Fall 2008

HUMS 640
Major English Poets: The Victorian Period

Weiner,Stephanie Kuduk

09/08/2008 - 12/12/2008
Tuesday 06:00 PM - 08:30 PM

Downey 100

This course provides an introduction to major poets and themes in English poetry of the Victorian period (1830s-1890s). We will focus on four writers--Robert Browning, Alfred Tennyson, Matthew Arnold, and Gerard Manley Hopkins--with additional readings from a range of other poets and prose writers. Central themes include the legacy of Romantic poetry and poetic theory; the changing relation between nature, observation, and poetry; the problem of the poetic "I"; the status of poetry in an urban, industrial, and imperial nation; and the wide range of approaches Victorian poets took to form and formal experimentation.

Sources to be studied include Works by Robert Browning, Alfred Tennyson, Matthew Arnold, Gerard Manley Hopkins, and others including Christina Rossetti, Arthur Hugh Clough, Walter Pater, John Stuart Mill, and John Ruskin.

Grading will be based on four papers (5-6 pages each) and class participation.

A syllabus for this course is available at:
Course Syllabus

Stephanie Weiner (B.A., University of Minnesota; Ph.D., Stanford University) is associate professor of English. In 2010 she was awarded the Binswanger Prize for Excellence in teaching. She teaches courses in nineteenth-century British literature and culture, romantic and Victorian poetry, aesthetics and art history, and poetry and poetics. She is the author of Republican Politics and English Poetry, 1789-1874 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005), and Clare's Lyric: John Clare and Three Modern Poets (Oxford University Press, forthcoming). Click here for more information about Stephanie Weiner.


Consent of Instructor Required: No

Format: Seminar

Level: GLSP Credits: 3 Enrollment Limit: 18

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