Spring 2022 - ENGL 320 D100

The Long Eighteenth Century and the Romantic Era (4)

Edit&Publish Chapbook Anthology

Class Number: 4736

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
    SWH 10061, Burnaby

    Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
    BLU 10031, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    30 units or two 200 division English courses.



The study of literature and culture between c. 1660 and 1830, Texts may be drawn from a variety of media, forms, and genres, and may address issues of gender, race, class, national identity, and more. This course may be repeated for credit if a different topic is taught.


We Edit and Publish a Chapbook Anthology

This course will use as its primary resource the online Eighteenth-Century Poetry Archive and will create as a class project a short, edited anthology of poems drawn from it and organized by theme. At the beginning of term, we will explore the database and come to a consensus as to an overarching theme or a set of related themes for the project (war, women, religion, foreign countries and travel, or family and domestic life…? it will be up to us to decide). Each student will then select an individual poem from within the theme(s), research the author, write a headnote, edit the poem for a modern edition, and write explanatory footnotes for it. At term’s end, the anthology will be published via SFU Library’s Digital Publishing and listed in our library catalogue. It will look similar to this project from Engl 427 in summer 2020: http://monographs.lib.sfu.ca/index.php/sfulibrary/catalog/book/81.

Some in-class time will be spent on the class project. Nicky will also be teaching eighteenth-century poetic practices, tropes, genres, and recitation skills and giving background/contextualizing information appropriate to whatever theme(s) we choose. Forty percent of the course grade is for a student’s contribution to the class project, with the remainder self-selected from a list of optional assessments. This course has no final exam, no textbook, and possibly no essay (you can choose to write one). It will involve a fair amount of research, plus work on your writing, editing, and performance skills.


  1. gain understanding of poetic practices in English in the long eighteenth century and their socio-historic contexts
  2. learn to use literary archives and databases
  3. develop/improve skills in research, editing, and clear, concise professional writing
  4. develop skills in poetry recitation
  5. allow students the opportunity to develop/improve creative and technological expertise
  6. allow students to adapt course work to suit their interests 



Required Assessment, 40% of course grade, completed gradually over the semester

  • Headnote, edited text, and footnotes for a poem chosen from the Eighteenth-Century Poetry Archive (poems should be between 12 and 80 lines in length)

Optional Assessments (in alphabetical order), 20% each, choose 3, & set your own due dates

  • Annotated bibliography on a poet from the long eighteenth century (short summaries and evaluations of 7-10 critical articles or book chapters)
  • Creative project (e.g. write a poem in imitation of or response to eighteenth-century poetry, set a poem to music, create a cover for our anthology, etc.; must include a short explanatory essay)
  • Critique/evaluation of web-based materials available on a poet from the long eighteenth century (including both academic and non-academic sites, under 1500 words)
  • Essay either on a specific poem or on some aspect of poetry in the long eighteenth century more generally (c. 2000-2500 words)
  • LibriVox recording of 150-200 lines of poetry by a poet of the long eighteenth century, submitted to LibriVox (in Canvas must include an mp4 file and a written report/self-assessment)
  • Participation, mainly in class (no due date)
  • Podcast on some aspect of poetry in the long eighteenth century (20-minute recording, needs to be done with a partner or in a group of three; must include a written outline & report on who did what; marks can be group or individual)
  • Seminar sharing your research about your poet/poem with the class (20-minute live presentation; must have a follow-up written summary and self-assessment)




Access to the internet and a laptop or tablet computer will be essential to this course.

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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Teaching at SFU in spring 2022 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with safety plans in place.  Some courses will still be offered through remote methods, and if so, this will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes.  You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).

Enrolling in a course acknowledges that you are able to attend in whatever format is required.  You should not enroll in a course that is in-person if you are not able to return to campus, and should be aware 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 may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the spring 2022 term.