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Explication de textes : Dorothy and William Wordsworth's Lake District

Faculté de gestion: Faculté des lettres

Responsable(s): Agnieszka Soltysik Monnet
Intervenant(s): -

Période de validité: 2015 -> 2015

Pas d'horaire défini.


Semestre de printemps
2 heures par semaine
28 heures par semestre

Langue(s) d'enseignement: anglais
Public: Oui
Crédits: 0


In this seminar we will close-read a selection of William Wordsworth's poems, relating them to Dorothy Wordsworth's "Grasmere Journal" entries, and William Wordsworth's prose writings including A Guide through the District of the Lakes. During our discussion of these texts, we will consider how the Wordsworths responded to the English Lakes, and how Wordsworth's nature poetry changes readings of the physical environment.

This seminar's Moodle page has a detailed course schedule: Please, email Rachel Nisbet for the Moodle key (Rachel.nisbet@unil.ch).

moodle key: Wordsworth16


To gain credits for this class, students will:
1) Attend regularly, and participate actively in class discussions.
2) Lead a group discussion during one of our class sessions.
3) Write a short, 500-750 word essay (2-3 pages), comparing one of Dorothy Wordsworth's prose descriptions of the Lake District with the corresponding, short poem by William Wordsworth.
4) Write a longer critical essay of 1,500 words (4-6 pages; +/- 250 words), either comparing two of William Wordsworth's short poems with a minimum of two relevant prose passages by Dorothy and/or William Wordsworth; or comparing one of William Wordsworth's longer poems with relevant prose passages written by Dorothy or William Wordsworth; or comparing two of William Wordsworth's "Duddon Sonnets" with Dorothy and William's prose descriptions of the Duddon Valley. Students electing to take this class in the 'enseignements complémentaires' module, or Erasmus students, must submit an essay of 8-12 pages in length.


Wordsworth, Dorothy. The Grasmere and Alfoxden Journals. Editor Pamela Woof. Oxford: Oxford University Press (2008)
Class compendium containing selected poems, and prose texts by William Wordsworth: Download from Moodle, please.
Wordsworth, William. Topographical Description of The Country of the Lakes in The North of England (1820) online https://archive.org/details/riverduddonserie00word
Selected articles and book chapters to be downloaded

Exigences du cursus d'études

Niveau B2 (cadre européen commun de référence)

Informations supplémentaires


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