Nov. 15, 2004
Courses and Syllabi
Dr. Laura L. Runge
Office: CPR 301J
3:00 - 5:50 pm
Room: CPR 351
This course surveys British literature from 1660-1700 with
a focus on poetic forms, drama and emerging prose fiction.
The literature is tightly interwoven with the turbulent
political and social history of the period, and so the class
will also be learning about English society in the aftermath
of the civil war and interregnum, the restoration and reign of
the Stuart kings and the glorious or “bloodless” revolution.
Other prominent themes include sex, gender, violence and
religion. The literature draws heavily from three major figures:
John Dryden; John Wilmot, the earl of Rochester, and Aphra Behn.
Many other writers will be included. This is an appropriate
course for students preparing for the master’s examination in
Restoration and Eighteenth-century literature as well as graduate
students pursuing an interest in early modern culture, poetry,
drama, gender or British literature.
This course is designed to meet the following objectives:
to introduce students to the variety of styles, genres and
themes of British literature and history 1660-1700, primarily
through the works of three dominant figures: Dryden, Rochester and Behn;
to identify and analyze themes of gender, class, race,
nationality and party politics in this literature;
to identify and analyze the ways in which authors from
the Restoration constructed literary values and to put this
into the context of discussions of literary transcendence and
to familiarize students with the secondary resources on this
literature and the strategies for doing research in Restoration literature;
for students to prepare and present critical bibliographies on
selected works from the syllabus and to organize discussions
around the issues and problems represented therein;
for students to demonstrate critical thinking and writing and
research skills in a 5-10 page paper on performance or production of drama;
for students to demonstrate a mastery of objectives 1-4 in
a comprehensive examination.
(All assignments must be read in full before the date of discussion.)
Restoration Plays, ed. Brice Harris, McGraw-Hill, 1966 ISBN 0 07 553658 7
An Anthology of Seventeenth-Century Fiction, ed. Paul Salzman.
Oxford UP 2001 corrected edition, ISBN 0192839551
Female Playwrights of the Restoration: Five Comedies, ed. Paddy Lyons, et
al, Tuttle, 1994 ISBN 0460874276
Aphra Behn. Oroonoko, The Rover and Other Works, ed. Janet Todd, Penguin,
1993 ISBN 0140433384
Hammond, Paul. Restoration Literature: An Anthology, Oxford UP,
2002 ISBN 0 19 283331 6
Early Modern Women’s Writing: An Anthology, 1560-1700, ed. Paul Salzman,
Oxford, Oxford UP, 2000 ISBN 0585369844 (avail. as e-book through
John Dryden, The Major Works, ed. Keith Walker, Oxford 2003, ISBN 0192840770
Lord Rochester, ed. Paddy Lyons, Tuttle, 1997, ISBN 0460878190
Fisk, Deborah C Payne (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to English
Restoration Theatre (Cambridge 2000) (On Reserve PR 691.C35 2000).
Zwicker, Steven N. (ed.) The Cambridge Companion to English
Literature 1650-1740 (Cambridge 1998)
This class will be interacting with the Blackboard website for ENL6236.002F04, to be
located on your MY USF website. To register and log in, visit https://my.usf.edu
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.
CHECK IT DAILY!
Notes, discussion questions and more detailed reading assignments
will be posted to the website for each class; to access these, click
on the date on the syllabus. There will be additional critical reading
assigned for each class.
Aug. 25: Introductions
In addition to the scheduled readings, students should
familiarize themselves with a general sense of the history
of the period by selecting works from the class bibliography
and reserve reading list. For general history, the Pelican series
on Stuart England is good. Also browse through the biographies
of Dryden, Rochester and Behn on reserve. Johnson’s Life of Dryden
also available online at
Samuel Johnson's Lives of the Poets is a particularly good source on the laureate’s life and works and how
they were received in the eighteenth century; it ought to be read early
on in the semester.
Sept. 1: Political Ends of Poetry
Hammond, Intro and pp. 3-38 (Excerpts from Clarendon, Pepys,
Evelyn on the Restoration); also Dryden’s Astrea Redux; excerpts
from Marvell’s Last Instructions and Rochester’s Satire on Charles II.
Sept. 8: Political Ends of Poetry
Hammond, pp. 38-73 (including Dryden’s Absalom and Achitophel)
Sept. 15:Gender, Sex and Marriage:
Behn: A Pindaric Poem to the Reverend Bishop Burnet (Todd 347-350)
The Querelle des Femme (Reserve reading)
Sept. 22: Drama: Introduction, Heroic Tragedy, Mock-Heroic
Dryden: Conquest of Granada Part 1 (in Works on reserve)
Sept. 29: Drama: Tragedy and Tragicomedy
Oct. 6: Drama: Comedies 1670s
Oct. 13: Drama: Comedy of the late Restoration
Oct. 20: Drama: Female Wits
Oct. 27: Literary Values – Poetry
Nov. 3: Literary Values – Prose
Buckingham: The Rehearsal (Harris 3-57)
Dryden: Essay on Dramatic Poesy (entire work in Walker edition);
Heads of an Answer to Rymer; Preface to Fables (see Walker);
Also Hammond pp. 189-196.
Nov. 10: Amorous Lyrics
Nov. 17: Panegyric/Elegy/ Satire
Dryden: To My Honoured Kinsman (Hammond 161-166),
To the Memory of Mr. Oldham (Hammond 177-8); An Ode on the Death
of Mr. Henry Purcell (See Walker)
Nov. 24: Early Novel –
Rochester: Upon Nothing (Hammond 378) and
Satire Against Reason and Mankind (Hammond 371)
Behn: The Fair Jilt (Todd 27-72); Oroonoko (Todd 73-142);
The Unfortunate Happy Lady (Salzman)
Dec. 1: Early Novel
Dangerfield: Don Tomazo (Salzman)
Congreve: Incognita, including preface (Salzman)
Graded Assignments (200 points total)
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.
