NASSR-L Discussion on Teaching Romantic-period Women
Extracted from postings to the NASSR-L discussion list, September
Also relevant is the NASSR-L discussion of Hemans,
Aesthetics and the Canon to be found on another Romantic
Circles page, July 1997
September 13, 1997
The other day I was asked a question that I couldn't answer.
I'm seeking the help of any and all on the list in answering the
question/s, How many seminars or courses (undergrad; grad)
have been offered as yet on the women poets of the Romantic period?
More particularly, in my case, have any been offered that focus
greatly or even entirely on Felicia Hemans? (I expect more positive
answers to the first than the second question.)
Likewise, how many such courses (the women poets; Hemans) are in
the planning or projected stage?
Anyone with information may respond privately or, as desired, in
the wider forum. I will do my best to return to the list with
my findings when they seem complete.
Thanks in advance to those who respond. Nan Sweet, firstname.lastname@example.org
September 15, 1997
Dear Nan (and others),
I gave a graduate seminar a few years ago
on "Romantic Women Writers"; we put about two-thirds of
our emphasis on poets, partly to enable us to survey rather more
than a greater focus on prose permits. I offer every year to repeat/revise/revisit
this seminar, but our vice chair controls the offerings and so determines
whether it will happen. So far, it has not, despite student interest.
I've not been able to get a Romantic Women
Poets course into either the undergrad or the grad curriculum here,
and so have had to make do with my expansive and much-revised course
in Romantic Poetry generally, which includes about equal numbers
of men and women. As above, I can only offer (and lobby), but cannot
push the button that gets a course up for enrollment.
I too am interested to learn what's happening
Steve Behrendt, U of
September 15, 1997
I have taught both Hemans and Landon in my Late Romantic Writers
course but I have yet to devote a whole seminar to the women poets.
I do think, however, that I could teach such a course here at Georgia
and that it would be fully enrolled.
My colleague, Tricia Lootens, offered a seminar on Romantic Women
Poets last Spring. She taught a great deal of Hemans and Landon
but her focus was on their status as bridge poets between the Romantic
and the Victorian periods. Her seminar was fully enrolled and her
students were uniformly interested in the material. On a sadder
note, however, many of the graduate students were woefully ignorant
of the "canonical" male poets and Tricia found herself
offering several brief lectures on Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron,
University of Georgia
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