British Poetry Seminar I(2019)
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British Poetry Seminar I (G11964)

Spring 2019

Chankil Park(, 316 Humanities Bd., Office Hour: Thursday 14:00-15:00, Tel: 02-3277-2160)

Class: Humanities 201,  Thursday 15:30-18:15


The main focus of this course is to explore the meaning of Bildung in the British Romantic Poetry. A couple of famous German texts which established the concept of Bildung will be read in English translation along with its classical German examples such as Goethe’s The Apprenticeship of Wilhelm Meister and Novalis’s Henry of Ofterdingen also in English(or Korean) translation. Wordsworth’s The Prelude and Byron’s Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage, however, are the main reading texts of this class because they are the typical examples of Bildung materialized in the poetic narrative of British Romanticism. Two essay proposals(1-2 pages, A4) should be written during the course, one of which, after detailed comments, should be developed into the final term paper.




Johann Wolfgang von Goethe; tr. by Thomas Carlyle, Wilhelm Meister’s apprenticeship and travels, New York: WM. L. Allison, 1886.  Or pdf version prepared by (


Friedrich von Hardenberg(Novalis), Henry of Ofterdingen(Heinrich von Ofterdingen): A Romance. E-book prepared by Project Gutenberg.


William Wordsworth, The fourteen-book Prelude(The Cornell Wordsworth), W.J.B.  Owen ed. Ithaca: Cornell UP, 1985. The main text is also available from The Poems of William Wordsworth: Collected Reading Texts from the Cornell Wordsworth vol. III edited by Jared Curtis, Humanities-Ebooks, 2009.


George Gordon Byron, Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage: A Romaunt, Canto I-IV edited by John Murray in 1814, an annotated edition available from Internet.


Evaluation: Two Essay proposals 20%, Attendance and Class Performance 10%, One Term Paper 70%

Tentative Reading Schedule



7           Introduction: What is Bildung and why does it matter in English Romanticism?

14         The German idea of Bildung  

21         The Theory of Bildung and English Romanticism



4           Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Wilhelm Meister’s apprenticeship

11          Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Wilhelm Meister’s apprenticeship

18         The Prelude of 1805 Book 1-2

25         The Prelude of 1805 Book 3-8



2          Continued

9          The Prelude of 1805 Book 9-13

16        George Gordon Byron, Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage Canto I

23        George Gordon Byron, Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage Canto II

30        George Gordon Byron, Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage Canto III-IV



6          Friedrich Schiller, “On the Aesthetic Education of Man”

13        Friedrich von Hardenberg(Novalis), Heinrich von Ofterdingen

20        Percy Bysshe Shelley, “Alastor”


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Bruford, W. H. The German Tradition of Self-Cultivation: 'Bildung' from Humboldt to Thomas Mann. Cambridge UP, 1975. Print.

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Gorman, David. "A Bibliography of German Romantic Literary Criticism and Theory in English." Style 28.4 (1994): 500-24. Print.

Hammermeister, Kai. The German Aesthetic Tradition. Cambridge UP, 2002. Print.

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