Credit hours: 3
|Joseph Andrews and Shamela||Henry Fielding||Penguin||0-393-92833-0|
|The Beggar's Opera||John Gay||Penguin/Viking||0-14-043220-5|
|The Other Eighteenth Century||Uphays & Foster, Eds.||U of Michigan||0-93719111049-x|
|*Gulliver's Travels and Other Writings||J. Swift (ed. Landa)||Houghton/Mifflin/Riverside||0-395-05123-1|
Course Objectives: The aim is to develop in students an understanding and enjoyment of some of the major works of the traditional 18th-century English canon, as well as writings from the "other" 18th century--represented by women of letters. The focus will be primarily, though not exclusively, on satirical writings, and a "His & Hers" approach will occasionally be used. Since no work is written in isolation of its political, intellectual, social, and artistic milieu, attention will be given to the works both as individual pieces of literature and as reflections of their times, and relevant critical issues will be examined.
Course Content: The course will cover poetry, drama, and fiction and will include the following authors: Aphra Behn, the Earl of Rochester, Jonathan Swift, Anne Finch, Alexander Pope, John Gay, and Henry Fielding. *Note: an additional required textbook is Poetry and Prose of Alexander Pope, published by Houghton/Mifflin/Riverside, ISBN 0-3395-05156-8
Method of Presentation: Lectures and class discussion, as well as two films.
Method of Evaluation: Three papers and participation in class discussion.