Honors E110: Imagination and Society

Texts:    Oxford Anthology of English Literature: Romantic Poetry and Prose, eds. Harold Bloom and Lionel Trilling
               Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility
               Charles Dickens, Hard Times
               Sigmund Freud, Civilization and its Discontents
               Sinclair Lewis, Babbitt
               George Orwell, 1984
               Toni Morrison, Song of Solomon

9/1:    Introduction to Course: What is imagination?

9/3:    Wordsworth, "Ode: Intimations of Immortality . . ."; Percy Shelley, "Defence of Poetry"

9/8:    Coleridge, "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner," "Kubla Khan"

9/10:  Wordsworth, "Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey," "The Ruined Cottage," "The World is Too Much With Us," "Expostulation and Reply,"   "The Tables Turned"

9/15:    Coleridge: "Christabel," "Frost at Midnight," "Dejection: An Ode"

9/17:    Blake: "The Marriage of Heaven and Hell"

9/22:    Blake: "Songs of Innocence," "Songs of Experience"

9/24:    Keats: "The Eve of St. Agnes," "Ode on Indolence," "Ode to Psyche"  (*PAPER 1 DUE*)

9/29:    Keats: "Ode to a Nightingale," "Ode on a Grecian Urn," "To Autumn"

10/1:    Byron: "The Prisoner of Chillon"

10/6:    Byron: "Don Juan" Cantos 1, 3

10/8--10/13:    Austen: Sense and Sensibility

10/13--10/15:   Film: Sense and Sensibility

10/20--10/22:    Dickens: Hard Times

10/27:     Freud: Civilization and its Discontents (*PAPER 2 DUE*)

10/29:     Lewis: Babbitt

11/3:    ELECTION DAY; NO CLASS--vote for someone with a little imagination.

11/5:    Lewis: Babbitt

11/10--11/12:    Orwell: 1984

11/17--11/19:   Film: Brazil

11/24:    Morrison: Song of Solomon

*THANKSGIVING BREAK, WEDNESDAY 25 NOVEMBER--SUNDAY 29 NOVEMBER, NO CLASSES*

12/1:     Morrison: Song of Solomon

12/3:     FINAL ESSAY EXAM

12/8:    Film: Harvey--course evaluations, tearful goodbyes (*PAPER 3 DUE*)