ARTH 2839/3839 and ENGL 3510


Winter Quarter, 2001


Professors:Dr. Eleanor McNees (English)andDr. M.E. Warlick (Art History)

Sturm Hall 486C 871-2855SAB 024871-3271


Office Hours: Tues. / Th. 1:00-3:00Office Hours: Th. 2:00-4:00

& by appointment& by appointment

Class Hours: TuTh 11:00-12:50 p.m.

Credits:4 (ENGL) or 5 (ARTH) quarter hrs.

Place:119 SAB

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Throughout the 19th century, British authors and artists admired and pursued the splendors of Italy, drawn to its classical history, its varied landscape and its arts. Beginning with the tradition of the Grand Tour, British youth traveled to Italy to see the architectural wonders of the classical heritage and to develop a connoisseur’s taste for the artistic achievements of the Late Gothic, Renaissance and early Baroque periods of Italian art. This class will explore the connections in both art and literature between Britain and Italy, focusing on the novels, essays, travel journals, and poetry of Ann Radcliffe, John Ruskin, Walter Pater, George Eliot, Robert Browning and Charles Dickens, among others. We will trace the British admiration for the artistic treasures of Italy, from the Neoclassic movement through the High Victorian Renaissance. We will see how this admiration of art, history and landscape was translated into Ann Radcliffe’s gothic novel, George Eliot’s historical one and Browning’s dramatic monologues. This is a team-taught class designed for graduate students in English and Art History. Undergraduate students may enroll if they have sufficient background in one of these disciplines.

REQUIREMENTS:Undergraduate students: mid-term, 2 short response papers, and final exam.;Graduate students: mid-term, one response paper, annotated bibliography, and final paper.

TEXTS:Radcliffe, The Mysteries of Udolpho; Ruskin, The Stones of Venice; Eliot, Romola; Browning, Robert Browning’s Poetry; Pater, The Renaissance; Dickens, Pictures from Italy

READING ASSIGNMENTS:The assigned readings for this course are outlined on the following pages and are taken from the above texts, all available at the D.U. Bookstore. A bibliography on 19th century British art has also been compiled, and some of these books have been placed on reserve at Penrose Library. Graduate students are expected to use this bibliography to prepare for class discussion and to begin the research for your final paper. All assignments should be read BEFORE coming to class so that you can actively contribute to class discussion.



mid-term exam30%mid-term exam30%

short response papers30%short response paper15%

class participation10%bibliography15%

final exam30%final paper40%

Attendance is mandatory and expected except for emergencies and documented illness. More than two absences will result in a lowered grade.


Mid-term examination. All students are required to take the mid-term. It will be a

combination of slide identification and discussion, quotations and short essay

questions. Final examination. All undergraduate students will be required to take the final

exam during the set exam period. It will be designed like the mid-term and will

cover only the works discussed in class from the mid-term onward.


Two short response papers (undergraduate students)

One short response paper (graduate students)

Graduate and undergraduate students will write a response paper comparing issues of art and literature, drawn from the reading assignments. This paper will be due Thursday, Feb. 22ndIn addition, the undergraduate students will have a second paper, prepared by using an interactive CD-Rom from the National Gallery of London and other on-line museum information. This paper will be due Tuesday, March 6thFurther details of both assignments will be given in class.

Research paper (graduate students)

All graduate students will submit a research paper on a topic to be decided in consultation with the professors. Ideally, your topic would combine some aspects of both art and literature, or it could incorporate another broad interdisciplinary approach to 19th century British art or literature. Topics are due Feb. 13th.

Statement of Thesis and Preliminary Annotated Bibliography are due Feb. 27th. Each graduate student will submit a typed statement of thesis and preliminary annotated bibliography for your topic. You should briefly summarize in one or two paragraphs what you intend to cover and prove in your paper and include the preliminary annotated list of books and articles you have gathered to that point in your research. \

Research paper is due March 13thYour paper should be approximately 15-20 (English graduate students) 12-15 (Art History graduate students) typed double-spaced pages along with a bibliography including books, articles and other research materials you have reviewed, using the MLA (English) or Turabian (Art History) style guides. All works of art that are discussed at length should be xeroxed , mounted on a clean page and labeled by artist, title, and date. Refer to them in your text as (Fig. 1).

