Harlots, Rakes, and Libertines|
Spring 2012 not offered
The Age of Enlightenment was also the age of the libertine, when artists, intellectuals, and members of European cities began to formulate new philosophies of pleasure and personal freedom aimed at liberating people from the tyranny of repressive dogmas. At the same time, the rapid growth of Europe's cities gave rise to many of the distinctive ills of modernity--increasing poverty, prostitution, and public disorder--prompting a conservative backlash from religious authorities who saw the traditional structures of family and religion under attack. This class will introduce students to some of the major literary and nonliterary texts of the libertine Enlightenment and will explore some of the historical roots of our present-day culture wars.
Discussion, essays and short responses.
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|Course Format: Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (FGSS)
George Etherege, THE MAN OF MODE
Aphra Behn, THE ROVER
Daniel Defoe, MOLL FLANDERS
Eliza Haywood, FANTOMINA
John Cleland, MEMOIRS OF A WOMAN OF PLEASURE
|Examinations and Assignments: |
3 four- to five-page essays, regular short response papers
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course meets the Literary History II and Literature of Difference requirements for the English major.
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