E102C Victorian and Romantic Literature Syllabus, UC Irvine Spring 1997

Professor: Albert O. Wlecke. Assistant: Al Drake

Note: Students are expected to develop, on their own, an accurate reading knowledge of all the works given on this list -- whether or not they have been discussed in class. “Reading knowledge” means, at the very least, the ability to identify a particular passage by giving the exact title of the work in which that passage appears. Students are also responsible for the editorial material accompanying the texts in the Norton Anthology, the introductions to individual authors, relevant dates, and, of course, the general introductions to the Romantic and Victorian Periods as given in the Norton Anthology.


1. Introduction to the Romantic Period (Norton Anthology).

2. William Wordsworth.

Preface to Lyrical Ballads (1802) (as excerpted in Norton); Expostulation and Reply; The Tables Turned; Lines Composed a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey; Strange Fits of Passion Have I Known; She Dwelt among the Untrodden Ways; Three Years She Grew; A Slumber Did My Spirit Seal; Nutting; Michael; Resolution and Independence; I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud; Ode: Intimations of Immortality; Elegiac Stanzas; Composed upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802; The World Is Too Much with Us; Prospectus to The Recluse; The Prelude, or Growth of a Poet's Mind (Books I, II, and XIV -- as excerpted in Norton)

3. John Keats.

Letters (as excerpted in Norton); On First Looking into Chapman's Homer; Endymion: A Poetic Romance (as excerpted); On Sitting Down to Read King Lear Once Again; When I have fears that I may cease to be; The Eve of St. Agnes; Bright Star, would I were stedfast as thou art; La Belle Dame sans Merci: A Ballad; Ode to a Nightingale; Ode on a Grecian Urn; Ode on Melancholy; Lamia; To Autumn

Mid-Term Examination: May 5.


4. Introduction to the Victorian Age (Norton).

5. Thomas Carlyle. From Characteristics; from Sartor Resartus.

6. Matthew Arnold. The Buried Life; Dover Beach; Stanzas from the Grande Chartreuse; Preface to Poems (1853).

7. John Henry Newman. Apologia Pro Vita Sua, from Chapter 3. History of My Religious Opinions from 1839-1841; from Chapter 5. Position of My Mind Since 1845.

8. Alfred Tennyson. From In Memoriam A.H.H.

9. Gerard Manley Hopkins. God's Grandeur; The Starlight; As Kingfisher's Catch Fire; Spring; The Windhover; Hurrahing in Harvest; Spring and Fall; Carrion Comfort; I Wake and Feel the Fell of Dark, Not Day.