ARTH 2839/3839 and ENGL 3510


Winter Quarter, 2001



WEEK 1  Orientation and Overview

January 4, Thursday The Victorians and Pre-Raphaelites we know and love
WEEK 2Art: 18th Century Travels
January 9, TuesdayThe Grand Tour, Pompeii and 18th Century Rome

January 11, ThursdayThe British Response: Portraiture, Landscape and Architecture

Artists and Critics: J.J. Winckelmann, Anton Raphael Mengs, 

Giovanni Panini, Pompeo Batoni, Giovanni Piranesi, Johann Zoffany, Angelika Kauffmann, Joshua Reynolds, Benjamin West, Robert Adam, Edmund Burke, Richard Wilson, Joseph Wright of Derby

Readings: browse The Grand Tour, ed. Wilton and Bignamini, exh. Cat. Tate Gallery, London, 1996

WEEK 3  Literature: Italy imagined from Home

January 16, TuesdayRadcliffe, The Mysteries of Udolpho
January 18, ThursdayRadcliffe, The Mysteries of Udolpho
Readings: Radcliffe, The Mysteries of Udolpho

WEEK 4  Art and Literature: Ruskin’s and Turner’s Italy

January 23, TuesdayJohn Ruskin
January 25, ThursdayJ.M.W. Turner
Readings: Ruskin, Stones of Venice; browse Sarah Quill,
Ruskin’s Venice

WEEK 5  Literature: England and the Italian Renaissance

January 30, TuesdayWalter Pater, The Renaissance
February 1, ThursdayGeorge Eliot, Romola
Readings: Pater, The Renaissance; Eliot, Romola
Artists: Botticelli, Michelangelo, Della Robbia, etc.

WEEK 6  England and the Italian Renaissance, continued

February 6, TuesdayGeorge Eliot, Romola
February 8, ThursdayMID TERM EXAMINATION

WEEK 7  Art: The Pre-Raphaelites and the Italian Renaissance

February 13, TuesdayEarly Pre-Raphaelites
Paper Topics Due (graduate students)
February 15, Thursday Pre-Raphaelites, continued
Artists: William Blake (as an influence), Dante Gabriel Rossetti

WEEK 8Art and Literature: England and the Italian Renaissance, cont.

February 20, Tuesday Browning, poems

February 22, Thursday Late Pre-Raphaelites: Edward Burne-Jones

Response paper due (all students)

Readings: Browning, “My Last Duchess,” “In a Gondola,”

“Pictor Ignotus,” “The Bishop Orders His Tomb,” “Fra Lippo

Lippi,” “Andrea del Sarto,” “Two in the Campagna,” “A

Grammarian’s Funeral”; browse Wildman and Christian,

Edward Burne-Jones: Victorian Artist-Dreamer

WEEK 9  Art and Literature: The Victorians

February 27, Tuesday The Nude in Victorian Art
Annotated Bibliography due (graduate students)
March 1, ThursdayCharles Dickens, Pictures from Italy
Readings: Dickens, Pictures from Italy; browse Smith,

The Victorian Nude

WEEK 10  Art: The High Victorian Renaissance

March 6, TuesdayReturn to the Classics: The Parthenon Sculptures revisited
CD-Rom assignment due (undergraduate students)
Annotated bibliography (graduate students)
March 8, ThursdayThe Classics, continued

Readings:Keats, “On First Seeing the Elgin Marbles”;

Jenkins, “Frederic Lord Leighton and Greek Vases” (Xerox

On reserve); browse High Victorian Renaissance, exh. Cat.

Artists:Lord Leighton, Alma-Tadema, Albert Moore

WEEK 11  Conclusions

Tuesday, March 13Graduate Student Presentations
Graduate Student Papers Due
Thursday, March 15Final Exam for Undergraduate Students