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romanticism and the sublime                                              csulosangeles
                                                                    english 560






Course Introduction
Longinus, "On the Sublime" (online) (focus on parts 1-35)

(Any edition of this text is fine. This text is also available in many anthologies, including the Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism, Adams' Critical Theory Since Plato, and Richter's The Critical Tradition.)

(Optional: Shaw, 1-26)


Burke, A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful (Parts I, II, III (Sections 6, 8, 9, 12-18, 27), IV (Sections 5, 9, 19, 22))
*Byron, Manfred
Secondary: Hertz, "A Reading of Longinus"
; Ferguson, "The Sublime of Edmund Burke, or The Bathos of Experience" from Solitude and the Sublime

(Optional: Shaw 48-71)


Lewis, The Monk
Secondary: Paulson, "Gothic Fiction and the French Revolution"



*Coleridge, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, "Christabel"
*Keats, "Lamia"
Secondary: Hogle, "Christabel as Gothic"; Swann, "
Literary Gentlemen and Lovely Ladies"

(Optional: Ferguson, "Coleridge and the Deluded Reader")


Austen, Northanger Abbey
Secondary: Hoeveler, "Vindicating Northanger Abbey: Mary Wollstonecraft, Jane Austen, and Gothic Feminism"

(Optional: Wollstonecraft, Maria; or The Wrongs of Woman (pdf); Jerinic, "In Defense of the Gothic: Rereading Northanger Abbey")


Kant, The Critique of Judgment (pp. 43-54 (§1-6), 61-66 (§9-11), 76-78 (§16), 86 (§19), 91-95, 97-126 (§23-29), 126-140)
*Coleridge, chapter 13 from Biographia Literaria,
Secondary: Ferguson, "Burke to Kant: A Judgment Outside Comparison" from Solitude and the Sublime  

Click here for notes on Kant's "Model of the Mind" (pdf file)

Click here for outline notes on Kant's Critique of Judgment (pdf file)

(Optional: Shaw 72-89; DeQuincey, "On Murder")


*Wordsworth, "There was a Boy," "Nutting," "Ode: Intimations of Immortality," "Resolution and Independence," "Elegaic Stanzas"
Wordsworth, "Ode to Lycoris" (handout)
*Shelley, "Mont Blanc"
Secondary: Keach, "[Mont Blanc]" from Shelley’s Style; Hitt, "Shelley's Unwriting of Mont Blanc"



Lyotard, "Answering the Question: What is Postmodernism?"

Shelley, selections from Prometheus Unbound (pdf file)
*Keats, The Fall of Hyperion

Secondary: Brinks,
"The Male Romantic Poet as Gothic Subject: Keats’s Hyperion and The Fall of Hyperion: A Dream."

(Optional: Shaw 120-130)  

Paper Proposal Due


Blake, "America: A Prophecy" and "Europe: A Prophecy"

(Bloom's notes on Blake's poems)
*Barbauld, Eighteen Hundred Eleven  

Annotated Bibliography Due


*Keats, "On First Looking Into Chapman’s Homer," "On Seeing the Elgin Marbles"
*Coleridge, "Frost at Midnight"

*Wordsworth, The Prelude (Books 1-6 excerpts in Longman)
Secondary: Hertz, "The Notion of Blockage in the Literature of the Sublime" from The End of the Line  



*Wordsworth, The Prelude (Books 7-13 excerpts in Longman)

Term Paper Due

* Text found in Longman Anthology.

romanticism and the sublime                                              csulosangeles
                                                                    english 560