle of Otranto and The Mysterious Mother. By Horace Walpole. Editor Frederick S. Frank. Broadview, 2003.
ISBN: 155111304X

Vathek with Episodes of Vathek. By William Beckford. Editor Kenneth W. Graham. Broadview, 2001.
ISBN: 1551112817

 Caleb Williams. By William Godwin. Editors Gary Handwerk and A.A. Markley. Broadview, 2000.
ISBN: 1551112493

The Italian. By Ann Radcliffe. Editor Robert Miles. Penguin, 2001.
ISBN: 0140437541

The Monk. By Matthew Lewis. Editors D.L. Macdonald and Kathleen SCherf. Broadview, 2004.
ISBN: 1551112272

Wuthering Heights. By Emily Brontë. Editor Beth Newman. Broadview, 2007.
ISBN: 1551115320

The Sandman, Volume 3: "Dream Country." By Neil Gaiman. Vertigo, 1991.
ISBN: 156389016X

The Virgin Suicides. Director Sofia Coppolla. With Danny DeVito and Kirsten Dunst. Paramount, 2000.

A Writer's Reference. By Diana Hacker. Bedford/St. Martin, 2003.
ISBN: 0312412622

Course Requirements

Participation (15%)
1 Short Essay (10%)
1 Revision (10%)
1 Long Essay (25%)
4 Quizzes (40%)