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Course Description: A
course in Restoration and Eighteenth Century literature with an
emphasis on John Dryden, John Bunyan, Jonathan Swift, Alexander Pope,
and Samuel Johnson.
Course Rationale: British
literature between 1660-1789 is very much in transition. Coming after
the great works of Shakespeare and Milton and immediately before
Wordsworth and the English Romantics, the literature of this period is
notable for the rise of restoration drama, satiric poetry written in
heroic couplets, the proliferation of prose fiction culminating in the
appearance of the novel, and the first great literary critic, Samuel
Johnson. This course will focus upon each of these with an eye toward
equipping students to see the literary value and historical significance
of Restoration and 18th Century British Literature.
The Norton Anthology of English Literature, 8th ed. V. 1
The Pilgrim's Progress, John Bunyan
Moll Flanders, Daniel Defoe
Pamela, Samuel Richardson
Joseph Andrews, Henry Fielding
The Rise of the Novel, Ian Watt
A Handbook to Literature, Eds. William Harmon and C. Hugh Holman
MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 5th ed., Ed. Joseph Gibaldi.
Also, see Oxford Reference Online www.oxfordreference.com
for some basic reference assistance. It contains desktop access to 100
key Oxford dictionaries and reference works. The Core Collection brings
together 100 language and subject dictionaries and reference works -
containing well over 60,000 pages - into a single cross-searchable
resource. Also, see the Oxford English Dictionary, the grandfather of all dictionaries at http://dictionary.oed.com
Course Objective: The
objective of this course is that you will survey in depth the important
literature of England from 1660-1789. As a part of this study, you
will be exposed to the significant political, religious, and
philosophical ideas of the period and their connections literary themes
and motifs. By the end of the course you should be able to articulate
the major shifts that occurred in British literature between Milton and
Additionally, there are several questions we will consider as we work through the novels, including, but not limited to:
1. What is satire? What are the different kinds of satire popular in English literature from 1660-1769?
2. Why is restoration drama so different from Elizabethan drama?
3. What conditions conspired to launch the popularity prose non-fiction?
4. What is a novel?
5. Why has the novel become so much more popular than poetry or drama?
6. How does the literature of this period prepare the way for the English Romantics?
7. Why does literary criticism become important during this period?
8. How pivotal is knowledge of Scripture when reading, analyzing, and interpreting the literature of this period?
9. Do the writers of this period share, broadly speaking, a Christian view of the world? If so, how so? If not, why not?
1. That you read and analyze the significant drama, poetry, prose non-fiction, and prose fiction of England written 1660-1789.
2. That you be able to describe the characteristic of restoration drama.
3. That you be able to define
Horatian vs. Juvenalian satire as well as the literary characteristics
of 18th century satiric poetry and prose.
4. That you examine the development of prose non-fiction.
5. That you analyze reasons why the novel developed as a popular genre of literature when it did.
6. That you examine the development of literary criticism in the English tradition.
7. That you write one book review.
8. That you write a literary analysis and demonstrate your ability to gather information and present it effectively by combining summary with analysis, application with theory, and research with synthesis.
9. That you turn in all important written assignments via email attachments.
10. That you learn to value the
literature covered in this course as something that can enrich your
life, revealing the complexity of the human experience and informing
your spiritual life.
John Bunyan's The Pilgrim's Progress (in class essay)
William Congreve's The Way of the World
Selected writings of John Dryden and Samuel Pepys
Daniel Defoe's Moll Flanders (in class essay)
Samuel Richardson's Pamela
Henry Fielding's Joseph Andrews (in class essay)
The prose of Joseph Addison and Richard Steele
The poetry of Alexander Pope
Johnson's The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abyssinia (in class essay)
1. There will be quizzes, journals, presentations, and in class essays that will constitute 60% of your grade in the course.
2. A book review of The Rise of the Novel will count 10%. Due by midnight April 1.
3. You will also write a literary analysis of 1,250 to 1,500 words (5 to 6 pages). The analysis will count 10% of your final grade and is due by 3:30 p.m. May 2.
