Limyaael (limyaael) wrote,

Lists as of right now

I'll probably still have to make changes, as these are works-in-progress, incorporating changes suggested by my chair but not yet finalized by her, and I still have two committee members who need to approve them. But, as of right now, these are what my lists look like.

Historical List: Strategies of Agency and Empowerment

1. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792) by Mary Wollstonecraft
2. The Mysteries of Udolpho (1794) by Anne Radcliffe
3. Belinda (1801) by Maria Edgeworth
4. The Lady in the Lake (1810) by Sir Walter Scott
5. Emma (1815) by Jane Austen
6. “Christabel” (1816) by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
7. Manfred (1817) by George Gordon, Lord Byron
8. Frankenstein (1818) by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
9. “Lamia,” “The Eve of St. Agnes,” “Isabella, or the Pot of Basil,” and “Ode to Psyche” (1820) by John Keats
10. Prometheus Unbound (1820) by Percy Bysshe Shelley
11. Records of Women, With Other Poems (1828) by Felicia Hemans
12. Fugitive Verses (1840) by Joanna Baille
13. Jane Eyre (1847) by Charlotte Brontë
14. The Princess (1847) by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
15. Wuthering Heights (1847) by Emily Brontë
16. Household Education (1848) by Harriet Martineau
17. Vanity Fair (1848) by William Makepeace Thackeray
18. Bleak House (1853) by Charles Dickens
19. Glaucus: or, The Wonders of the Shore (1855) by Charles Kingsley
20. North and South (1855) by Elizabeth Gaskell
21. Aurora Leigh (1856) by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
22. The Defence of Guenevere and Other Poems (1858) by William Morris
23. The Origin of Species (1859) by Charles Darwin
24. The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám (1859) trans. by Edward Fitzgerald
25. Selections from Modern Painters (1860) by John Ruskin
26. The Woman in White (1860) by Wilkie Collins
27. London Labour and the London Poor (1861) by Henry Mayhew
28. The Romance of Natural History (1861) by Philip Henry Gosse
29. “Goblin Market” (1862) and Monna Innominata: A Sonnet of Sonnets (1881) by Christina Rossetti
30. Lady Audley’s Secret (1862) by Mary Elizabeth Braddon
31. “Modern Love” (1862) by George Meredith
32. “Why Are Women Redundant?” (1862) by W. R. Greg
33. Dramatis Personae (1864) by Robert Browning
34. “The Triumph of Time,” “Anactoria,” “Satia Te Sanguine,” “Dolores,” “The Garden of Proserpine,” “Hesperia,” “The Leper,” and “Hymn to Proserpine” (1866) by Algernon Charles Swinburne
35. Idylls of the King (1869) by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
36. “The Subjection of Women” (1869) by John Stuart Mill
37. “Jenny,” “The Blessed Damozel,” and Sonnets and Songs, towards a work to be called The House of Life (1870) by Dante Gabriel Rossetti
38. The Eustace Diamonds (1871) by Anthony Trollope
39. Middlemarch (1871) by George Eliot
40. Studies in the History of the Renaissance (1873) by Walter Pater
41. Daniel Deronda (1876) by George Eliot
42. Culture and Anarchy (1882) by Matthew Arnold
43. She (1887) by H. Rider Haggard
44. Tess of the d’Urbervilles: A Pure Woman (1891) by Thomas Hardy
45. The Picture of Dorian Grey (1891) by Oscar Wilde
46. The Jungle Book (1894 and 1895) by Rudyard Kipling
47. Birds of Passage: Songs of the Orient and the Occident (1895) by Mathilde Blind
48. Dracula (1897) by Bram Stoker
49. Green Mansions: A Romance of the Tropical Forest (1904) by W. H. Hudson
50. “Barnfloor and Winepress,” “God’s Grandeur,” “Pied Beauty,” “Rosa Mystica,” “Spring,” “The Windhover,” “That Nature is a Hericlitean Fire,” and “Tom’s Garland” (first published 1918) by Gerard Manley Hopkins


