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

Required Print Works

  • William Wordsworth: The Major Works, ed. Stephen Gill (Oxford UP, 2000)
  • William Wordsworth, The Prelude, 1799, 1805, 1850, ed. Jonathan Wordsworth, et al. (Norton, 1979)
  • Harold Bloom, ed., Romanticism and Consciousness: Essays in Criticism (Norton, 1970)
  • Sue Thomas, Hello World: Travels in Virtuality (Raw Nerve Books, 2004)
  • Course Reader (available at Alternative Copy shop)

    Note: read The Prelude in the Norton edition (our standard text of the poem for this class is the 1805 version)

Required Online Works (see links listed in context on the Schedule page)

Course Image Gallery

  • There is an online picture gallery for the course. Access to the images requires the class password for locked resources (to be supplied in class by the instructor).

Course Online Forum

Supplementary Resources

  • Constable
    • Artcyclopedia: Constable images on the Web <>
    • John Walker, John Constable (Harry N. Abrams, 1978) (Arts Library: ND497.C7 W34 Ref)
    • Leslie Parris and Ian Fleming-Williams, Constable (Cross River, 1991)
    • C. R. Leslie, Memoirs of the Life of John Constable (J. Lehmann, 1949) (Arts Library: ND497.C5 L4 1951)
    • Ronald Paulson, Literary Landscape: Turner and Constable (Yale Univ. Press, 1982)
  • Turner
    • Artcyclopedia: Turner images on the Web <>
    • Artchive: J. M. W. Turner <>
    • Turner: The First Impressionist (Ellen's Place) <>
    • John Walker, Joseph Mallord William Turner (Harry N. Abrams, 1976) (Arts Library: ND497 T8 W34)
    • Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J. M. W. Turner (Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, 1977) (Arts Library: ND497 T8 A4 1984)
    • Ronald Paulson, Literary Landscape: Turner and Constable (Yale Univ. Press, 1982)
  • Relevant Art History and Context
    • William Gaunt, Concise History of English Painting (Praeger, 1964) (Arts Library: ND461 G3)
    • Joseph Burke, English Art, 1714-1800, Oxford History of English Art (Oxford Univ. Press, 1976)
    • Ellis Waterhouse, Painting in Britain, 1530-1790, Pelican History of Art (Penguin, 1953)
    • Lorenz Eitner, Neoclassicism and Romanticism, Sources & Documents, 1750-1850, Vols. 1-2 (Prentice-Hall, 1970)
    • Harold Osborne, ed., The Oxford Companion to Art (Oxford Univ. Press, 1970)
    • John Barrell, The Dark Side of the Landscape: The Rural Poor in English Painting, 1730-1840 (Cambridge Univ. Press, 1980)
    • Marcel Röthlisberger, Claude Lorrain: The Paintings, 2 vols. (Yale Univ. Press, 1961) (Arts Library: ND553.G4 R6)
    • John Hayes, The Landscape Paintings of Thomas Gainsborough: A Critical Text and Catalogue Raisonné, 2 vols. (Cornell Univ. Press, 1982)
    • David H. Solkin, Richard Wilson: The Landscape of Reaction (Tate Gallery, 1982)
  • Aesthetic Theory
    • "The Grand Style" in 18th-Century British Aesthetics
      • Sir Joshua Reynolds, Discourses on Art, ed. Robert R. Wark (1959; rpt. Yale Univ. Press, 1975
    • The Picturesque
      • Stephen Copley and Peter Garside, ed., The Politics of the Picturesque: Literature, Landscape and Aesthetics Since 1770 (Cambridge Univ. Press, 1994)
      • Malcolm Andrews, The Search for the Picturesque (Stanford Univ. Press, 1989)
    • The Sublime
      • Samuel Holt Monk, The Sublime: A Study of Critical Theories in XVIII-Century England (MLA, 1935)
      • Neil Hertz, "The Notion of Blockage in the Literature of the Sublime," in hisThe End of the Line: Essays on Psychoanalysis and the Sublime (Columbia Univ. Press, 1985)
      • Frances Ferguson, Solitude and the Sublime: Romanticism and the Aesthetics of Individuation (Routledge, 1992)
      • Jean-François Lyotard, "The Interest of the Sublime," in Jean-François Courtine, et. al., Of the Sublime: Presence in Question, trans. Jeffrey S. Librett (State Univ. of New York Press, 1993)
    • Landscape and Garden Theory
    • Description vs. Narration
      • Svetlana Alpers, "Describe or Narrate? A Problem in Realistic Representation," New Literary History 8 (1976): 15-41
    • Verbal and Visual in Romanticism
      • Karl Kroeber and William Walling, ed., Images of Romanticism: Verbal and Visual Affinities (Yale Univ. Press, 1978)
  • Alternative Approaches to Landscape


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