4. You will develop a creative project based upon your personal reaction to anything we have studied throughout the semester. I prefer that this project be creative in whatever fashion you are creative. For
example, in the past students have put on skits, built or baked various
things, written songs, done videotape or computer presentations,
painted pictures, sculpted figures, done needlepoint, conducted
interviews, written satires, and so on. “The sky’s the limit” but you should check out your idea with me before you begin. Group projects are possible but need to be approved by me. The project will count 10% of your final grade and must be presented in front of the class on or before the last regular class meeting.
5. The remaining 10%
will come from your class participation, discussion, regular
attendance, homework, reserve and supplemental reading, group work and
various short writing assignments.
6. There are a total of 1000 pts possible in the course. Final grades will be compiled using the following guidelines:
1000-900 A to A-
899-800 B+ to B-
799-700 C+ to C-
699-600 D+ to D-
Bibliography: Of much interest to you will be the multiple resources available via electronic databases, especially JSTOR. The following books are on three day reserve in the library and will helpful as you begin
research on your literary analysis:
Baker, Ernest. The History of the Novel, 11 volumes.
Barnett, Louise. Swift's Poetic Worlds.
Bloom, Harold. Daniel Defoe.
---------. Jonathan Swift.
Boyle, Frank. Swift As Nemesis: Modernity & Its Satirist.
Butt, John. The Mid-Eighteenth Century (OHEL).
Clark, J. C. D. English Society, 1660-1832.
Clingham, Greg, ed. Cambridge Companion to Samuel Johnson.
Crook, Keith. A Preface to Swift.
Cross, Wilber. The Development of the English Novel.
Damrosch, David. The Longman Anthology of British Literature: The Restoration and the Eighteenth Century.
Demaria, Robert, ed. British Literature 1640-1789: A Critical Reader.
Dobree, Bonamy. English Literature in the Early Eighteenth Century (OHEL).
Fisk, Deborah C. Payne, ed. The Cambridge Companion English Restoration Theatre.
Gay, David. Awakening Words; John Bunyan and the Language of Community.
Hammond, Paul, ed. John Dryden: Tercentenary Essays.
Kishlansky, Mark. A Monarchy Transformed: Britain 1603-1714.
McKeon, Michael. The Origins of the English Novel, 1600-1740.
Mullett, Michael. John Bunyan in Context.
Novak, Maximillian E. Daniel Defoe: Master of Fictions : His Life and Ideas.
Phiddian, Robert. Swift's Parody.
Reddick, Allen. The Making of Johnson's Dictionary (1746-1773).
Richetti, John, ed. The Cambridge Companion to the Eighteenth Century Novel.
Rogers, Pat. Essays on Pope.
Rosslyn, Felicity. Alexander Pope: A Literary Life.
Sherbo, Arthur. Samuel Johnson's Critical Opinions: A Reexamination.
Sitter, John, ed. The Cambridge Companion to 18th Century Poetry.
Stevenson, Lionel. The English Novel: A Panorama.
Sutherland, James. English Literature of the Late Seventeenth Century (OHEL).
Vieth, David M. Essential Articles for Study of Jonathan Swift's Poetry.
Watt, Ian. The Rise of the Novel.
Winn, James, ed. Critical Essays on John Dryden.
Wood, Nigel, Jonathan Swift.
Zimmerman, Everett. The Boundaries of Fiction: History & the 18th Century British Novel.
Zwicker, Steven N., ed. The Cambridge Companion to English Literature, 1650-1740.
For all individual assignments students are expected to present their own work; documentation of research for your literary analysis must follow the specific criteria as outlined in the MLA Handbook for Writer of Research Papers. Cases of academic dishonesty, including but not limited to cheating and plagiarism, will result in either of failure of the assignment or of the course.
This syllabus and other details about the course, including your grades
for the course,are available through the college's online platform, Moodle. Class
discussions, tests, and writing assignments will assume you have
accessed all this materials on-line. If you need to contact me outside
of class, please free to contact me at 545-3293 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I reserve the right to make minor changes to the syllabus and course requirements as we move through the semester.