ENGL623 - Readings in Eighteenth-Century English Literature

Readings in Eighteenth-Century English Literature: Enlightenment Literature and Science.  During the British Enlightenment (spanning from the late seventeenth to the eighteenth centuries), writers and thinkers grappled with the transformation from an early modern world in which learning and political orders were inherited to a modern world that allowed for the discovery of knowledge and new forms of representational politics. With this newly modern world sensibility and politics came new possibilities for individual agency and civil society, transformations that were vividly expressed through an endorsement or critique of science. Assignments will include presentations, journals, and short papers, concluding with a conference-length essay.