English 521: Schedule

August 26 Introductions


NASSR Program

Slide Show - Romanticism, Science, Exploration

Banks's Letters

Wordsworth Prelude Book 7and Keats, "Chapman's Homer"

Class syllabus

September 2

Annotations: come to class with you one-page, single-spaced annotation. Be ready to read or summarize your paper in class. Turn in an electronic copy to me right after class.

The South Seas, Omai, Cook, Banks

Come to class having read:

Assigned pages from summary of Joseph Banks's letters (handout given in class)

"Sir Joseph Banks and His Networks" from Literature, Science and Exploration, Fulford, Lee & Kitson*

"Cycles of Accumulation, Aesthetics of Curiosity, and Temporal Exchange" from Curiosity and the Aesthetics of Travel Writing, 1770-1840, Nigel Leask*

Essays on the South Seas:

"The Cult of the South Seas"

"The Art of Ventriloquism"

"Omai's Things"

Advertisement to Lyrical Ballads (1798) or, read it in hard copy in Duncan Wu's anthology Romanticism, pages 330-332

Preface to Lyrical Ballads (1802) or, read it in hard copy in Duncan Wu's anthology Romanticism, pages 495-507

Come to class having thought about: What do the summary of Joseph Banks's letters tell you about science, exploration, and empire during the time? What is the relationship between curiosity or wonder and appropriation--think about this question in general terms as well as in terms of 18th- and 19th-century travel? Compare and contrast the cultural contact in the stories of Joseph Banks's visit to Tahiti and Omai's to Britain. What is an experiment? How is Lyrical Ballads an experiment? How does the term "experiment" differ in the humanities and the sciences?


*Skim where warranted

September 9


Meet in MASC (bottom floor of Holland Library) at 2:50 for Travel Text Tour with Trevor Bond.

The Sublime and the Poles

Edmund Burke, A Philosophical Inquiry into the Origin of Our Ideas of The Sublime and Beautiful. Read excerpts from handout. Or, read the entire thing on Bartleby.

Shelley, Journal Letter from Percy Bysshe Shelley to Thomas Love Peacock, 22 July to 2 August 1816, page 1073 in Wu.

Shelley, "Mont Blanc" page 1075 in Wu.

Mary Shelley, Frankenstein

The Poles (Phipps and Parry)*

Pico Iyer, "Why We Travel"

Peter J. Kitson "Of Ice and Imagination"

Come to class having thought about: Political sublime, aesthetic sublime, colonial sublime, romantic sublime, accelerated sublime: these and many other phrases have been coined by critics and theorists riffing off of Edmund Burke. Use online and print sources (like this one, for example, although the sources don't necessarily have to be this hair-splitting and theoretical) to find out what uses Burke's sublime has been put to, and bring your notes to class. What is your own definition of the sublime after reading Burke and what applications of his work do you see? What is the relationship of the sublime to travel literature of the period? To the literary texts? To science? To curiosity/wonder? To exploitation/appropriation? How do you match Iyer's assumptions about travel with what you know about 18th- and early 19th-century travel, scientific or otherwise?


*Skim where warranted

September 16


Slavery, Travel, and Romantic Medicine

Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Rime of Ancient Mariner page 684 in Wu.

Robert Southey, "The Sailor Who Had Served in the Slave Trade" page 732 in Wu.

Matthew Gregory "Monk" Lewis, Journal of a West Indian Proprietor and Slave Complaints of Demerara and Berbice*

Alan Bewell, from Romanticism and Colonial Disease*

Julia Kristeva, from Strangers To Ourselves* (optional)

John Gabriel Stedman, from Narrative of a Five Years' Expedition Against the Revolted Negroes of Surinam*

William Blake, Visions of the Daughters of Albion page 217 in Wu. Also view the plates on the William Blake Archive

Come to class having thought about: What is the relationship between travel and disease? How is disease and sickness talked about in colonial narratives (Monk Lewis and the Slave Complaints)? What happens to the representation of disease when it's imported into poetic form, such as Coleridge's Rime of the Ancient Mariner? What is Blake's Visions of the Daughters of Albion about? How does the interpretation of the poem change in light of the engravings he did for John Gabriel Stedman's Narrative?


