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ENL 3230
British Literature 1616-1780

Fall 2006
Time: Tuesday and Thursday
11:00am - 12:15 pm
Room: SOC 303

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      Course Description

      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 also an era of amazing scientific discovery with corresponding epistemological crises. In this class we will be looking at some of the ways in which an understanding of physiology affected the representation of the body in literature. In particular we will be interested in representations of the body in three arenas: sexuality, science and the soul.

      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 three 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. We will be viewing two films (outside of class - these will be put on reserve) and each student will be responsible for part of one of the film discussions. 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 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 of a variety of literary forms and authors of British Literature from 1616-1780, poetry in particular;

      For students to develop research skills for understanding and evaluating the history and literature of the period, including working knowledge of electronic and paper format books, references and periodicals in the USF library and online;

      For students to evaluate, compare and contrast and synthesize information on the course theme, the body, as it relates to the literature of the period;

      For students to cultivate an interest in further knowledge about the field

    Required Materials

    The Norton Anthology of English Literature 8th edition, Volume B: The Sixteenth Century and the Early Seventeenth Century and Volume C: The Restoration and the Eighteenth Century

    Tobias Smollett's Humphry Clinker ed. James L. Thorson, Norton Critical Edition, (1983)


    Roy Porter, English Society in the 18th Century, second edition, Penguin, 1990, ISBN: 0140138196

    William Harmon and Hugh Holman, Handbook to Literature, tenth edition, Prentice Hall, 2005. ISBN 0131344420 (hardcover)

    Gibaldi, Joseph. MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, sixth edition, New York: MLA, 2003 ISBN 0873529863

    Faigley, Lester. Penguin Handbook, Longman Publishing, 2002. ISBN 0321067274

    Electronic Media

    For an general introduction to computing facilities and classes at USF, see USF Academic Computing Home Page.

    This class will be interacting with the Blackboard website for ENL3230.001F06, to be located on your MY USF website. To register and log in, visit .

    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 29: Introductions: The Body in the 17th and 18th Centuries
      Choose Groups A and B

    Aug 31: Post #1 Due - Group B

      Readings for 8/31- 9/14:

      NAEL volume B, The Early Seventeenth Century 1603-1660 (1235-1259)
      NAEL volume B, Literary Terminology (A41-A62)

      NAEL volume B, John Donne (1260-1263) and esp. "The Flea" (1263), "A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning" (1275), "The Ecstasy" (1276), "I am a Little World Made Cunningly" (1295)
      NAEL volume B, Katherine Philips (1690-1695), and esp. "Upon the Double Murder of King Charles" (1691), "To Mrs. M. A. at Parting" (1693), "On the Death of My First and Dearest Child" (1695)
      NAEL Volume B, Andrew Marvell (1695-1697), and esp. "A Dialogue Between the Soul and Body" (1681), "To His Coy Mistress" (1703), "The Garden" (1710)

      Jonathan Sawday, The Body Emblazoned Chapter 1 and 2 (see Blackboard Course Documents)

      History Timeline: Prelude, Civil Wars and Interregnum

    Sep 5: Post #1 Due - Group A

    Sep 7: Post #2 Due - Group B

    Sep 12: Library Orientation: Tampa Campus Library Room 209.

      Post #2 Due - Group A

    Sep 14:
      Post #3 Due - Group B

    Sep 19: Paper 1 due
      John Milton, Paradise Lost (selections, see notes) Post #3 Due - Group A

    Sep 21: Post #4 Due - Group B

    Sep 26: Post #4 Due - Group A

    Sep 28: Post #5 Due - Group B

    Oct 3: Film Discussion: Restoration (Miramax, 1996)

    Oct 5: Aphra Behn, Oroonoko (2183-2226)
      Post #6 Due - Group B

    Oct 10: Post #6 Due - Group A

    Oct 12: Post #7 Due - Group B

    Oct 17: Behn, "The Disappointment" (2180); John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester "The Imperfect Enjoyment" (2169)

      Post #7 Due - Group A

    Oct 19: Midterm

    Oct 24: Paper 2 due No POST DUE

    Oct 26: No Class - work on history project - DUE: Midterm "Letter to the Professor" in lieu of Post 8-- Both Groups

    Oct 31: Alexander Pope, Eloisa to Abelard (2532)

      Post #9 Due - Group A

    Nov 2: Lady Mary Wortley Montague, "Epistle from Mrs. Yonge" (2587)

      Post #9 Due - Group B

    Nov 7: Eliza Haywood, Fantomina (2566)
      Post #10 Due - Group A

    Nov 9: William Hogarth,Marriage A-La-Mode (2658)
      Post #10 Due - Group B

    Nov 14: Tobias Smollet, Humphry Clinker (separate edition)
      Post #11 Due - Group A

    Nov 16: Post #11 Due - Group B

    Nov 21: Post #12 Due - Group A

    Thanksgiving Break

    Nov 28: Film Discussion, The Madness of King George (Orion, 1994)

      Post #13 Due - Group A

    Nov 30: Frances Burney, The Journal and Letters (2811-2827), esp. "Encountering the King" and "A Mastectomy"
      Post #12 Due - Group B

    Dec 5: Burney, continued
    Also read Julia Epstein, "Writing the Unspeakable: Fanny Burney's Mastectomy and the Fictive Body," Representations, No. 16 (Autumn 1986): 131-166, which you can find through JSTOR at the USF Library.

    Dec 7: Conclusions- exam prep DUE: Paper 3

      Post #13 Due - Group B

    Dec 12: Final Exam (Tuesday 10:30-12:30)

    Graded Assignments

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    Attendance/Participation/Office Visit - 5%

    Weekly Posts (13) 20%

    Paper 1 (2-3 pp.) -- (close reading) 15%
    Due Sep 19

    Paper 2 -- Rewrite/Imitation/Recitation 10%
    Due Oct. 24

    Paper 3 (3-4 pp.) -- (Historical Annotation) 15%
    Due Dec. 5 or 7

    Film Discussion (2-3 pp.) 5%
    Due the night before Oct. 3 or Nov. 28

    Midterm 15%
    Oct 19

    Final Examination 15%
    Dec. 12

    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.


    Readings - the class will be assigned specific literary works to read and discuss in class as well as a variety of background or supplementary readings, indicated on the syllabus and/or on the class notes, linked to the syllabus. Students are responsible for reading everything assigned. In cases where the reading assignment is listed at the head of several dates, discretion may be used in completing the assignment, but in general it is best to have the assignment read as soon as possible. In the case of poetry, the student should read the poems early and continue to re-read them before we discuss them in class. Outside readings will be made available online through Blackboard course documents, online websites, library resources (including reserves) as well as in assigned books. Students who are unfamiliar with good strategies for reading in college literature courses should consult the document How to Read a Text .

    Weekly Informal Writings - each student will be required to submit a post to the class discussion board in answer to one of the questions raised in the class notes for the day. Sometimes I will ask for a specific assignment, such as “After reading the assignment, what questions do you have? What prompts those questions?” And sometimes there will be a series of reading comprehension and analytical questions from which to choose.

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