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ENL 3230
British Literature 1616-1780

Spring 2004
Time: Tuesday and Thursday
11:00am - 12:15 pm
Room: SOC 149

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    1. Course Description

      Based in Enlightenment ideas, the literature of this course explores large questions, like "what is truth?" "what is virtue?" and "what is order?" From kings to milkmaids, God to slaves, the literature reflects and participates in the changing dynamics of emerging modernity. It anticipates contemporary concerns of gender, race and class as well as questions of beauty and literary form. We will study epic, satire, lyric and fictional narratives.

      With a self-consciousness that anticipates the post-modern aesthetic, Restoration and eighteenth-century authors are also interested in what makes good literature, a question that likewise concerns us as students of literature. The course is aimed toward revealing how eighteenth-century writers envision virtue and pleasure and how literature teaches us the various shades of truth.

      Just as the eighteenth-century witnessed the effects of new print technologies, we in the 21st century are experiencing the revolution in electronic media; this class will be integrated with these new forms in an effort to expose students to the capacities of the internet and worldwide web, as well as to maximize our appreciation of the literature through extended electronic discussions and greater access to eighteenth-century texts. Students should be prepared for extensive use of computers; I recommend that students new to the internet visit the library for instruction and to acquire their free computer accounts.


      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 Restoration and eighteenth century;

      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 cooperative learning strategies in the classroom and through weekly electronic discussions;

      for students to develop formal writing skills through the writing-intensive focus of the classroom;

    Required Materials

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

    British Literature 1640-1789: An Anthology, Second edition; Ed. by Robert Demaria, Jr., 1996


    Harvey Birenbaum, The Happy Critic,(Mayfield Publishing Company, 1997)

    Donald Greene, The Age of Exuberance: Backgrounds to Eighteenth-Century Literature, 1660-1785 McGraw Hill Companies, 1970

    Liza Picard, Dr. Johnson's London: Coffee Houses and Climbing Boys, St. Martin's Press, 2002
    Liza Picard, Restoration London: Engaging Anecdotes and Tantalizing Trivia, Morrow/Avon, 2000

    Jonathan Swift, Gulliver's Travels, (Dover or any edition)

    Alexander Pope, Essay on Man & Other Poems, (Dover or any edition of his poems)
    Most of these literature texts are available on-line. See related sites and hyperlinks within syllabus.

    Electronic Media

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

    Course List-serv -- information on this to follow --

    My website: information on class, assignments and links to other important sites on literature, etc.

    Other important websites are listed in the schedule of reading and following the assignments.


    NOTE: Individual class notes are being updated for 2004. Check date last updated to be certain you have the 2004 notes.


    Jan. 6: Introductions

    Jan. 8:

      John Dryden, "Mac Flecknoe" (1676?)
      Demaria, p. 175

      The Happy Critic, introduction and chaps. 1 & 2;
      (on reserve)

      DUE: Weekly Post #1

      *** READ Chapter 7 of The Happy Critic, as soon as possible.

    Jan. 13:

      Thomas Sprat: from The History of the Royal Society (1667)
      See notes. (First edition Demaria, p. 401.)

      John Locke: from An Essay Concerning the True Original Extent and End of Civil Government (1690)
      Demaria, p. 214
      Greene, chaps. 1 & 2. (on reserve)

    Jan. 15:

    DUE: Weekly Post #2

    ***** VIRTUE AND TRUTH -- THE EPIC *****

    Jan. 20:

      John Milton, from Paradise Lost (1667) -- see handout for selections
      Demaria, pp. 42-130

    Jan. 22: Milton, cont.

    DUE: Weekly Post #3

    Jan. 27: Milton, cont.

    Jan. 29: Milton, cont.

      On Reserve: Greene, chaps. 3 & 4

    DUE: Weekly Post #4

    Feb. 3:

      John Dryden, from preface to Annus Mirabilis (1667)
      see class notes

      Joseph Addison and Richard Steele, Spectator #267, #279 (1712)
      Demaria, p. 503

      Samuel Johnson, from Milton (1781)
      Demaria, p. 716


    Feb. 5:

      Alexander Pope, The Rape of the Lock (1714)
      Demaria, p. 531

      DUE: Weekly Post #5

    Feb. 10: Rape of the Lock, cont.

    Feb. 12:

      Anna Barbauld, "Washing Day" (1797)
      Demaria, p. 869

      The Happy Critic, chaps. 3 & 4

      DUE: Weekly Post #6


    Feb. 17:

      Stephen Duck, "The Thresher's Labour" (1730)
      Demaria, p. 634

      Mary Collier, "The Woman's Labour" (1739)
      Demaria, p. 726

    DUE: Weekly Post #7

    NO CLASS February 19
      Class invited to attend lectures on Transatlantic Crossings
      during the DeBartolo Conference
      at Embassy Suites

    Feb. 24:

      Mary Leapor, "Epistle to a Lady," "An Essay on Woman"
      Demaria, p. 775, 778

      DUE: Paper 1


    Feb. 26:

      Aphra Behn, Oroonoko (1688)
      Demaria, p. 245

      DUE: Weekly Post #8

    Mar. 2:

      Aphra Behn, Oroonoko cont.

      The Happy Critic, chaps. 5 & 6


    Mar. 4

      William Cowper, "The Negro's Complaint" (1789)
      Demaria, p. 827

      Olaudah Equiano, from The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano (1789)
      Demaria, p. 871

      William Blake, "Little Black Boy" (1787),
      Demaria, p 912

      DUE: Weekly Post #9

    Mar. 16

    March 18:

    DUE: Rewrite/Imitation/Recitation


    Mar. 23:

    Mar. 25: Gulliver's Travels cont.

    Mar. 30:

      Thomas Hobbes, from The Leviathan (1651)
      Demaria, p. 6

      John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester, "Satire Against Reason and Mankind" (1680?)
      Demaria, p. 281

    April 1:


    April 6:

      Samuel Johnson, The History of Rasselas (1759)
      Demaria, p. 660


    April 8:

      George Cheyne, from The English Malady (1733)
      See notes. (First edition Demaria, p. 659.)

      Anne Finch, The Spleen (1713)
      Demaria, p. 344

      DUE: Weekly Post #13

    April 13:


    April 15:

      Edmund Burke, from A Philosophical Enquiry (1759)
      Demaria, pp. 797-802

      and "On Taste"

      [CUT -- Mary Leapor, "Crumble Hall"
      Demaria, p. 779]
      Please note this represents a change in the schedule.

      DUE: Weekly Post#14

    April 20:

      Thomas Gray, "An Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard" (1751)
      Recommended: "The Progress of Poesy" (1768)
      Demaria, pp. 750, 753
      Please note this represents a change in the schedule.

    April 22:

      William Collins,"Ode to Evening" (1748)
      Recommended: "Ode on a Poetical Character" (1747) Demaria, pp. 771,769
      Please note this represents a change in the schedule.

      DUE: Weekly Post#15

    Take-home final examination Due April 27.

    Graded Assignments

    Attendance/Participation/Quizzes 5%

    Weekly Posts (15) 20%

    Paper 1 (2-3 pp.) -- (close reading) 15%
    Due Feb. 24

    Rewrite/Imitation/Recitation 10%
    Due March 18

    Paper 2 (6-8 pp.) -- Relevance/Analysis/Biography 25%
    Due April 13

    Final Examination 25%
    Due Dec. April 27

    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.

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