Nov. 28, 2005
Courses and Syllabi
Dr. Laura L. Runge
Office: CPR 301J
Office hours: F 05
And By Appt
British Literature 1616-1780
Time: Tuesday and Thursday
11:00am - 12:15 pm
Room: CPR 345
This class covers the literature between the death of Shakespeare through the American Revolution,
curious dates for a literary survey. Notable historical events of the era include the English Civil Wars (1642-1646; 1648),
the beheading of King Charles I (1649), the republic (1649-1653); the Protectorate (Cromwell) (1653-1659); the Restoration 1660;
the Glorious Revolution and the settlement of the crown (1688+); Act of union with Scotland (1707); Jacobite Rebellion (1745);
Seven Years War (1756-1763); American Revolution (1775-1783).
It was a period of incredible political change with
corresponding adjustments in social, familial and especially religious practices. Because changes in these arenas challenged
fundamental beliefs about the world and about the self, the literature is, of course, very much interested in them. We
will be reading representative poetry and prose from various factions of society, from the Royalists and republicans, as well
as Anglicans and puritans. We will read the poetry of Donne, Jonson, Marvell, Phillips, Waller, Lovelace and Milton.
We will explore the dynamics of the restored monarchy through perspectives of Dissenters
and Anglicans and even the much beleaguered Catholics. Milton's Paradise Lost will be the featured work in this era,
but we will also read the humbler, innovative narrative Oroonoko by Aphra Behn. Throughout the eighteenth century
the political voices are channelled
through Whig and Tory identities, but they also incorporate the landed wealth of aristocrats versus the rising monetary power of
the classes in trade. We will read Swift and Pope along with Defoe and Addison. These emerging economic conflicts tend to
overshadow a troubling engine of economic growth during
the period: slavery and the slave trade. Human liberty and rights become prominent themes in the mid to late eighteenth
century, and this discourse begins to address the plight of the laborer and the educational needs of women as well. We will be reading
numerous works by female poets and also exploring the representations of peasants and laboring people.
The class will be divided into two parts: the seventeenth century and the eighteenth century. There will be a midterm in
between. There will be two paper assignments as well as WEEKLY informal writing assignments to be posted to the class
discussion board on BLACKBOARD. There will also be a cumulative final exam. The class format is largely discussion oriented
and driven by the informal writings which students post. Each class will have a set of discussion notes and questions available
the week before class to guide your reading and prompt your writings. There will also be one mandatory office visit, to
allow the instructor to get to know the students on a one-to-one basis.
This course is designed to meet the following objectives:
for students to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the variety of literature produced in Great Britain during
the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries;
for students to demonstrate an understanding of the history of British literature and the historical contexts
of the works of these periods;
for students to form and express critical opinions about the themes and developments in the literature through
discussion in the classroom and through weekly electronic posts to the discussion board;
for students to develop formal writing skills through the writing-intensive focus of the classroom;
(All assignments must be read in full before the date of discussion.)
The Norton Anthology of English Literature 7th edition, Volume ONE
Tobias Smollett's Humphry Clinker ed. James L. Thorson, Norton Critical Edition, (1983)
Frank O'Gorman, The Long Eighteenth Century: British Political and Social History, 1688-1832 London: Arnold,
1997, reprint 2004
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This class will be interacting with the Blackboard website for ENL3230.001F05, to be
located on your MY USF website. To register and log in, visit https://my.usf.edu
You will find the discussion board for your weekly informal postings on this Blackboard site,
and I will also post assignments, messages and further information about the class on this site.
PLEASE CHECK IT FREQUENTLY.
My website: information on class, assignments and links to other important
sites on literature, etc.
Norton Topics Online contains important supplemental information,
texts and illustrations which we will be using throughout the semester.
Other important websites will be listed in the schedule of reading and following the assignments.
NOTE: Individual class notes with detailed reading assignments will be updated weekly.
Reading Suggestions: Please read the author headnote in the Norton Anthology for every author. Also read the period
introductory essay for essential background information. We will also be using the
Norton Online materials, and so
you should be prepared to read and consult the materials there.
Aug. 30: Introductions -- Syllabus, class policies, assignments. Choose Group A or B.
Sep. 1: Donne, Herbert, Philips
Donne: "The Flea," "The Canonization," "A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning," "The Ecstacy," Holy Sonnets 10, 14,
"Hymn to God My God, in my Sickness"
Sep. 6: Jonson, Lovelace, Waller
Sep. 8: Marvell, Milton (sonnets)
Sep. 13: Milton, Paradise Lost
Sep. 15: Milton, Paradise Lost
Sep. 20: Milton, Paradise Lost
Sep. 22: Dryden, Absalom and Achitophel
Herbert: "The Altar," "Redemption," "Easter," "Easter Wings," "The Collar," "The Pulley"
Philips: "A Married State," "Upon the Double Murder of King Charles," "Friendship's Mystery," "To Mrs. M. A. at Parting,"
"On the Death of My First and Dearest Child"
Due: Post #1 Group A
Due: Post #4 Group A
Sep. 27: Dryden, MacFlecknoe and criticism
Sep. 29: Bunyan and Butler
Oct. 4: Slavery section -- selections and online
Topic for Paper 1 - close reading
Due: Post #5 Group B
Oct. 6: Aphra Behn, Oroonoko
Oct. 11: Aphra Behn, Oroonoko
Oct. 13: Review, essay exam preparation
Oct. 18: MIDTERM
Paper 1 - close reading
Oct. 20: Swift, Gullivers' Travels Book 4
Oct. 25: Alexander Pope, Rape of the Lock
Oct. 27: WRITING PROJECTS -- NO CLASS
Nov. 1: Pope, Rape of the Lock
Nov. 3: John Gay, Beggar's Opera
Nov. 8: Gay, Beggar's Opera
Nov. 10: Samuel Johnson, Rasselas
Due: Post #10 Group A
Nov. 15: Johnson, Rasselas
Nov. 17: Night poetry (Finch, Thomson, Collins)
Nov. 22: Gray, "Elegy Written in a Country Church-yard"
Nov. 24: THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY -- No CLASS
Paper 2 - Rewrite-Imitation-Recitation
Nov. 29: Boswell and Burney
Dec. 1: Smollett, Humphry Clinker
Dec. 6: Smollett, Humphry Clinker
Dec. 8: Smollett, Humphry Clinker
DECEMBER 13: Final Exam (10:30 AM - 12:30 PM)
Attendance/Participation/Office Visit 5%
Weekly Posts (13) 20%
Paper 1 (2-3 pp.) -- (close reading) 15%
Due Oct. 4 (topic due Sep. 22)
Due Nov. 10
Final Examination 25%
This syllabus is subject to change.
** Students who anticipate the necessity of being absent from class due to a major religious observance must provide notice of the date(s) to the instructor, in writing, by the second class meeting.
Students may contact me at any time by email: email@example.com
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