NOTE: Whenever a writer is represented in both Lonsdale and Ashfield, you are responsible also for the poems in Ashfield on the date when the poems in Lonsdale are assigned. From at least the eighth week of the course, this double representation will be routinely the case.
Week 1 August 24 Introduction--Features and Genres of 18th Century Poetry. A reference "canon"
Week 2 August 31 The Rediscovery of Women--Discussion of Introductions to Lonsdale and Ashfield; poetry of Aphra Behn
Week 3 September 7 LABOR DAY. NO CLASS MEETING.
Week 4 September 14: Lonsdale, 1-53, especially Finch, Rowe.
Week 5 September 21: Lonsdale, 54-115, especially Montagu, Centlivre
Week 6 September 28: Lonsdale, 116-78, especially Pilkington, Carter, Collier. Selected Poems by Carter
Week 7 October 5: Lonsdale, 179-239, especially Mary Leapor, Mulso (Chapone) See also Lennox.
Week 8 October 12: Lonsdale, 240-319, especially Barbauld, Seward
Week 9 October 19: Lonsdale, 320-84, especially More, C. Smith
Week 10 October 26: Lonsdale, 385-428, especially Yearsley, H. M. Williams
Week 11 November 2: Lonsdale, 429-67, especially Joanna Baillie, Little
Week 12 November 9: Lonsdale, 480-end, especially Mary Robinson; Ashfield, new poets 1-82, especially Mary Hays.
Week 13 November 16: Ashfield, new poets pp. 89-199, especially Hemens; also Tighe and J. Taylor
Week 14 November 23: Ashfield, 200-266, especially Jewsbury, E. Bronte
Week 15 November 30 Conference: Formalist Approaches to Female British Poets of the Long Eighteenth Century
Week 16 December 7 Conference: Contextual Approaches to Female British Poets of the Long Eighteenth Century
Assignments and Grading
A portfolio is a collection of materials about a single author, which may or may not be given electronic form as a website. If you don't, I probably will.
Mary Wortley Montagu, by Eliezra Schaffzin
Mary Robinson, by Kristin Chancey
Joanna Baillie, by Allan Espano
Possible portfolio poets are those mentioned as "especially" to be considered on the reading list above. They have been selected as much because of availability of information as because of intrinsic interest. Select your portfolio poet ASAP--only one student may select each author. A website, or portfolio suitable for a website, should contain all of the following, plus whatever else you feel like including:
Everyone is expected to be present and prepared for all classes, barring illness and other emergencies. Each person is responsible for discussion at the class meeting in which his/her "portfolio" poet is to be examined, and each person must be the "second reader," the person prepared to ask questions and bring up points about the featured poets, at least once in the term. At every class meeting in which you are not the portfolio presenter or a second reader, you should prepare a brief analysis of one or more poems by one of the other authors read, either contextual or formalist in approach.