1. Natural Supernaturalism: Tradition and Revolution in Romantic Literature (1971) by M. H. Abrams
2. The Anxiety of Influence: A Theory of Poetry (1973) by Harold Bloom
3. Darwin’s Plots: Evolutionary Narrative in Darwin, George Eliot, and Nineteenth-Century Fiction (1983) by Gillian Beer
4. Romantic Ideology: A Critical Investigation (1983) by Jerome McGann
5. Beauty and Belief: Aesthetics and Religion in Victorian Literature (1986) by Hilary Fraser
6. Matthew Arnold: Between Two Worlds (1986) ed. by Robert Giddings
7. Wordsworth’s Great Period Poems: Four Essays (1986) by Marjorie Levinson
8. Romanticism and Feminism (1988) ed. by Anne K. Mellor
9. Desire and Domestic Fiction: A Political History of the Novel (1990) by Nancy Armstrong
10. Victorian Women Poets: Writing Against the Heart (1992) by Angela Leighton
11. Godiva’s Ride: Women of Letters in England 1830-1880 (1993) by Dorothy Mermin
12. The Columbia History of the British Novel (1994) ed. by John Richetti
13. Victorian Literature and the Victorian Visual Imagination (1995) ed. by Carol T. Christ and John O. Jordan
14. Reviewing Sex: Gender and the Reception of Victorian Novels (1996) by Nicola Diane Thompson
15. The True Story of the Novel (1996) by Margaret Anne Doody
16. Disease, Desire, and the Body in Victorian Women’s Popular Novels: Reading, Contagion, and Transgression (1997) by Pamela K. Gilbert
17. Dickens and Imagination (1998) by Robert Higbie
18. Victorian Poets and the Politics of Culture: Discourse and Ideology (1998) by Antony H. Harrison
19. Cambridge Companion to Victorian Poetry (2000) ed. by Joseph Bristow
20. Rebellious Hearts: British Women Writers and the French Revolution (2001) ed. by Adriana Cracuin and Kari E. Lokke
21. Women and Literature in Britain: 1800-1900 (2001) ed. by Joanna Shattock
22. Fatal Women of Romanticism (2003) by Adriana Cracuin
23. Romanticism, Maternity, and the Body Politic (2003) by Julie Kipp
24. Romantic Science: The Literary Forms of Natural HIstory (2003) ed. by Noah Heringman
25. Undoing Gender (2004) by Judith Butler
26. Dante Gabriel Rossetti and the Late Victorian Sonnet Sequence: Sexuality, Belief, and the Self (2005) by John Holmes
27. Elegy for an Age: The Presence of the Past in Victorian Literature (2005) by John D. Rosenburg
28. Gender At Work in Victorian Culture: Literature, Art, and Masculinity (2005) by Martin A. Danahay
29. Key Concepts in Victorian Literature (2006) by Sean Purchase
30. Victorian Poetry and the Culture of the Heart (2006) by Kirstie Blair

Topical List: “I/Thou” and the Pantheistic Imperative

Primary Texts

The Middle East

1) The Tale of Gilgamesh
2) “Genesis,” “Ruth,” “Job,” “Psalms,” “Song of Solomon,” “Jeremiah,” “Jonah,” the Gospel of John, and “Revelation,” from the King James Bible


1) Eclogues (37 BCE) by Virgil
2) Metamorphoses (8 ACE) by Ovid


1) Discourse on the Origin and Foundation of Inequality Among Men (1754) by Jean-Jacques Rousseau
2) “On Naïve and Sentimental Poetry” (1795) by Frederich Schiller
3) “Building Dwelling Thinking” (1951) and “The Origin of the Work of Art” (1960) by Martin Heidegger

The British Isles

1) Selections from The Penguin Book of Pastoral Verse (1975) ed. by John Barrell and John Bull: Sir Phillip Sidney, "Dispraise of a Courtly Life”; Christopher Marlowe, "The Passionate Shepherd to His Love”; Shakespeare, from the Fourth Act of The Winter's Tale; John Donne, "The Baite”; Ben Jonson, "To Penhurst”; Robert Herrick, "To His Muse," "The Hock-Cart, or Harvest Home," and "To Phillis to love, and live with him”; Thomas Carew, "To Saxham”; John Milton, "Lycidas"; Andrew Marvell, "Bermudas," "The Mower Against Gardens," and "The Garden"; Alexander Pope, from Windsor Forest.
2) The Tempest (1611) by William Shakespeare
3) The Compleat Angler; or, The Contemplative Man’s Recreation (1653) by Izaak Walton
4) The Seasons (1740) by James Thomson
5) The Natural History of Selborne (1789) by Gilbert White
6) The Voyage of the Beagle (1832) by Charles Darwin
7) The Mill on the Floss (1860) by George Eliot
8) Songs of the Springtides (1880) by Algernon Charles Swinburne
9) Aradia; or, the Gospel of the Witches (1899) by Charles G. Leland
10) Moments of Vision (1917) by Thomas Hardy
11) The Golden Bough (1922) by Sir James George Frazer
12) Birds, Beasts and Flowers: Poems (1923) by D. H. Lawrence
13) A Passage to India (1924) by E. M. Forester
14) To the Lighthouse (1927) by Virginia Woolf
15) Eighteen Poems (1934) by Dylan Thomas
16) Another Time (1940) by W. H. Auden
17) The Two Towers (1954) by J. R. R. Tolkien
18) “The Thought-Fox,” “The Jaguar,” “The Horses,” and “Wind” (1957); “Hawk Roosting” (1960); “Crow’s Fall,” “Examination at the Womb-Door,” and “Crow’s Nerve Fails” (1971); “The Harvest Moon” and “The Seven Sorrows” (1975) by Ted Hughes
19) Island (1962) by Aldous Huxley
20) The Whitsun Weddings (1964) by Philip Larkin
21) New Collected Poems (1977) by Robert Graves
22) Angels and Insects (1992) by A. S. Byatt
23) Tales from Ovid (1998) by Ted Hughes

