Letteratura inglese I-II LM 2012-13


Letteratura inglese I-II LM


Traditions and Revolutions in the Poetry of the Long Nineteenth Century
We shall read the complicated history of English poetry from the late eighteenth century to the mid-Victorian age. We shall be concerned with the impact of the French revolution and political radicalism upon the most famous writers of both the first and second generation of Romantic poets. Quite obviously, questions related with the figuration of time, history, art will lead us through many of the lyrical, but also the prose works which were to set standards for the poetical discourses and possibilities of the nineteenth century. The shadow of William Blake, of the classical tradition revisited in the eighteenth century, and of the so called graveyard poetry will also serve to lead us through the maze. Moreover, we shall try and see how and up to what level the practices (and theories) of the Grand Tour intermix with colonial and literally imperial agendas , and whether that mixture can and does correspond to E. Said’s formulation of the cultural categories of “orientalism”. Students will sit for an entry test, to verify their written skills and their knowledge of the history of literature. Lectures will be offered in English. Group seminars will be offered to volunteering, and therefore supposedly interested, students, with the intent of reading parts of the required critical works. Exams will be in English. Students must study all the texts in the bibliography and REMEMBER authors and titles. They will come to exams with their books, or with library books, if they can’t afford to buy primary texts.

Coleridge, S. T., DESTRUCTION OF THE BASTILE, Id. Christabel, Id. KUBLA KHAN: Or, A Vision in a Dream. A Fragment. Id. FRANCE: AN ODE Id. The Rime of an Ancient Mariner, from The Complete Poetical Works (1912)



Byron, G., Childe Harolde’s Pilgrimage (book IV) Id. Don Juan (canto III)

Keats, J., Ode on a Grecian Urn, Id. LAMIA, Id. XI. On first looking into Chapman’s Homer, Id. II ON SEEING THE ELGIN MARBLES, Id. LA BELLE DAME SANS MERCI

Critical works

1.T. Morton (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Shelley

1.Introduction by Timothy Morton pp. 1-14

2 – Receptions by Timothy Morton pp. 35-42

3 – The lyricist by Karen Weisman pp. 45-64

4 – The dramatist by Jeffrey N. Cox pp. 65-84

5 – The storyteller by Jack Donovan pp. 85-103

7 – The political poet by William Keach pp. 123-142

9 – Literature and philosophy  by Paul Hamilton pp. 166-184

2Lucy Newlyn (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Coleridge

Introduction by Lucy Newlyn pp. 1-14

2 – The ‘Conversation’ poems by Paul Magnuson pp. 32-44

3 – Slavery and superstition in the supernatural poems by Tim Fulford pp. 45-58

7 – The talker by Seamus Perry pp. 103-125

9 – The critic by Angela Esterhammer pp. 142-155

10 – Political thinker by Peter J. Kitson pp. 156-169

11 – The philosopher by Paul Hamilton pp. 170-186

13 – Gender by Julie Carlson pp. 203-216

14 – Symbol by James C. McKusick pp. 217-230

15 – Coleridge’s afterlife by John Beer pp. 231-24

  1. Stephen Gill (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Wordsworth

Introduction by Stephen Gill pp. 1-4

1 – Wordsworth: the shape of the poetic career  by Nicola Trott pp. 5-21

3 – Poetry 1798-1807  by James A. Butler pp. 38-54

5 – Wordsworth and The Recluse  by Kenneth R. Johnston pp. 70-89

6 – Wordsworth and the meaning of taste  by Frances Ferguson pp. 90-107

8 – Gender and domesticity  by Judith W. Page pp. 125-141

9 – The philosophic poet  by Stephen Gill pp. 142-160

10 – Wordsworth and Coleridge  by Seamus Perry pp. 161-179

11 – Wordsworth and the natural world  by Ralph Pite pp. 180-195

12 – Politics, history, and Wordsworth’s poems  by Nicholas Roe pp. 196-212

13 – Wordsworth and Romanticism  by Paul Hamilton pp. 213-229


  1. Susan J. Wolfson (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Keats

3 – Keats and the “Cockney School” by Duncan Wu pp. 37-52

4 – Lamia, Isabella, and The Eve of St. Agnes by Jeffrey N. Cox pp. 53-68

6 – Keats and the ode by Paul D. Sheats pp. 86-101

9 – Keats and language by Garrett Stewart pp. 135-151

10 – Keats’s sources, Keats’s allusions by Christopher Ricks pp. 152-169

11 – Keats and “ekphrasis” by Theresa M. Kelley pp. 170-185

12 – Keats and English poetry  by Greg Kucich pp. 186-202

13 – Byron reads Keats  by William C. Keach pp. 203-213

14 – Keats and the complexities of gender  by Anne K. Mellor pp. 214-229

16 – The “story” of Keats  by Jack Stillinger pp. 246-260

  1. Drummond Bone (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Byron

Introduction pp. 1-4

1 – Byron’s life and his biographers  by Paul Douglass pp. 7-26

3 – Byron’s politics by Malcolm Kelsall pp. 44-55

5 – Heroism and history by Philip W. Martin pp. 77-98

6 – Byron and the Eastern Mediterranean  by Nigel Leask pp. 99-117

14 – Byron and the eighteenth century  by Bernard Beatty pp. 236-248

15 – Byron’s European reception by Peter Cochran pp. 249-264


  1. James Chandler and Maureen N. McLane (eds), The Cambridge Companion to British Romantic Poetry

Introduction: The companionable forms of Romantic poetry  by James Chandler and Maureen N. McLane pp. 1-9

2 – Romantic poetry and antiquity by Nick Groom pp. 35-52

3 – Romantic meter and form by Susan Stewart pp. 53-75

4 – Romantic poetry and the standardization of English by Andrew Elfenbein pp. 76-97

6 – Romantic poetry and the romantic novel by Ann Weirda Rowland pp. 117-135

8 – Romantic poetry, sexuality, gender by Adriana Craciun pp. 155-177

9 – Poetry, peripheries and empire by Tim Fulford pp. 178-194

13 – Romantic poets and contemporary poetry  by Andrew Bennett pp. 263-27

Non-attending students (9 cfu)will add the following book (available in its printed version at the bau and online cambridge companions site):

The Cambridge companion to British romanticism / edited by Stuart Curran Cambridge; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1993 (whole text)

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