Description of Graded Assignments
For general description and specific requirements of this assignment,
see my webpage on weekly posts.
For each class, I will post a series of discussion questions and
related information about the day’s reading. From this list, you
can choose a question to focus your writing. Also, try to
incorporate the ideas and observations made in other posts by your
classmates. It is also your responsibility to read the posts
(and print them out if necessary) before class, so that we can use
these ideas as the starting point for our class discussion.
Critical Bibliography and Student Led Discussions:
With the exception of classes on 9/1 and 9/15 and the five classes
on Restoration Drama (9/22-10/20) each class will be initiated
and focused by at least one student presenter. The anchor of the
student presentation will be a formal annotated bibliography on
the critical materials related to all or part of the day’s assigned
reading. This should be photocopied or posted to the Blackboard
site for everyone to share. This critical bibliography should
present at least 10 items in separate entries in alphabetical order
by author. The annotations should cover a full description (if
you are using only part of a reference, make clear how it fits into
the whole) and an assessment of its strengths and weaknesses.
Also summarize the key points that you have gleaned from it.
Students will sign up for specific classes during our second class
meeting. Your research on this critical bibliography should begin
as soon as you identify your date and topic. You should begin by
checking the references listed in the course bibliography, but you
also should use the list of library references I have provided in
my list of “Eighteenth-century Reference and Research”
includes both online sources and indexes and materials housed
in the reference section of the library. Call numbers are provided.
For class discussion, please summarize the major secondary works, critical
issues and problems that you encountered in the research, and tie these
to discussion questions on the material for class. Your presentation of
the bibliography should last between 10 and 15 minutes, but discussion
can be shared among the class members after this point.
You will be graded on the coverage of research materials, the pertinence
of the items presented, the formal presentation of the bibliography
(MLA standards and clear, concise and correct writing), the range and
relevance of discussion questions you provide. If you have questions
at any point on the preparation of these materials, please contact me
or raise them in class.
Research Paper on Theatre
During the five weeks we spend on Restoration theatre, students should
be involved in research on various aspects of the field. In particular,
I would like students to choose a play and some aspect of performance
or production on which to report. These papers will be read to the
class as one would present a conference paper on the day for which the
play is assigned. (Consequently, we will have two or three presenters
each class). While these papers need to be based in research and
documented appropriately, they do not necessarily have to involve
original interpretation of the text. There is a substantial body
of reference material available for the study of production and
performance in Restoration theatre, and you should begin your research
by investigating the works listed on the course bibliography for drama
. In particular you should consult The London Stage (on reserve
and available as an e-book, see part I) and the Biographical Dictionary
. . . of Stage Personnel in London 1660-1800 (16 vols. in
reference PN2597.H5 and as an e-book). Please follow rules
for MLA documentation and style. Also, see my own guidelines for
Throughout the course we will identify issues and questions
that will serve as good master’s level questions in preparation
for the general exam. The final examination for this class will
be a comprehensive essay test in which the students should
demonstrate an understanding of the literature, history and social
issues; skills of critical analysis and an awareness of critical issues.
Attendance and Participation
See class policies.
- Jim May's Bibliographies -- C18-L
This selective checklist, partially annotated, enumerates printed sources for studying the period 1660-1820 published since 1988.
It combines the lists of bibliographic tools compiled by Jim May for the September 1998, January 1999, and May 1999 issues of
the East-Central Intelligencer, the newsletter-journal I edit for the East-Central American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies.
- 18C Bibliographies on-line Maintained by Jack Lynch, one of the many excellent on-line resources on general studies in eighteenth-century scholarship.
- Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies
Online Research Resources Maintained by the University of YOrk, this site provides links to relevant catalogues, bibliographies, databases, general 18thC resources,projects, institutions and societies, e-journals and e-texts archives,
as well as a list of sites organized according to research interests
- A Preface to Eighteenth
Century Poetry Classic scholarship by James Sutherland, on line. First published
in 1948, this work is now published by "Smartboard."
The Art of English Poetry by Edward Bysshe. This work, now online through
the University of Virginia, was a popular poetry handbook in the eighteenth century. Its
contents reveal what eighteenth-century reading audiences perceived to be standard
tastes in poetry.
- The Age of Dryden. Another classic
scholarly text online, this site -- run by Bartleby.com -- offers volume viii in the Cambridge
History of English and American literature, Edited by A. W. Ward & A. R. Waller.
Websites dedicated to Restoration subjects
- The World of London Theatre
Patricia Craddock (U Florida) with the help of her
graduate students authored this site on The World of
London Theatre 1660-1800. While some links offer better
information than others, it is an inspired site that
provides excellent pictures to give a feel for the theatre world.
- Thumbprints of Ephelia, hosted
by ReSoundings and written by Maureen Mulvihill, Ph.D., this site offers extensive
background and argument for the identification of the pseudonymous female poet of
the Restoration court, Ephelia. A fascinating case of literary detective work. Includes
a sound file with a contemporary recording of one of Ephelia's songs.
Voice of the Shuttle -- phenomenal
web resource serving as a central location and interface for web information on
literature. This link will take you to resources on Restoration literature.
Note: there are many websites on individual authors. Use your discretion in choosing
sites for your research. Generally, websites should be used for bibliographical or pictorial
information, and you should continue to use print sources for other sources of information.
(This, of course, does not refer to peer-reviewed web journals or databases that
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