*Skim where warranted

September 23


No Class. Use the time to plan your collaborative presentation and meet with me in presentation groups (see class handout)

September 30


Ecology, The environment and the Weather

Presenters: Aaron Moe, David Tagnani, Susan Duba

William Wordsworth, from Guide to the Lakes* and selected short lyrics

William Wordsworth, "The Ruined Cottage" page 422 in Wu

John Keats, "To Autumn" page 1419 in Wu

Lord Byron, "Darkness" page 894 in Wu

John Clare, selected poems

Robert Burns, "To a Mouse, on turning her up in her nest, with the plough" page 268 in Wu

Anna Barbauld "Rights of Woman" page 41 in Wu

Critical Readings from Jonathon Bate, Kevin Hutchings, and Karla Armbruster


*Skim where warranted

October 7


Pseudo-Sciences: Crainology, Comparative Anatomy and Galvanism

Presenters: Joelle Moen, Mike Hilbert, Karin Gresham

William Blake, "The Little Black Boy" page 181 in Wu

Mary Shelley, Frankenstein

William Wordsworth, "Complaint of the Forsaken Indian Woman," page 403 in Wu

Felicia Hemans, "Indian Woman's Death Song" page 1286 in Wu

Humphrey Davy from Outline of a View of Galvanism (read pages 188-190, 207-209, and 221-228)

Gilbert White from An Account of the Regular Gradation in Man* (read all pages EXCEPT 249-55)

Johann Friedrich Blumenbach from On Natural Variety of Mankind*

Critical readings:
Iwan Rhys Morus, "Radicals, romantics and electrical showmen: placing galvanism at the end of the english enlightenment"

Sander Gilman, "Black Bodies, White Bodies: Toward an Iconography of Female Sexuality in Late Ninetenth-Century Art, medicine, and Literature"

Armstrong, Meg. “’The Effects of Blackness’: Gender, Race, and the Sublime in Aesthetic Theories of Burke and Kant.” The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 54.3 (1996): 213-236. Print.

Juengel, Scott. "Countenancing History: Mary Wollstonecraft, Samuel Stanhope Smith, and Enlightenment Racial Science." ELH, 68.4 (2001): 897-927. Print. (read pages 201-209)

*Skim where warranted

October 14


disease, Medicine, and the Professionalization of science

Presenters: Megan McGrath, Kyle Thomas, Devon Bailey

Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "Cholera Cured Before-Hand"

William Wordsworth, "The Discharged Soldier" page 418 in Wu

Thomas DeQuincey, from Confessions of an English Opium Eater ("The Malay," "The Pains of Opium," "The Pains of Opium: Visions of Piranesi," "Oriental Dreams" pages 812-818 in Wu

Selection from James Lind, Essay on Diseases Incidental to Europeans in Hot Climates pages 49-52. (If you're interested in Lind's entire essay, you can view it here.)

Selection from Edward Jenner, An Inquiry into the Causes and Effect of the Variolae Vaccinae* (focus on the Introduction, Case IX, Case XVI and plate, Case XVIII and plate, Case XX and plate, Case XXII and skim the Conclusion)

Robert Bloomfield, "Good News, or Tidings from the Farm" (in Bloomfield, Robert. "Good Tidings, Or News from the Farm." The Poems of Robert Bloomfield in Three Volumes. Vol. I. London: Baldwin, Cradock, & Joy, 1827. 105-25. Print.)

William Hogarth, A Harlot's Progress (6 plates)

William Blake, "London," page 199 in Wu

Critical readings:
Lee, Debbie, and Tim Fulford. "The Beast Within: The Imperial Legacy of Vaccination in History and Literature." Literature and History 9.1 (2000): 1-23. Print.

Introduction in Alan Bewell's book, Romanticism and Colonial Disease.


*Skim where warranted

October 21


No Class.

October 28

No Annotations

No Class (Class will be held Nov 1-3 in MASC. See below)

November 1-3

MASC Travel Text Talks and Paper DUE

  • Be sure to call your book up from MASC for use/display/visual aid BEFORE the class begins (you may have to do this the day before your talk). You may make handouts or outlines to accompany your talk, although this is not required.

  • Present your research to the class in 15 minutes and leave 5 minutes for questions. This means you should practice BEFORE so that you have a coherent, meaningful talk without needing to go overtime. (I will stop you if you go overtime in order to be considerate and allow enough time for all.)

  • All classes meet in the MASC conference room. (FYI, Trevor will be attending many of your talks.)

  • Feel free to attend any of the other talks if you are available, although this is not required.

  • Send me your paper in an email by the end of the day on which you present.

View evaluation of a previous class presentation here. Example of a previous paper (although this is just one of many formats you can use).

