British Literature in the Enlightenment: Individualism, Consumer Culture, the Public Sphere|
England was changing rapidly in the 17th and 18th centuries. Indeed, it is often said that this period was crucial for the emergence of individualism, consumer culture, and the public sphere--for the modern world itself. The period is sometimes described as the Age of Reason, but it was also an age of bawdy laughter, intense emotion, brazen self-promotion, serious faith, and gossip in coffeehouses and magazines. It was an age, too, of flourishing marketplaces, imperial expansion, slavery, and abolition. This course will track how literary writers celebrated, condemned, participated in, or simply tried to make sense of their changing moment (and the changing understandings of literature available in it).
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ENGL)(ENGL-Literature)
||Past Enrollment Probability: 75% - 89%
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
William Wycherly, THE COUNTRY WIFE
Daniel Defoe, ROBINSON CRUSOE
Jonathan Swift, GULLIVER'S TRAVELS
Laurence Sterne, A SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY
Mary Wollstonecraft, A VINDICATION OF THE RIGHTS OF WOMAN
Selected writings by John Milton, Andrew Marvell, the Earl of Rochester, Bernard Mandeville, Alexander Pope, Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, Joseph Addison, Eliza Haywood, Samuel Johnson, Thomas Gray, Stephen Duck, Mary Leapor, Olaudah Equiano, and others.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Midterm and final exams, a presentation, and several short writing assignments
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course fulfills the Literary History II requirement and contributes to the British Literature concentration of the English major.
|Instructor(s): Smith,Courtney Weiss Times: ..T.R.. 01:10PM-02:30PM; Location: FISK305; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 40||SR major: 5||JR major: 10|| || |
|Seats Available: 16||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 5||JR non-major: 10||SO: 10||FR: 0|
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