Readings for August 24

Posted: August 3, 2020 in Readings


This is the first set of readings for the semester. I plan to begin discussing William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge during our first video lecture. I will also provide optional texts by William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge, but only to give the more adventurous of you something to explore.

Wordsworth and Coleridge may be difficult read, either because of what they write or how they write. That will be true of most everything we read throughout the semester. I have no expectations that anyone will understand these materials perfectly on the first reading. At least some parts of them will be too challenging for that, though there is certainly fun and adventure to be had in accepting challenges. Do the best you can to make sense of them.

A quick but of advice: try not to lose the forest for the trees. The detail matters, but they are jus the individual brushstrokes the combine to create a bigger image. Try to get the big picture.

Good luck! I hope to hear from you soon!

(c) The Wordsworth Trust; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

William Wordsworth
(1770 – 1850)
Preface to Lyrical Ballads (1800)

Samuel Taylor Coleridge
(1772 – 1834)
Biographia Literaria (1817)
“Of The Imagination, or Esemplastic Power”

Readings For August 25 and 27

Posted: August 3, 2020 in Readings

Sorry I delayed in posting these. I guess I got a little too excited about the long weekend and went into vacation mode. You should still have plenty of time to read this material before Tuesday. Enjoy your Monday holiday!


Susan Sontag
(1933 – 2004)
“Against Interpretation” (1964)
“Notes on Camp” (1964)


Susan Sontag with Jasper Johns


Posted: January 4, 0202 in Uncategorized

Here it is!