Course Syllabi 

Explore various course syllabi related to the nineteenth century.

Wordsworth: Poetry and Place

Stone ArthurThis interactive learning aid allows you to connect poems by the British Romantic poet William Wordsworth (1770-1850) to the places that inspired them in England’s Lake District, where Wordsworth grew up and spent most of his life. Viewer-manipulated videos and photographs enable you to “enter” the settings of poetic passages as you read them. Wordsworth actually composed some of these lines in or near the locations you can view.

Learn more at Wordsworth: Poetry and Place.

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Teaching Jane Austen

Cover of Devoney Looser's book, The Making of Jane Austen. It is teal and the image is a profile silhouette with a painting of Jane Austen showing through, facing front.

Professor Devoney Looser (Foundation Professor of English, Arizona State) came to speak to 19CRS on “The Making of Jane Austen” in Fall 2018. You can find out more about her talk here. She also co-edited a volume on teaching Jane Austen in the Romantic Circles Pedagogies Commons, a peer-reviewed online journal dedicated to the presentation of essays about teaching.

Learn more at Teaching Jane Austen.

Rhyme and Reform Exhibition

Black and white image of eight children wearing dirty clothing from the 19th century. They are all face the camera in a line, some smiling and some frowning.

In October 2018, the Armstrong Browning Library at Baylor University, the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, and the University of Manchester in England presented “Rhyme and Reform” — a multi-site, digitally-networked symposium and series of events about Victorian portrayals of industrial labor in verse and narrative.

“Rhyme and Reform” marked the 175th anniversary of Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s poem “The Cry of the Children,” which protested the abuse of child workers in British mines and factories. The symposium placed Browning’s poem and representations of labor by Victorian working-class authors in critical conversation through presentations, performances of laboring-class balladry, interactive workshops, and a combination of physical and digital exhibitions.

The online exhibition for this event combined displays on “The Cry of the Children” at the ABL with examples of working-class poetry from the “Piston, Pen & Press” AHRC project led by Strathclyde, Manchester, and the National Railway Museum (York, UK). It is available here.