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    LIT 6236
    Introduction to 18th Century
    Literature and Research

    Spring 2001
    Time: Monday 3-5:50p
    Room: CPR 343
      This course has been designed to meet the following objectives:

    • To introduce students to the authors and literature of the period known as the "Long Eighteenth century";

    • To have students work with research and indexing tools designed for the study of eighteenth-century British literature, and to produce a well-documented, firmly grounded research project;

    • To introduce students to the current trends in eighteenth-century literary research;

    • To have students develop critical understanding of the above and to demonstrate this through weekly writings, in-class presentation and discussion and a final research paper.

  • Required Texts

  • Electronic Media

  • Schedule

  • Assignments

  • Related Sites

Required Texts

(All assignments must be read in full before the date of discussion.)

DeMaria, Robert (ed.) British Literature 1640-1789 (Blackwell Publishers, 1996)

Recommended Text

Richter, David H. (ed.) Ideology and Form in Eighteenth-century Literature (Lubbock: Texas Tech University Press, 1999) Vickery, Amanda The Gentleman's Daughter: Women's Lives in Georgian England (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1998)

Electronic Media

For an general introduction to List-serv and Internet functions, see USF Academic Computing Home Page.

Class List-serve: All members are required to participate in the electronic list. Each week one student will post his or her critical paper to the list; the rest of the class will post thoughtful responses to the paper and the reading for the week. This forum is also open for other relevant discussions. For further information see the description of class assignments.
My website: information on class, assignments and links to other important sites on literature, etc.


Day Date Class
M 1/8 Introductions: receive readings/writing assignment
M 1/15 MLK Day -- No Class: POST #1: email syllabus suggestions (according to 1st Assignment)
M 1/22 Discuss Readings: "Recent Studies in Restoration and 18th-Century Literature" SEL 1998, 1999, 2000;
Introduction to DeMaria;
TOC from Longman Anthology;
Rec. Richter, vii-xii, 3-14-241-254
Post #2: What are the most important questions which recent studies
in 18th-century literature pursue?
M 1/29 Library Tools - instruction by Reference Librarian and Special Collections
Meet Lib 201.
Post #3
M 2/5 John Dryden:
(Poetry) Mac Flecknoe, Absalom and Achitophel (see LION database),
To the Memory of Mr. Oldham, To Anne Killigrew, Alexander's Feast (LION)
(Prose) Essay on Dramatic Poesie: University of Toronto, 1996, Edited by Ian Lancashire
Post#4: See email discussion questions.
M 2/12 Katherine Philips, selections in DeMaria
Anne Finch, The Introduction, Nocturnal Reverie (LION), The Spleen
Elizabeth Singer Rowe, selections in DeMaria, Ode to Beauty (LION)
Presenter: Donna Bauer (Katherine Philips)
Post #5 See discussion questions.
DeBartolo Conference on Eighteenth-Century Studies on Campus Feb. 15-17: Attendance recommended
M 2/19 Aphra Behn: Novella Oroonoko
(Poems) The Disappointment, To the Fair Clarinda, Love Armed (LION), The Willing Mistress (LION), Pindarick on the death of our late sovereign (LION)
Presenter: Ana Cosme
Post #6
M 2/26 William Wycherley (Restoration comedy) The Country Wife
John Gay (comic opera) Beggar's Opera
(Renaissance Editions, from the University of Oregon, 1995), with informative introduction and useful notes
Presenter: Mike Walsh (Wycherley);
Joy Pasini (Gay)
Post #7
M 3/5 Jonathan Swift (Poems): selections in DeMaria (4) plus Verses on the Death of Doctor Swift (LION)
(Prose) Gulliver's Travels, Book Four
Presenter: Jonette Lagamba
Post #8
M 3/12 Spring Break -- No Class
M 3/19 Alexander Pope: Rape of the Lock, Of the Characters of Women, from The New Dunciad Presenter: Hongwei Shang
Post #9
M 3/26 Eliza Haywood: Fantomina
Defoe: selections in DeMaria
Presenter: Danielle Mall (Haywood)
Post #10
M 4/2 Samuel Johnson: (Poetry) Vanity of Human Wishes
Prose: Rasselas, Preface to Shakespeare , selections from The Rambler(University of Virginia Electronic Text Center)
Presenter: Bettina Lofaro
Post #11
M 4/9 Frances Burney, Evelina (to be ordered individually) Presenter: Sara Alston
Post #12
M 4/16 Thomas Gray: Ode to Eton (LION), Elegy in a Country Churchyard
Anna Barbauld: Washing Day, others from DeMaria
William Blake: from Songs of Innocence and from Songs of Experience
Presenter: David Aneja (Blake)
Post #13
M 4/23 Revolution: Selections in DeMaria from Burke's Reflections on the Revolution in France; Paine and Wollstonecraft Presenter:
Post #14

Graded Assignments

Weekly Postings to class list-serv (14) 42 points

In-class presentation 58 points

Research paper 100 points

This syllabus is subject to change.

** Students who anticipate the necessity of being absent from class due to the observation of a major religious observance must provide notice of the date(s) to the instructor, in writing, by the second class meeting.

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