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Landscape and the Social Imaginary: Romantic Landscape and Cyberspace
ENGL 236 - Winter 2007,  Alan Liu

I. Romantic Landscape
Tue, 1/9
Class 1: Introduction

Readings Due:

Tue, 1/16
Class 2: The Idea of Locodescription

Readings Due:

  • William Wordsworth
  • John Denham, "Cooper's Hill" (1642) Reader
  • Alexander Pope, "Windsor Forest" (1713) Reader
  • James Thomson, "Celadon and Amelia" episode from "Summer" in The Seasons (1727) Online Reading Icon
  • Dorothy Wordsworth, from Grasmere Journals (1800-1802) Reader
  • Ernest Hemingway, "Big Two-Hearted River" Online Reading Icon

    Secondary Readings:
  • Alan Liu, "The Locodescriptive Moment," from Wordsworth: The Sense of History (1989), pp. 115-28 Reader
  • Edward S. Casey, Representing Place: Landscape Painting and Maps (2002), pp. 3-19 Reader
  • W. J. T. Mitchell, from "Imperial Landscape" (1994), pp. 5-21 Reader
  • Common Ground (England in Particular) Web site Online Reading Icon

Tue, 1/23
Class 3: The Problem of the Picturesque

Readings Due:

Tue, 1/30
Class 4: Wordsworth and Coleridge: Imagining Landscape

Readings Due:

  • William Wordsworth
    • The Ruined Cottage (1797-98)
    • Transcriptions from MS. B of Ruined Cottage: (a) beginning of poem; (b) drafts for a "moral addendum" Reader
    • "Lines Written a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey" (1798)
    • "The Two April Mornings" (1798-99)
  • Samuel Taylor Coleridge Online Reading Icon
  • Secondary Readings:
  • W. K. Wimsatt, Jr., "The Structure of Romantic Nature Imagery" (1954) (in Bloom; reread)
  • M. H. Abrams, "Structure and Style in the Greater Romantic Lyric" (1965) (in Bloom)
  • Geoffrey H. Hartman, "Wordsworth, Inscriptions, and Romantic Nature Poetry" (1965) Reader
  • Paul de Man, "Intentional Structure of the Romantic image" (1960) (in Bloom; translations of passages in French and German are in the reader)

Tue, 2/6
Class 5: "Possible Sublimity"

Readings Due:

  • Longinus, from Peri Hypsous (1st century A.D.) Reader (see also section 7 of Longinus)
  • Edmund Burke, from A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful (1757), Part I; Part II, Sections 1-9; Part 4, Sections 1-20 Reader
  • Immanuel Kant, from Critique of Judgment (1790) Reader
  • William Wordsworth
    • The Two-Part Prelude (1799) (also quickly read the 1805 Prelude, Books 1-2 and Book 11, ll. 257-388)
    • The Prelude (1805), Books 4-6 and Book 13, lines 1-122

  • Painters
  • Richard Wilson, The Destruction of Niobe's Children
  • John Martin, paintings

    Secondary Readings:
  • Thomas Weiskel, from The Romantic Sublime: Studies in the Structure and Psychology of Transcendence (1976), pp. xi-xv, 22-33 Reader

Tue, 2/13
Class 6: Constable

Readings Due:

Tue, 2/20
Class 7: Turner

Readings Due:

II. New Forms of Landscape
Tue, 2/27
Class 8: Contemporary Land Art

Readings Due:

Wed, 2/28

Assignment Due: Prospectus for Essay (posted to Course Online Forum by Feb. 28th)

Tue, 3/6
Class 9: Travels in Techno- and Cyberspace

Readings Due:

  • Albert Borgmann, Holding On to Reality: The Nature of Information at the Turn of the Millennium (1999), pp. 1-6, 24- 37 Reader
  • Walter Benjamin, "The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction" (1936) Online Reading Icon
  • Wolfgang Schivelbusch, The Railway Journey: The Industrialization of Time and Space in the 19th Century (1977), pp. 16-44, 52-63 Reader
  • Carlton Watkins, photographs of Yosemite (1860's) site 1 | site 2 Online Reading Icon; Edward S. Casey, Representing Place: Landscape Painting and Maps, pp. 20-23 Online Reading Icon (requires course login)
  • Rebecca Solnit, River of Shadows: Eadweard Muybridge and the Technological Wild West (2003), pp. 38-100 Reader
  • Jean Baudrillard, America (1986), pp. 1-11, 27-29, 56-57, 66-73 Reader
  • Sue Thomas, Hello World: Travels in Virtuality (2004), pp. 13-58, 227-66

Wed, 3/7

Assignment Due: Critique of Another Student's Essay Prospectus (posted to Course Online Forum by March 7th)

Tue, 3/13
Class 10: Virtual Landscape

Readings Due:

Thu, 3/15

Assignment Due: Essay (10-12 pp., due March 15th in instructor's mailbox)

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