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ENL 3230
British Literature 1616-1780

Class 29

Dec 7: Conclusions- exam prep DUE: Paper 3

    Post #13 Due - Group B

Class Objectives:

  • To do course evaluations
  • To do essay-exam writing workshop
  • To discuss content in review for exam


    Notes and Discussion Questions:

    1. Essay Exam Writing Workshop

    Linked to this website, you will find a Writing Worshop: Writing Good Answers to Essay Questions. Please review this before class. You should focus on the essay questions and answers dealing with Pride and Prejudice. We will discuss these in class.

    For this half of the semester, you are responsible for knowing the following texts:

      Pope's "Eloisa to Abelard"
      Wortley Montagu's "Epistle from Mrs. Yonge"
      Haywood's Fantomina
      Hogarth's Marriage a-la-Mode
      Smollet's Humphry Clinker
      film: The Madness of King George
      Burney's excerpts from The Journals and Letters

    You should have a full knowledge of these works, including authors, titles, characters, dates, summaries, themes, significant passages. The scope of our readings has been small so that our understanding of them could be deep.

    For your posts, please consider the following questions:

    What passages in these works present major contributions to the themes we have been discussing in the class:

      representations of the health/sick body;
      representations of the sexual body;
      representations of passion;
      gender and social customs and conventions;
      writing in letters;
      marriage and courtship;
      the role of fathers and brothers in family order (patriarchy)
      violence and the body
      the role of money or wealth in establishing a character

    Please also consider the most important thing I'd like for you take away from class: the notion that literature is not be understood simply as a literal statement but that as a conscious and artful construction of language, literature conveys meaning through form, sound, allusion, conventions, and a host of figurative devices such as metaphor and the like. Be ready to examine passages of literature for their multiple levels of meaning. We will practice this in class, but to prepare you might do some of the following exercises (and these can also serve as a post).

      Compare the use of the heroic epistle in Pope and Lady Mary Wortley Montagu's poems

      Compare the use of role-playing in Fantomina and Burney's dialogic journal entries

      Select two passages (or visual representations -- don't forget Hogarth and the film) that represent doctors; compare and contrast the representation of the doctors and their meaning in the texts.

      Consider the mode of satire in two works -- e.g. Haywood, Smollett, Hogarth or Burney. What is the target of satire and how effective is the representation?

    These ideas should get us well on the way to a review. Feel free also to bring any questions to class to clarify any difficult passages or problems.

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