The Eighteenth Century

English 325, Autumn 2000

Jack Lynch

Course Description

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Office: (973) 353-5279 x 516; 516 Hill Hall.

Hours: Monday, 2:00-4:00, and by appointment (appointments are best).

Home: (609) 882-4642 (before 10:30 p.m.!).

E-mail: (the best way to reach me).

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Course Requirements

English 325 involves the following responsibilities on your part:


Four books — The Longman Anthology of British Literature, vol. 1C (abbreviated L); Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe (Oxford); Jonathan Swift, Gulliver's Travels (Dover); and Samuel Richardson, Pamela (Penguin) — are available from New Jersey Books. The remainder of the required readings are available in a photocopy pack or on-line.


This class has a mailing list called; all students are required to have an E-mail account by the end of the second week of classes and to participate in the discussions on the list. Although I have the greatest sympathy for those suffering from technological nightmares, don't expect to use computer problems as an excuse for not doing the reading or writing. If you have a computer problem, contact me.

Schedule of Class Meetings

Wed., 6 Sept.
Introduction (class business, &c.).

Mon., 11 Sept.
Stuart Sherman, "The Restoration and Eighteenth Century" (L 1979-2002); Thomas Sprat, from The History of the Royal Society (L 2042-43); John Locke, from An Essay concerning Human Understanding (L 2631-35); David Hume, from An Enquiry concerning Human Understanding (L 2647-50).
Wed., 13 Sept.
Sir John Denham, Cooper's Hill (L 2858-67); John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester, "Song" (L 2196), "The Imperfect Enjoyment" (L 2196-98), "A Satyr against Reason and Mankind" (L 2199-2203).

Mon., 18 Sept.
John Dryden, "Ode to Mrs. Anne Killigrew" (L 2109-14), Alexander's Feast (L 2114-19).
Wed., 20 Sept.
Dryden, selections from The Origin and Progress of Satire (photocopy); Mac Flecknoe (L 2103-2108). OED Exercise Due: Report on three words from Denham, Rochester, or Dryden.

Mon., 25 Sept.
George Etherege, The Man of Mode, acts I-III (L 2205-42).
Wed., 27 Sept.
Etherege, The Man of Mode, acts IV-V (L 2242-70); Jeremy Collier, from A Short View (L 2271-73); Richard Steele, Spectator 65 (L 2273-75); John Dennis, from A Defense of "Sir Fopling Flutter" (L 2275-79).

Mon., 2 Oct.
Aphra Behn, Oroonoko (L 2150-93).
Wed., 4 Oct.
Behn, Oroonoko (continued). OED Exercise Due: Report on three words from Etherege or Behn.

Mon., 9 Oct.
Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe, pp. 1-97.
Wed., 11 Oct.
Defoe, Robinson Crusoe, pp. 97-194.

Mon., 16 Oct.
Defoe, Robinson Crusoe, pp. 194-306. OED Exercise Due: Report on three words from Defoe.
Wed., 18 Oct.
Jonathan Swift, "A Description of the Morning" (L 2364-65), "A Description of a City Shower" (L 2365-67), "The Lady's Dressing-Room" (L 2370-73), "Verses on the Death of Dr. Swift" (L 2374-86).

Mon., 23 Oct.
Swift, Gulliver's Travels, part I.
Wed., 25 Oct.
Swift, Gulliver's Travels, part II.

Mon., 30 Oct.
Swift, Gulliver's Travels, part III; from Philosophical Transactions (L 2044-47); from Robert Hooke, Micrographia (L 2047-54).
Wed., 1 Nov.
Swift, Gulliver's Travels, part IV; selected letters on Gulliver's Travels (L 2447-51). First Paper Due (five to seven pages).

Mon., 6 Nov.
John Gay, The Beggar's Opera, acts I and II (L 2573-2602).
Wed., 8 Nov.
Gay, The Beggar's Opera, act III (L 2602-16); William Hogarth, The Rake's Progress (L 2616-25). OED Exercise Due: Three words from Swift or Gay.

Mon., 13 Nov.
Alexander Pope, An Essay on Criticism (L 2461-78), selections from An Essay on Man (L 2526-35); Sir Isaac Newton, from his letter to Richard Bentley (L 2628-30).
Wed., 15 Nov.
Pope, The Rape of the Lock (L 2489-2508).

Mon., 20 Nov.
Pope, An Epistle . . . to Burlington (L 2521-26), An Epistle . . . to Dr. Arbuthnot (L 2535-45). OED Exercise Due: Three words from Pope.
Wed., 22 Nov.
No class (Friday schedule).

Mon., 27 Nov.
Mary, Lady Chudleigh, "To the Ladies" (L 2139-40); Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, "Verses Addressed to the Imitator of . . . Horace" (photocopy); selection from The Athenian Mercury (L 2350-53); Richard Steele, from Tatler 104 (L 2354-55); Joseph Addison, Spectator 128 (L 2355-57); Eliza Haywood, selections from The Female Spectator (L 2357-61).
Wed., 29 Nov.
James Thomson, selections from The Seasons (L 2658-66); Anne Finch, Lady Winchilsea, "Nocturnal Reverie" (L 2668-69).

Mon., 4 Dec.
Samuel Richardson, Pamela, pp. 31-130.
Wed., 6 Dec.
Richardson, Pamela, pp. 130-278. OED Exercise Due: Three words from Chudleigh, Montagu, Steele, Addison, Haywood, Thomson, Finch, or Richardson.

Mon., 11 Dec.
Richardson, Pamela, pp. 279-392.
Wed., 13 Dec.
Richardson, Pamela, pp. 392-516. Second Paper Due (eight to ten pages).