Monday, November 1, 9:00-11:15
-Joelle Moen, Stephens, John L. Incidents of Travel in central America, Chiapas, and Yucatan. 2 vols. New York: Harper, 1841. Print.
-Scott Offutt, Barrow, Sir John. Travels in China, containing Descriptions, Observations, and Comparisons, Made and Collected in the Course of a Short Residence at the Imperial Palace of Yuen-Min-Yuen, and on a Subsequent Journey through the Country from Pekin to Canton, in Which It Is Attempted to Appreciate the Rank that This Extraordinary Empire may be Considered to Hold in the Scale of Civilized Nations. Second Edition.  London: Cadell and Davies, 1806. Print.
-Mike Hilbert, Chandless, William. A Visit to Salt Lake; Being a Journey Across the Plains and a Residence in the Mormon Settlements at Utah. London: Smith, Elder, and Co., 1857. Print.
-Devon Bailey, A Diary of the Wreck of His Majesty's Ship Challenger, on the Western Coast of South America, in May, 1835: With an Account of the Subsequent Encampment of the Officers and Crew, During a Period of Seven Weeks, on the South Coast of Chili. London: Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, Green, & Longman, 1836. Print.
-Stephanie Lyells, de Smet, Pierre-Jean. Letters and sketches: with a narrative of a year's residence among the Indian tribes of the Rocky mountains. Philadelphia: M. Fithian, 1843.
-Jacob Hughes, Kane, Elisha Kent. Arctic Explorations: the Second Grinnell Expedition in Search of Sir John Franklin, 1853, '54, '55 by Elisha Kent Kane. Vol. 1 Philadelphia: Childs and Peterson; London: Trubner and Co. 1856.

Tuesday, November 2, 3:00-4:30
-Megan McGrath, Armstrong, Walter. The Thames From its Source to the Sea: Published in Two Volumes. London: J.S. Virtue and Co. Limited. 1886-1887..
-Daniela Miranda, Park, Mungo, Travels and recent discoveries, in the interior districts of Africa, in the years 1796 & '97. New-York: Printed by M. M'Farlane, no. 29 Gold-Street, for Alexander Brodie., 1801.
-Susan Duba, Shields, G. O. Cruising in the Cascades: A Narrative of Travel, Exploration, Amateur Photography, Hunting, and Fishing. Chicago: Rand, McNally &, 1889. Print.
-Erica Olsen, Scott, John. Paris revisited, in 1815, by way of Brussels : including a walk over the field of battle at Waterloo. London : Printed for Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, by A. Straham, 1816. Edition 3rd ed.

Wednesday, November 3, 1:00-3:00
-Jenna Leeds, (Yellowbacks and traveling literature) Austen, Jane. Sense and Sensibility. London: Routledge & Co, 1849. Print.
-Aaron Moe, Abbot, Henry L., and R. S. Williamson. Explorations for a Railroad Route from the Sacramento Valley to the Columbia River:  [From]  Reports of Explorations and Surveys to Ascertain the Most Practicable and Economical Route for a Railroad from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean. Vol. 6.  Washington D. C.: Beverley Tucker, 1857. 12 vols. Print.
-Kyle Thomas, Victor, Mrs. Frances Fuller. Atlantis Arisen. Philadelphia: JB Lippincott Company, 1891. Or Moseley, Henry. Oregon: Its Resources, Climate, People, and Productions. 1878.
-Dave Tagnani, Winthrop, Theodore. The Canoe and the Saddle. 6th ed. Boston: Ticknor & Fields, 1863.
-Karin Meindl, Ellis, William. An Authentic Narrative of a Voyage. London: G. Robinson, J. Sewell, and J. Debrett, 1780. Print.

November 4


Chemistry, electricity, hybridity and sexuality

Presenters: Jacob Hughes, Scott Offutt, Jenna Leeds

Mary Shelley, Frankenstein

Jane Austen, Emma

From Giovanni Aldini, An Account of the Late Improvements in Galvanism, with a series of curious and interesting experiments . . . ; to which is added an Appendix, containing the Author's experiments on the body of a malefactor executed at Newgate (London: Cuthell and Martin, 1803).

William Blake: Jerusalem The Emanation of the Giant Albion
Available at the Blake Digital Text Project: http://www.english.uga.edu/~nhilton/Blake/blaketxt1/jerusalem.html. Pages: frontispiece to 3, 53-58, 90-96. To locate a specific page, type the letter 'J' followed by the page number into the 'Find' bar.

