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The Conversational Eighteenth Century
ENGL 359
Fall 2006 not offered

We often think of reading and writing as serious, solitary activities, and the Enlightenment in particular is commonly associated with cool reason and disengaged observation. In the eighteenth century, however, writing, reading, and talking were much closer than they are today, and the period offers us powerful models for thinking of literary activity as a form of dialogue. This course will examine the eighteenth century's considerable interest in play, ridicule, unruly argument, and sociable pleasure. In reading British, French, and American literature, we will explore the different ways in which satire, correspondence, essays, dialogues, and novels represent and embody conversational exchange.

Essential Capabilities: Ethical Reasoning, Speaking
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA ENGL
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None

Last Updated on APR-16-2024
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