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ENL 6236 Restoration Literature

Class 2: MLK day -- NO CLASS MEETING

    Class Objectives:

      Read and post on DeKrey, Gary S.Restoration and Revolution in Britain: A Political History of the Era of Charles II and the Glorious Revolution, Palgrave, 2007.

      DUE: Post 1

    Notes and Discussion Questions:

    Restoration and Revolution in Britain

    As indicated in our first class, the literature of this period is tightly interwoven with the historical contexts and conflicts of the era following the restoration of the king in 1660. I have assigned this book because it is tightly focused on the period, it is informative, and it is up to date. Still, it is history, and you are literature students. So, to keep you focused I've identified some of the followings subjects and ideas that I would like you to be able to discuss by the time you have finished this book.

      Opening of the theatres
      Colonial activity
      Anglo Dutch Wars
      Nell Gwynn
      Duke of York
      Black Plague (e.g. 64)
      London Fire (67)
      Exclusion Crisis
      Dissenter (75-84)
      Act of Oblivion
      Anglican-Presbyterian-Reformed Protestant-Catholic-Sectarian
      Declaration of Indulgence
      Secret Treaty of Dover
      Test Act (104)
      Titus Oates
      John Locke
      Rye House Plot
      Louis XIV
      James II
      William of Orange
      The Glorious Revolution

    Some questions to consider:

      Imagine you are a deeply devout member of a religious sect during Charles II's reign -- perhaps a Quaker -- how do you respond to the court ethos? To the changing politics? To the restrictions on your freedoms?

      If you currently practice one of the faiths involved in this contentious period, how do you respond to knowledge of the history of these religious laws and infractions, politics and morals?

      As a citizen of the United States (if you are), and a human in the 21st century, how do you respond to arguments for and against authoritarianism? How might you respond if you were a loyal Anglican and royalist?

      How do religious and political affiliations of this era determine or effect social and familial behaviors -- such as gender roles and expectations?

      What role did the media play in the complex intrigues and political passages of the era? Can you imagine a similar role for the literature of the period, or might it be different?

      Imagine you are an Irishman or Irishwoman during this era. What are your primary concerns? How do you respond to goings on in London? What if you were Scottish?

      What are some of the dominant characteristics of London at this time? How do you understand its importance to England? Great Britain?

      What role does war play in the political and religious decisions of the period?

      How visible are the colonies of England at this point? what role do they play?

      How does the Glorious Revolution change day-to-day life in the British Isles?

      Please note any other questions or concerns that you would like to bring to the discussion.

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