English 224: Romanticism, Victorianism, & Modernism

Office: Mears 315 PBX 3655
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Office hours: Tuesday 2- 4, Thursday 1:15 - 3:15 and by appointment.

Reading Lists

Wordsworth : Keats : Shelley : Tennyson : Rossetti


Bermingham, Ann. Landscape and ideology : the English rustic tradition, 1740-1860 Berkeley : University of California Press, c1986

Fletcher, Pauline and Murphy, John. Wordsworth in Context. Lewisburg, PA: Bucknell U Press, 1992.

Brennan, Matthew, Wordsworth, Turner and romantic landscape : a study of the traditions of the picturesque and the sublime  Columbia, S.C. : Camden House, c1987

McGann, Jerome J. The Romantic Ideology: A Critical Investigation. Chicago: U of Chicago Press, 1983

Miall, David S. “Locating Wordsworth: “Tintern Abbey” and the Community with Nature.” In Romanticism on the Net (November 2000).  http://www.ualberta.ca/~dmiall/tinternl.htm

Johnston, Kenneth, “The Politics of Tintern Abbey” in The Wordsworth Circle 14 (1983): 6-14.  also in Romantic poetry : recent revisionary criticism  edited by Karl Kroeber and Gene W. Ruoff.  New Brunswick, N.J : Rutgers University Press, c1993.  on reserve

Levinson, Marjorie. Wordsworth’s Great Period Poems: Four Essay. Cambridge: Cambridge U Press, 1986.

Waldoff, Leon. Wordsworth in His Major Lyrics: The Art and Psychology of Self-Representation. Columbia: U of Missouri Press, 2001.


The Cambridge Companion to John Keats. Ed Susan Wolfson. Cambridge, Univ Press, 2001

Helen Vendler, The Odes of John Keats.  Cambridge, Mass: Harvard Univ Press, 1983

Brooks, Cleanth. "Keats's Sylvan Historian: History Without Footnotes" (1944); rpt. The Well Wrought Urn: Studies in the Structure of Poetry (1947); New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1975. 151-66.

McGann, Jerome J. "Keats and the Historical Method in Literary Criticism." (MLQ 1979); rpt. The Beauty of Inflections: Literary Investigations in Historical Method & Theory (1985); Oxford: Clarendon P, 1988. 9-65.

Scott, Grant F. The Sculpted Word: Keats, Ekphrasis, and the Visual Arts. Hanover: UP of New Hampshire, 1994.

Sperry, Stuart M. "Romantic Irony: The Great Odes of the Spring." Keats the Poet. Princeton: Princeton UP, 1973. Esp. sections I (242-49) and III (261-67).

Stewart, Garrett. "Keats and Language." The Cambridge Companion to John Keats. Ed. Susan J. Wolfson. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 135-51.

Stillinger, Jack. "Who Says What to Whom at the End of Ode on a Grecian Urn?" PMLA 73 (1958): 447-78; rpt. "The Hoodwinking of Madeline" and Other Essays on Keats's Poems. Urbana: U of Illinois P, 1971. 167-73.

Wolfson, Susan J. "The Odes: Reader as Questioner." The Questioning Presence: Wordsworth, Keats, and the Interrogative Mode in Romantic Poetry. Ithaca: Cornell UP, 1986. Esp. 301-5 and 317-28.

Reading list for Shelley’s Prometheus Unbound

Simon Haines, Shelley’s Poetry: The Divided Self.  Macmillan Press, 1997

Earl R. Wasserman, Shelley’s Prometheus Unbound: A Critical Reading. The Johns Hopkins Press, 1965.

Lawrence John Zillman ed. Shelley’s Prometheus Unbound  A Variorum edition. Univ of Washington Press, 1959.

Michael Henry Scrivener, Radical Shelley: The Philosophical Anarchism and Utopian Thought of Percy Bysshe Shelley.  Princeton Univ Press, 1982


Byron, Glennis.  Dramatic monologue. London ; New York : Routledge, 2003

Harrison, Antony H. Victorian poets and the politics of culture : discourse and ideology Charlottesville : University Press of Virginia, 1998

Kruger, Kathryn Sullivan.Weaving the word : the metaphorics of weaving and female textual production.  Selinsgrove, PA : Susquehanna University Press ; London : Associated University Presses, c2001

Christina Rossetti’s “Goblin Market”

Arseneau, Mary, Antony H. Harrison, and Lorraine Janzen ed. The Culture of Christina Rossett: female poetics and Victorian contexts.  Athens: Ohio University Press, 1999.

Grass, Sean C. "Nature's Perilous Variety in Rossetti's 'Goblin Market'." Nineteenth-Century Literature, 51:3 (1996 Dec), pp. 356-76.

Kent, David A. ed. The Achievement of Christina Rossetti.  Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 1987

Menke, Richard. “The Political Economy of Fruit: Goblin Market” in . The Culture of Christina Rossett: female poetics and Victorian contexts.

Michie, Helena. "'There Is No Friend Like a Sister': Sisterhood as Sexual Difference." ELH, 56:2 (1989 Summer), pp. 401-21.

Tucker, Herbert F. "Rossetti's Goblin Marketing: Sweet to Tongue and Sound to Eye." Representations, 82 (2003 Spring), pp. 117-33.