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Author: Eileen Hunt Botting
Calendar of Key dates for POLS 13195
Session Topic Key Dates
1 Lyndall Gordon's Vindication: A Life of Mary Wollstonecraft (2005), 1-39 Each student chooses a Romantic-era thinker about whom to write a 3-page biographical essay that will be published on our seminar’s “OpenCourseware” website
  Week following session 1 Individual meetings with Prof. Botting to discuss 3-page biographical essay.
2 Gordon’s Vindication, 40-79, Wollstonecraft’s Original Stories from Real Life (1788) and William Blake’s poems “Visions of the Daughters of Albion” (1793) and “Mary” (1803) Prof. Botting will show slides of Blake’s engravings for Wollstonecraft’s Original Stories and his illuminated manuscripts of his poems that were inspired by Wollstonecraft.
3 Gordon’s Vindication, 80-121, and selections from Edmund Burke’s Reflections on the Revolution in France (1790)  
  Day after session 3 First draft of 3-page biographical essay on a Romantic-era thinker due.
 4 Gordon's Vindication, 122-155, and Wollstonecraft's Vindication of the Rights of Men (1790), 3-33 Receive training on "Refworks" (web-based bibliography creation program) at Hesburgh Library.
 5 Gordon's Vindication, 156-181, and Wollstonecraft's Vindication of the Rights of Men (1790), 34-64   
  6  Gordon's Vindication, 182-213, and selections from Jean-Jacques Rousseau's First Discourse (1750) and Second Discourse (1755)  Rewrite of 3-page biographical essay on Romantic-era thinker due by 3pm in 325 O'Shaughnessy.
  7 Gordon's Vindication, 214-255, and Wollstonecraft's Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792), 67-86  Individual meetings with Professor Botting about prospectus for research paper.
8  Gordon's Vindication, 256-290, and Wollstonecraft's Vindication of the Rights of Woman, 87-125  2-page prospectus for research paper due to 325 O'Shaughnessy
9   Gordon's Vindication, 291-329, and Wollstonecraft's Vindication of the Rights of Woman, 207-218, 230-241  
10  Gordon's Vindication, 330-362, and Wollstonecraft's Vindication of the Rights of Woman, 242-275

"Mary Wollstonecraft and Her Legacies" speaker series:

"What the Pretty Woman Can Learn from the Hyena in Petticoats: MaryWollstonecraft's Lessons for Julia Roberts & and 'Postfeminist' Generation" - Professor Natalie Taylor, Skidmore College

11  Selections from Taylor's The Rights of Woman as Chimera: The Political Philosophy of Mary Wollstonecraft (Routledge, 2007) [ereserves]  
12 Gordon's Vindication, 363-389, and Wollstonecraft's Letters Written during a Short Residence in Sweden, Norway and Denmark, letters 1, 3, 5,6,8,11 2-page outline and bibliography for reserach paper due to 325 O'Shaughnessy
13 Gordon's Vindication, 390-410, and Wollstonecraft's Letters Written during a Short Residence in Sweden, Norway and Denmark, letters 13, 15, 16, 17, 18, 22, 25  
14 Gordon's Vindication, 411-452, and Percey Shelley's letters and poems regarding or partly inspired by Mary Wollstonecraft [ereserves]  
15 Betty Bennett's Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, 1-42, and Lord Byron's poems partly inspired by Mary Wollstonecraft [ereserves]  
16 No class Spring Break begins: read Frankenstein in its entirety (with aim of understanding the novel's overall narrative structure).
17 Bennett's Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, 43-65, and Mary Shelley's letters regarding Mary Wollstonecraft and the composition of Frankenstein [ereserves]

Frankenstein Film Series: "Frankenstein" (1931) in the Honors Lounge, 7:30pm.

18  Bennett's Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, 67-105, and Shelley's Frankenstein, 5-24 Individual meetings with Professor Botting to discuss introduction for research paper
19 Bennett's Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, 107-121, and Shelley's Frankenstein, 24-44 Frankenstein Film Series: "Bride of Frankenstein" (1935) in the Honors Lounge, 7:30pm 
20 Shelley's Frankenstein, 44-67, 157-160 2-page introduction to research paper due to 325 O'Shaughnessy Hall
21  Shelley's Frankenstein, 68-91, 160-166 Frankenstein Film Series: "Young Frankenstein" (1974) in the Honors Lounge, 7:30pm.
    Tour of Snite Museum on theme of "Romanticism and Art" with Diana Matthias.  Meet in lobby of Snite Museum at 2pm
22 Shelley's Frankenstein, 91-114, 169-173  
23 Shelley's Frankenstein, 114-134

"Mary Wollstonecraft and Her Legacies" Speaker Series:

"Mary Wollstonecraft and the Solitary Self" - Professor Barbara Taylor, University of East London

24 Taylor's Mary Wollstonecraft and the Feminist Imagination (Cambridge, 2003), chapters 2 &3 [Reserve Reading Desk] 6-page draft of research paper due to 325 O'Shaughnessy Hall
    "Mary Wollstonecraft and Her Legacies" Speaker Series: "Scandalous Histories: Mrs. Pilkington, Mary Wollstonecraft and the Kingsborough Family Connection" - Professor Norma Clarke, Kingston University, London 
25 Clarke's The Rise and Fall of the Woman of Letters (Pimlico, 2004), selections [Reserve Reading Desk] Individual meetings with Professor Botting to discuss drafts of research papers and in-class presentations
26  Shelley's Frankenstein, 135-156, 169-173 Frankenstein Film Series: "Mary Shelley's Frankenstein" (1994) in Honors Lounge, 7:30pm.
27  Student presentations on research projects 3-page "Frankenstein Filmography" essay due to 325 O'Shaughnessy
28 Student presentations on research projects  
29  Student presentations on research projects "Raise the Dead Romantics" Talent Show in Honors Lounge, 7pm.
30 Student presentations on research projects 12-page final research paper due to 325 O'Shaughnessy Hall
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