Summer 2020 - ENGL 427W D100

Topics in the Romantic Period (4)

Class Number: 3797

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu, Th 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM

  • Prerequisites:

    Two 300 division English courses, including at least one of 320, 322, 327, or 330. Reserved for English honours, major, joint major and minor students.



Addresses specific issues in romantic literature in English. May be organized by author, genre, or critical approach. Students with credit for ENGL 427 may not take this course for further credit. Writing.


Romantic Poetry by British and North American Women
This course focuses not on more traditionally famous Romantic poets writing in English such as Wordsworth, Shelley, or Byron, but instead on female-identifying poets on both sides of the Atlantic who were known in their day but then were made invisible by patriarchal history, such as Charlotte Smith, Esther Saunders, Mary Robinson, Anna Letitia Barbauld, Joanna Baillie, Felicia Hemans, and Jane Johnston Schoolcraft. Instead of purchasing an anthology, we will be using online archives and library databases to examine their poetry. In an editing project, each student will choose one rarely published poem and take it from the original version to an academically edited and annotated entry in a chapbook that the class will publish online using a Creative Commons license.


In this course, you will develop/enhance skills in
·         using library databases and online archives
·         academic editing and annotation
·         understanding Romanticism and poetry
·         giving concise and helpful peer feedback
·         writing research-based argumentative essays.


  • Essay proposal and annotated bibliography 15%
  • Peer reviews on essay drafts 5%
  • Research essay, c. 2500-3000 words 35%
  • Edited and annotated poem in course chapbook 25%
  • Short reflection on chapbook project, under 1000 words 10%
  • Participation 10%


We will be reading poems from library databases and online archives: no textbook purchase required.

Department Undergraduate Notes:

IMPORTANT NOTE Re 300 and 400 level courses: 75% of spaces in 300 level English courses, and 100% of spaces in 400 level English courses, are reserved for declared English Major, Minor, Extended Minor, Joint Major, and Honours students only, until open enrollment begins.

For all On-Campus Courses, please note the following:
- To receive credit for the course, students must complete all requirements.
- Tutorials/Seminars WILL be held the first week of classes.
- When choosing your schedule, remember to check "Show lab/tutorial sections" to see all Lecture/Seminar/Tutorial times required.

Registrar Notes:


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Please note that all teaching at SFU in summer term 2020 will be conducted through remote methods. Enrollment in this course acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning ( or 778-782-3112) as soon as possible to ensure that they are eligible and that approved accommodations and services are implemented in a timely fashion.