|The “Lake Poets” signify a group of poets who first came together in Bristol in the mid 1790s and subsequently moved to the Lake District. At the centre of the so-called Lake School, we find the canonical Romantic poets William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Robert Southey, and on the periphery, amongst others, Mary Robinson and Dorothy Wordsworth. Emphatically engaging in and celebrating their physical environment, they developed new forms of poetry, especially landscape poetry, and new modes of both joint literary work and living.This seminar aims at reading a wide selection of poetical and prose works, including poetological and biographical texts. We will study these texts especially as reactions to the political, economic, social and cultural changes of the age. Finally, we will also look at the contemporary critical reception of the Lake Poets. In the context of the seminar, we are also planning an excursion to the Wordsworth Archive in Grasmere in early July (ca. 5 days), subject to funding and students’ interest. Lektürekurs: offers in-depth study of criticism related to the Lake Poets. Recommended Reading:Sharon Ruston: Romanticism. London: Continuum, 2007.Duncan Wu: A Companion to Romanticism. Oxford: Blackwell, 1998.William Wordsworth: The Major Works including the Prelude. Ed. by Stephen Gill. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge: The Major Works. Ed. by H. J. Jackson. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000.