William Blake: From On Reynolds's Works.

John Dalton: A New System of Chemical Philosophy
Available for free download as a PDF at http://www.archive.org/details/newsystemofchemi01daltuoft. Pages: 145-150, 211-220, 270-276.

Critcal Readings
Julie Joosten: "'Minute Particulars' and the Visionary Labor of Words."

Frank Greenaway, from "John Dalton and the Atom." Pages: 140-148.

Susan Stewart, from On Longing: Narratives of the Miniature, the Gigantic, the Souvenir, the Collection, pages 151-169. Or, read the entire chapter here.

Selections from S. Foster Damon's A Blake Dictionary. Pages: 9-13, 206-213, 246-254. To be read for help understanding Blake's Jerusalem only.

Iwan Rhys Morus, “The Right Arm of God: Electricity and the Experimental Production of Life” from Frankenstein’s Children: Electricity, Exhibition and Experiment in Early Nineteenth-Century London*

Susan Tyler Hitchcock, “Introduction” from Frankenstein: A Cultural History*



November 11 Veteran’s Day

No Annotations

No Class

November 18

No Annotations

Visual Science: Cartography, Art and scientific illustrations

Presenters: Stephanie Lyells, Daniela Miranda, Erica Olson

Goethe, from Italian Journey

Schiller, from Letters Upon The Aesthetic Education of Man

Byron, from Childe Harolds Pilgrimage

Keats, "Ode on a Grecian Urn" (p. 1397 in Wu)

J. Lord Stokes, from Discoveries in Australia: with an account of the coasts and rivers explored and surveyed during the voyage of H.M.S. Beagle, in the years 1837- 38- 39- 40- 41- 42- 43 by command of the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty, also a narrative of Captain Own Stanley's visits to the islands in the Arafura Sea. by J. Lord Stokes, Commander, R.N.

James Rennell, "Construction of the New Map of North Africa, etc." in Mungo Park, Travels in the Interior Districts of Africa*

Chapter XVIII of Mungo Park's Travels in the Interior Districts of Africa

Wordsworth poems, “Written with a Slate Pencil on a Stone” and “View from the Top of Black Comb

P.B. Shelley’s “Alastor; or, The Spirit of Solitude” in Wu, pp. 1053-1071

Critical Readings
Marc Fehlmann, "As Greek As It Gets: British Attempts to Recreate the Parthenon"

Carolyn Merchant, "Eve as Nature" from Reinventing Eden: the fate of nature in Western culture

Carolyn Merchant, "Reinventing Eden: Western Culture as a Recovery Narrative" from Uncommon ground: rethinking the human place in nature edited by William Cronon

John Pickles, "Maps and Worlds" from A History of Spaces: Cartographic Reason, Mapping and the Geo-Coded World. London: Routledge, 2004.



November 25 Thanksgiving

No Annotations

Draft of Seminar Paper Due via email to me and workshop members.

December 2

No Annotations

Small Group Workshops on Paper and Evaluations

Please comment on each paper in the following areas BEFORE the meeting:

-structure (does the argument proceed logically?)
-connections between texts clear
-historically contextualized
-missing sources
-entering the conversation
-textual evidence
-anything, from style to structure and word choice that is unclear

Workshop Groups, times, dates

Group 1, Thurs, December 2, 10:00-12:00 Meet in the Cafe in the basement of CUE

Megan, Joelle, Jenna, Dave

Access papers: Jenna | Dave | Megan | Joelle

Group 2, Thurs, December 2, 3:00-5:00 Meet in the Cafe in the basement of CUE

Aaron, Scott, Mike, Stephanie

Access papers: Aaron | Scott | Mike | Stephanie

Group 3, Tues, December 7, 3:00-5:00 Meet in the Cafe in the basement of CUE

Susan, Karin, Daniella, Jacob

Access papers: Karin | Jacob | Daniella | Susan

Group 4, Wed, December 8, 10:30-12:00 Meet in the Cafe in the basement of CUE

Erica, Kyle, Devon

Access papers: Kyle | Devon | Erica


Annotations DUE December 6: Hard Copy. Put in the box next to my office if I'm not there!

December 9: Conclusions

Final wrap up, gathering, and anthology signing @ Debbie's house in Moscow. 4-6pm. Spouses and partners and children welcome! All food and beverages will be provided.


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Seminar Paper DUE Wednesday December 15: email