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Weekly Presentations

At our first meeting, we will determine a presentation schedule for the remainder of the quarter. Each week, from the second to the tenth, presenters (one, two, or three per week) will offer short (ten minute) presentations on the following topics:

4/5 A. Kramer--Burke's Reflections on the French Revolution
Paine's The Rights of Man
The Sedition Trials of the 1790s (historical)
4/12 Female Conduct Guides (historical)
Wollstonecraft's Vindication of the Rights of Woman
A. Encinas--Blake's Visions of the Daughters of Albion
4/19 J. Adachi--Surveillance and the Fear of Invasion (historical)
Equiano's Interesting Narrative
S. Cheney-Rice--Yearsley’s A Poem on the Inhumanity of the Slave Trade (complete)
4/26 T. Donoyan--Wordsworth's "Preface" to Lyrical Ballads

5/3 Aram Pirjamian--1797 Navy Mutinies (historical)
L. Perez
--Coleridge's The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

5/10 G. Broussard--Barbauld's "Sins of Government, Sins of the Nation"
J. Holderness--Wordsworth's "The Happy Warrior" and "Laodamia"

5/17 C. Kennison--The Duke of Wellington (historical)
L. Brown
--Kipling's "The Janeites": Reading Austen in Wartime
S. Goldasich--Austen's Politics (in a novel other than Persuasion)
5/24 J. Hardwick--Shelley's The Mask of Anarchy
K. Plumtree--Representations of Waterloo (consider Vanity Fair or War and Peace or suggest an alternative)

5/31 L. Jeffers--The Six Acts (historical)
K. McDermott--The Byronic Hero (see the section in the Longman and ask me)

Presenters will examine subjects in greater detail than the rest of the class and then prepare a short presentation and handout. Some presentations are historical and/or biographical in nature. Some expand upon a short reading selection that the entire class will have read, and so require the presenter to read more extensively in the primary source. Others focus on reading that the class will not prepare, and so require the presenter to provide an overview and contextualization of the text. 

Presenters are encouraged to discuss their presentations with me well in advance of their presentation. (Of course, those volunteering to present in the first two weeks will benefit from my reciprocal kindness.)


Two papers will be due during the term.

Adobe Acrobat icon First Paper Assignment

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Last Update: 01/12/2016