British Literature in the Enlightenment: Individualism, Consumer Culture, and the Public Sphere|
Spring 2021 not offered
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)
William Wycherley, THE COUNTRY WIFE
Daniel Defoe, ROBINSON CRUSOE
Jonathan Swift, GULLIVER'S TRAVELS
Laurence Sterne, A SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY
Selected writings by John Milton, the Earl of Rochester, John Dryden, Anne Finch, Bernard Mandeville, Alexander Pope, Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, Joseph Addison, Eliza Haywood, Mary Astell, Samuel Johnson, Clara Reeve, Thomas Warton, Thomas Gray, Stephen Duck, Mary Collier, Ottobah Cugoano, Hannah More, Edmund Burke, and others.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
A presentation and an exam, as well as several short writing assignments that culminate in the creation of a magazine.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course fulfills the Literary History II requirement and contributes to the British Literature concentration of the English major.
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