ENGL416 - Literature of the Eighteenth Century, 1700-1750

This course looks at British literature 1700-1750, including drama, the periodical essay, poetry, the travel narrative and the early novel, in historical and critical contexts. Literature in this period looks in two directions: inward toward a sophisticated urban society, and outward toward the expanding horizons of global knowledge and commerce. Students will become familiar with (1) the ethical problems raised by the period’s cosmopolitan; (2) the emergence of print culture; (3) transformations in gender identity; (4) the period’s emergent global consciousness and the ambivalence this generated. In this course, students will acquire a broad base of knowledge about the period and its literature; refine their own critical strategies for reading, learn how to conduct research in this period, and improve their critical writing. Authors will include Daniel Defoe, Eliza Haywood, Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, Jonathan Swift, Alexander Pope, William Congreve, Eliza Haywood, Joseph Addison, and Richard Steele.


Two English courses in literature; or permission of ARHU-English department.