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The PhD Oral Examination

in the

Romantic Period

(updated 3-December-2007)

 

The student should choose a significant body of work for each of the forty authors chosen. While the student may quite reasonably emphasize one or another category – poetry in this period is a dominant genre, for example – at least four authors from each of the four categories must be selected. The selection of Academic Criticism – in which category the student should list some half-dozen titles – provides guidance about the current state of scholarly thought about the work of the period.

 

 

           POETRY

 

Letitia Barbauld         

Thomas Lovell Beddoes

William Blake

Robert Burns

George Gordon, Lord Byron

Thomas Campbell

John Clare

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

William Cowper

George Crabbe

Erasmus Darwin

Felicia Hemans

Leigh Hunt

John Keats

Letitia Elizabeth Landon

Walter Savage Landor

Thomas Moore

Hannah More

Mary Robinson

Walter Scott

Percy Bysshe Shelley

Charlotte Smith

Robert Southey

Mary Tighe

William Wordsworth

 

 

 

 

 

          FICTION

Jane Austen

Robert Bage

Fanny Burney

Charlotte Dacre

Maria Edgeworth

John Galt

William Godwin

Mary Hays

James Hogg

Elizabeth Inchbald

Lady Caroline Lamb

M. G. Lewis

Hannah More

Robert Charles Maturin

Amelia Opie

Thomas Love Peacock

Anne Radcliffe

Walter Scott

Mary Shelley

Charlotte Smith

Mary Wollstonecraft

 

 

          NON-FICTION PROSE

 

[NB: The student should be aware of the crucial importance of the periodical press in this period. One or more periodicals might therefore serve in place of an “author” in this category.]

 

Joanna Baillie

Jeremy Bentham

William Blake

Edmund Burke

S. T. Coleridge

Thomas DeQuincey

William Gifford

William Gilpin

William Godwin

William Hazlitt

William Hone

Leigh Hunt

Francis Jeffrey

John Keats

Richard Payne Knight

Charles Lamb

Letitia Elizabeth Landon

Thomas Malthus
James Mill

Hannah More

Robert Owen

Thomas Paine

Thomas Love Peacock

Joseph Priestley

Walter Scott

P. B. Shelley

Robert Southey

Helen Maria Williams

Mary Wollstonecraft

Dorothy Wordsworth

William Wordsworth

 

 

DRAMA

 

Joanna Baillie           

Lord Byron

S. T. Coleridge

George Colman, the Younger

Felicia Hemans

Thomas Holcroft

Elizabeth Inchbald

M. G. Lewis

Robert Charles Maturin

William Moncrieff

P. B. Shelley

 

          ACADEMIC CRITICISM

 

M. H. Abrams, The Mirror and the Lamp

Walter Jackson Bate, John Keats

Harold Bloom, ed., Romanticism and Consciousness
E. E. Bostetter, The Romantic Ventriloquists

Marilyn Butler, Romantics, Rebels & Reactionaries

James Chandler, England in 1819

Adriana Craciun, Fatal Women of Romanticism

Stuart Curran, Poetic Form and British Romanticism

Northrop Frye, A Study of English Romanticism

Michael Gamer, Romanticism and the Gothic

Kevin Gilmartin, Print Politics

Gary Kelly, English Fiction of the Romantic Period

Jon Klancher, The Making of English Reading Audiences, 1790-1832

Karl Kroeber and Gene Ruoff, eds., Romantic Poetry: Recent Revisionary Criticism

Robert Langbaum, The Poetry of Experience

Iain McCalman, ed., An Oxford Companion to the Romantic Age .

Jerome McGann, Byron and Romanticism

Tilottama Rajan, Dark Interpreter
Arden Reed, ed., Romanticism and Language

Alan Richardson, Literature, Education, and Romanticism

Alan Richardson and Sonia Hofkosh, eds., Romanticism, Race, and Imperial Culture
Jeffrey Robinson, Unfettering Poetry: Fancy in British Romanticism

Marlon Ross, The Contours of Masculine Desire

G. A. Russo and D. Watkins, eds., Spirits of Fire: English Romantic Writers and Contemporary Historical Methods
William St Clair, The Reading Nation in the Romantic Period
Clifford Siskin, The Historicity of Romantic Discourse

L. J. Swingle, The Obstinate Questionings of English Romanticism
Kate Trumpener, Bardic Nationalism: The Romantic Novel and the British Empire
Susan Wolfson, Borderlines: The Shiftings of Gender in British Romanticism

Duncan Wu, ed., Romanticism, A Critical Reader