Dec. 5, 2006
Courses and Syllabi
Dr. Laura L. Runge
Office: CPR 301J
Office hours: F 06
And By Appt
British Literature 1616-1780
Dec 7: Conclusions- exam prep DUE: Paper 3
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"
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;
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).
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
Compare the use of the heroic epistle in Pope and Lady Mary Wortley Montagu's poems
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.
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?
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