United States

1) Rural Hours (1850) by Susan Fenimore Cooper
2) Walden (1854) by Henry David Thoreau
3) Leaves of Grass (1855) by Walt Whitman
4) Roughing It (1884) by Mark Twain
5) The Land of Little Rain (1903) by Mary Austin
6) My Antonia (1918) by Willa Cather
7) Harmonium (1923) by Wallace Stevens
8) Give Your Heart to the Hawks and Other Poems (1933) by Robinson Jeffers
9) Steeple Bush (1946) by Robert Frost
10) A Sand County Almanac (1948) by Aldo Leopold
11) Desert Solitaire (1969) by Edward Abbey
12) Pilgrim at Tinker Creek (1974) by Annie Dillard
13) Always Coming Home (1985) by Ursula K. LeGuin
14) Arctic Dreams (1986) by Berry Lopez
15) The Rain in the Trees: Poems (1988) by W. S. Merwin
16) Garbage (1993) by A. R. Ammons
17) Mountains and Rivers Without End (1996) by Gary Snyder
18) Gardens in the Dunes (1999) by Leslie Marmon Silko
19) Elk in Winter (2004) by Robert Pack


1) Roughing It in the Bush: or, Life in Canada (1831) by Susanna Moodie
2) The Journals of Susanna Moodie: Poems (1970) by Margaret Atwood


1) Islands (1969) by Edward Kamau Brathwaite


1) A Haiku Journey: Basho’s Narrow Road to a Far Province (1974), trans. and ed. by Dorothy Britton


1) Ich und Du (1923) by Martin Buber
2) The Machine in the Garden: Technology and the Pastoral Ideal (1964) by Leo Marx
3) The Comedy of Survival: Studies in Literary Ecology (1972) by Joseph Meeker
4) The Country and the City (1973) by Raymond Williams
5) The Lay of the Land: Metaphor as Experience and History in American Life and Letters (1975) by Annette Kolodny
6) Woman and Nature: The Roaring Inside Her (1980) by Susan Griffin
7) Standing By Words: Essays (1983) by Wendell Berry
8) Imagining the Earth: Poetry and the Vision of Nature (1985) by John Elder
9) The Romance of Victorian Natural History (1989) by Lynn L. Merrill
10) The Practice of the Wild: Essays (1990) by Gary Snyder
11) Swinburne and His Gods: The Roots and Growth of an Agnostic Poetry (1990) by Margot K. Louis
12) Romantic Ecology: Wordsworth and the Environmental Tradition (1991) by Jonathan Bate
13) Ecological Literary Criticism: Romantic Imagining and the Biology of Mind (1994) by Karl Kroeber
14) The Ecocriticism Reader: Landmarks in Literary Ecology (1996) ed. by Cheryll Glotfelty and Harold Fromm
15) The Environmental Imagination: Thoreau, Nature Writing, and the Formation of American Culture (1996) by Lawrence Buell
16) “Is Man to Culture as Woman Is to Nature?” (1996) by Sherry Ortner
17) Reading the Mountains of Home (1998) by John Elder
18) Writing the Environment: Ecocriticism and Literature (1998) ed. by Richard Kerridge and Neil Sammells
19) Sustainable Poetry: Four American Ecopoets (1999) by Leonard M. Scigaj
20) American Literary Environmentalism (2000) by David Mazel
21) The Green Studies Reader: From Romanticism to Ecocriticism (2000) ed. by Laurence Coupe
22) The Song of the Earth (2000) by Jonathan Bate
23) Writing for an Endangered World: Literature, Culture, and Environment in the U.S. and Beyond (2001) by Lawrence Buell
24) The Truth of Ecology: Nature, Culture, and Literature in America (2003) by Dana Phillips
25) Ecocriticism (New Critical Idiom Series) (2004) by Greg Garrard
26) The Future of Environmental Criticism: Environmental Crisis and Literary Imagination (2005) by Lawrence Buell
27) Drawing Down the Moon: Witches, Druids, Goddess-Worshippers, and Other Pagans in America (Revised Edition) (2006) by Margot Adler

So I read them, write rationales for them, and then I'm tested over them. But, luckily, it seems I'll have extra time for the oral exam, which is basically defending the prospectus for my dissertation.

I've been warned the dissertation is what kills people, because most graduate students have plenty of experience writing seminar papers but none writing a book-length manuscript. And this is where I have the advantage of a lot of people, because if there is one thing that does not intimidate me, it's the thought of writing a lot.
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