ENG 350 SENIOR SEMINAR
KEATS at 200: ARCHIVES & AFTERLIVES
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September 1: Why Keats?
Syllabus & Introductions: Why Keats? 200 Years Out
Archives & Afterlives
New Criticism, Historicism, and the Material Text | Scansion
Keats, "Ode on a Grecian Urn" (358), "On First Looking into Chapman's Homer" (5-8), "I stood tip-toe" (14)
Setpember 9: the Sonnets & Sonnet Contests | Scansion
Written on the Day that Mr. Leigh Hunt left Prison (25)
To a Friend who sent me some Roses (27)
To my Brothers (27)
On the Grasshopper and the Cricket (31)
The Sonnet-Contest (31)
On Seeing the Elgin Marbles (47)
On the Sea (58)
Sonnet to a Cat (132)
Letter to George and Tom Keats, 23 and 24 January 1818 - On sitting down to read King Lear once again (90-93)
September 15: The Odes
Basic scansion quiz! Practice online at For Better or for Verse.
Please post your group's sonnet on our Academic Commons page.
Incipit altera Sonneta (254-255)
The Odes of 1819: (353-271): Ode to a Nightingale, Ode on a Grecian Urn, Ode to Psyche, Fancy, To Autumn, Ode on Melancholy
*Susan Wolfson, On Reading John Keats, pp. 87-108 and 130-135
We will write a sample poetry paper together in class.
October 6: Gothic romances
The Eve of St. Agnes (318-353)
La Belle Dame Sans Mercy (419-422)
Isabella; or, The Pot of Basil (312-337)
*Susan Wolfson, On Reading John Keats, pp. 50-57, 72-86 and 109-122
october 7 (Saturday): romantic bicentennialS event at fordham university
The Emergence of Keats as a Poet (information here)
1:00-2:30 pm Panel on Keats's 1817 Volume: Jonathan Mulrooney, Brian Rejak, and Duncan Wu
2:45-4:15 pm Roundtable on Keats's Afterlives: Grant Scott, Chris Miller, james Nacarina, Suzanne Barnett, and Ann Rowland
4:45-6:15 pm Plenary Conversation: Keats's Life and Writings: Susan Wolfson and Stan Plumly
Please attend any (or more!) of the three panels.
October 13: No class
Read the assigned chapters of the Roe biography and write a polished 3-paragraph summary, coordinating with your partner to avoid repetition. Post to CUNY Academic Commons page.
Find an article on Romantic Circles and write up a short summary post on our Academic Commons page. Be sure to include bibliographic information.
October 20: Reviews & Letters | Shelley, Hunt, and the COckney school
Letter to Benjamin Bailey, 8 October 1817 (60-2)
Letters surrounding the Quarrels and the Cockney School of Poetry (62-73)
Letter to George and Tom Keats, 21 December 1817. Negative Capability (76-78)
Letter to J.H. Reynolds, 3 May 1818. Dark passages (126-131)
Letter to Fanny Keats, 2-5 July 1818 (186)
Letter to George and Georgiana Keats, 14-31 October 1818(207-213)
Letter to Richard Woodhouse, 27 October 1818. Camelion poet (213-215)
Letter to George and Georgiana Keats, 14 February-3 May 1819. Vale of soul-making (237-255)
Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine, August 1818, 519-24 (193-199)
october 27: endings & Obituaries | Database reseArch & THe Harvard Keats ARchive
Letter to Fanny Brawne, before 12 August 1820 (423-424)
Letters to and from Shelley and Brown (424-429 )
Last Letters (430-433)
Keats’ Last Sonnet: “Bright Star” (429-430)
Percy Shelley, Adonais
This Living Hand (in class)
Look up obituaries, Harvard Keats Archive, and Romantic Circles
Read “About this Edition” and “Introduction” of Longman Keats for paper topics.
*Chapter 10 of Susan Wolfson, On Reading John Keats (136-147)
November 3: trip to NYPL Pforzheimer & Berg Collections
november 10: trip to NYU Fales collection
November 17: Midterm poetry recitations | Critical Companion Essay ANalysis
november 21 (tuesday): conferences
Final paper and digital project topic proposals due.