Reading Schedule

Week 1           Introduction – Eighteenth-Century Media Landscapes
First page of Pope’s manuscript for “Essay on Criticism” (PDF [Minerva access req’d])
Pope, The Dunciad Variorum (selections) (PDF [Minerva access req’d] and web [open])

Week 2           From Manuscript to Print
Bradstreet, selected poems (web [open])
(Focus on “The Author to Her Book,” “Contemplations,” “In Honour of That High and Mighty Princess, Queen Elizabeth,” “To Her Father With Some Verses,” “To My Dear and Loving Husband,” “The Vanity of All Worldly Things,” and “Verses upon the Burning of Our House, July 18th, 1666”)
Bradstreet, The Tenth Muse (web [EEBO access req’d])
(Read the prefatory and dedicatory material [image no.s 1-9] and look at “In Honour of that High and Mighty Princess” [image no.s 108-110] in the context of an entire section of “Elegies, and Epitaphs” [image no.s 104-111])

Week 3           Drama: Script, Performance, Print
Fielding, The Author’s Farce (web [open])
The eighteenth-century stage (web: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 [all open])

Week 4           Poetry and Song I
Finch, “To the Nightingale” (PDF [Minerva access req’d])
Cowper, “To the Nightingale, Which the Author Heard Sing on New Year’s Day” (web [open])
Keats, “Ode to a Nightingale” (PDF [Minerva access req’d])

Week 5           Poetry and Song II
Dryden, “Song for St Cecilia’s Day” and “Alexander’s Feast” (PDF [Minerva access req’d])
Pope, “Ode on St Cecilia’s Day” (PDF [Minerva access req’d])
Vauxhall and Ranelagh Gardens (web: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 [all open] | 6 [ARTstor access req’d])

Week 6           Poetry and Song III
Popular ballads, 17th & 18th centuries (web: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 [open])
Songs and ballads by Ramsay ( 1 | 2 ), Fergusson, Baillie, Burns, Scott, and from Percy’s Reliques (all PDF [Minerva access req’d]), Lady Grisell Baillie (web [open]), and Lady Nairne (web: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 [all open])

Week 7           The Sister Arts I
Pope, Windsor-Forest and “Epistle to Burlington” (PDF [Minerva access req’d])
Pope’s villa, grotto, and garden (web: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 [all open])

Week 8           The Sister Arts II
W. Wordsworth, “Tintern Abbey” (PDF [Minerva access req’d])
D. Wordsworth, “Grasmere – A Fragment” and selections from the Grasmere journals (PDF [Minerva access req’d])
Paintings by Constable (selections) (web: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 [ARTstor access req’d])
Additional visual materials (web: 1 | 2 | 3 [all open])

Week 9           Book and Image I
Thomson, The Seasons (selections) (handouts in class)
Jung, “Visual Interpretations, Print, and Illustrations of Thomson’s The Seasons, 1730 – 1797” Eighteenth-Century Life 34.2 (2010): 23-64 (PDF [Minerva access req’d])

Week 10         Book and Image II
Blake, Songs of Innocence and Experience (selections) (web [open])
(Focus on the title pages and frontispieces as well as on the following poems: in SoI, “Introduction,” “The Lamb,” “The Chimney Sweeper,” “The Divine Image,” “The Little Boy Lost,” and “The Little Boy Found” – in SoE, “Introduction,” “The Tyger,” “London,” “The Human Abstract,” “The Little Girl Lost,” “The Little Girl Found,” and “The Chimney Sweeper”)

Week 11         The Media Event
Richardson, Pamela (book)
Fielding, Shamela (web [ECCO access req’d])
The material culture of the Pamela craze (web [open])
Book illustrations (web: 1 | 2 [open])
Highmore’s Pamela paintings (web: 1 | 2 | 3 [all open] 4 | 5 [ARTstor access req’d])
Richardsoniana (web: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 [all open])

Week 12         Abolitionist Media Landscapes
Abolitionist poetry by Blake (web [open]), Newton, Cowper, More and Smith, and Southey (PDF [Minerva access req’d])
Visual materials (web: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 [all open])

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