The Eighteenth Century
English 325, Autumn 2003
Honors College Section
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Office: (973) 353-5279 x 516; 516 Hill Hall.
Hours: Tuesday and Thursday, 10:30-11:30, and by
appointment (appointments are best).
Home: (609) 882-4642 (before 10:00 p.m.!).
E-mail: jlynch @
andromeda.rutgers.edu (the best way to reach me).
andromeda.rutgers.edu (for the whole class).
- Written Assignments: There will be two papers,
the first of around 1,500 words (six pages), the second of 2,000
(eight pages). There are also four short "OED Exercises," in
which you'll provide brief reports of your discoveries in the
Oxford English Dictionary (we'll discuss these in class).
- Final Exam: A short final examination will include
identification of quotations, close reading, and short essays.
- Attendance: Almost any excuse, given in advance
(in person, by phone, or by E-mail), will receive my blessing.
Absences not excused in advance will be frowned upon, and your
final grade will be lowered by half a grade for each unexcused
absence. The same policy applies to late papers: I'll grant
extensions, but only if you talk to me before the due
- Class Participation: Regular and active class
participation (including doing the readings) is essential, and
counts for a large part of your grade.
- Computing: Some essential information will be
available only electronically. All students therefore
must have an E-mail account by the end of the first
week of classes, and must be able to use the World
Wide Web. Participation in the mailing list (see "listserv"
above) will count toward the class participation grade. I'll
provide any computing help you need.
- Plagiarism: It should go without saying, but
all work in this class must be your own. Handing in
someone else's work as your own will result in an F for the
course with no second chance, and may result in disciplinary
action. I encourage you to use outside sources, but you
have to cite anything you didn't write yourself. If you have even
an inkling of a doubt about what's legitimate or how to cite
something, see me before handing in the paper.
Three books British Literature, 1640-1789: An
Anthology, ed. Robert DeMaria, 2nd ed. (Longman, 2001),
abbreviated as BL; Daniel Defoe, A Journal of the
Plague Year (Oxford); and Defoe, Moll Flanders
(Oxford) are available from New Jersey Books (not
the Rutgers Bookstore). Some additional readings will be
Schedule of Class Meetings
- Tues., 2 Sept.
- Introduction (class business, &c.).
- Thurs., 4 Sept.
- Andrew Marvell, "On a Drop of Dew"
(BL 149-50); Jonathan Swift, "A
Description of the Morning" (BL 429-30).
- Tues., 9 Sept.
- Robert Filmer, from Patriarcha (BL 9-10);
Richard Lovelace, "Song to Lucasta,
Going to the Wars," "Song
to Amarantha," "To Althea"
(BL 134-35); James Shirley, The
Triumph of Peace (on-line).
- Thurs., 11 Sept.
- John Milton, from Areopagitica (BL
- Tues., 16 Sept.
- Charles I, from Eikon Basilike (BL 16-19);
Milton, from Eikonoklastes (BL 38-40); Marvell, "Upon
Appleton House" (on-line); ballads and newsbooks from the
Civil Wars (BL 1-5). OED EXERCISE
DUE: Report on three words from Filmer,
Lovelace, Shirley, Milton, Charles I, or Marvell.
- Thurs., 18 Sept.
- Thomas Hobbes, from Leviathan (BL 6-8); Abraham
Cowley, "Ode of Wit" and "To Mr. Hobbes" (BL 136-40);
Marvell, "Bermudas," "The Mower to the Glo-Worms," "An Horatian
Ode upon Cromwell's Return from Ireland," "The Garden," "To His
Coy Mistress" (BL 145-50); Henry Vaughan, "They Are All
Gone into the World of Light!," "The Night" (BL 151-53);
Dorothy Osborne Temple, letters to William Temple (BL
- Tues., 23 Sept.
- John Bunyan, from Grace Abounding to the Chief of
Sinners (BL 163-65); Milton, Paradise
Lost, book 1 (BL 42-59).
- Thurs., 25 Sept.
- Paradise Lost, book 2 (BL 60-82).
- Tues., 30 Sept.
- Paradise Lost, books 4 and 9 (BL 82-130).
- Thurs., 2 Oct.
- Daniel Defoe, Journal of
the Plague Year, pp. 1-125.
- Tues., 7 Oct.
- Defoe, Journal of the Plague Year, pp. 125-248.
- Thurs., 9 Oct.
- William Congreve, The
Way of the World, acts 1-3 (BL 440-73). OED
EXERCISE DUE: Report on three
words from Hobbes, Cowley, Marvell, Vaughan, Temple, Bunyan,
Milton, or Defoe.
- Tues., 14 Oct.
- Congreve, Way of the World, acts 4-5 (BL
- Thurs., 16 Oct.
- Samuel Pepys, from the Diary (BL 220-24); John
Wilmot, Earl of Rochester, "The Imperfect Enjoyment," "A Satyr
against Reason and Mankind," "The Disabled Debauchee," "Lampoon,"
"Signior Dildo," "A Satyr on Charles II," "A Letter from
Artemiza" (BL 279-96). FIRST
PAPER DUE (around six
- Tues., 21 Oct.
- John Dryden, Absalom
and Achitophel (BL 181-203).
- Thurs., 23 Oct.
- NO CLASS: I'll be away
at a conference..
- Tues., 28 Oct.
- Dryden, from A
Discourse concerning the Original and Progress of Satire
Flecknoe (BL 175-80).
- Thurs., 30 Oct.
- Jonathan Swift, A Tale of a
Tub, through section V (BL 369-401).
- Tues., 4 Nov.
- Swift, A Tale of a Tub, section VI-Conclusion
(BL 401-25); John Locke, An Essay concerning Humane
Understanding, sections 2.1
(on-line). OED EXERCISE DUE:
Three words from Congreve, Pepys, Rochester, Dryden, or
- Thurs., 6 Nov.
- Milton, from The Doctrine and Discipline of Divorce
(BL 21-24); Margaret Fell Fox, from Women's Speaking
Justified (BL 131-33); Mary Astell, from A Serious
Proposal to the Ladies (BL 365-67); Defoe, "An Academy
for Women" (BL 303-8).
- Tues., 11 Nov.
- Defoe, Moll
Flanders, pp. 1-105.
- Thurs., 13 Nov.
- Defoe, Moll Flanders, pp. 105-269; Bernard Mandeville,
from A Modest Defence of Public Stews (BL
- Tues., 18 Nov.
- Defoe, Moll Flanders, pp. 269-343.
- Thurs., 20 Nov.
- Aphra Behn, Oroonoko
- Tues., 25 Nov.
- Aphra Behn, Oroonoko
cont'd. (BL 245-79). OED EXERCISE
DUE: Three words from Milton, Fox, Astell,
Defoe, or Behn.
- Thurs., 27 Nov.
- NO CLASS: Thanksgiving
- Tues., 2 Dec.
- Alexander Pope, "Windsor-Forest"
(on-line), The Rape of the Lock, cantos 1-3 (BL
- Thurs., 4 Dec.
- Pope, The Rape of the Lock, cantos 4-5 (BL
- Tues., 9 Dec.
- Conclusion. SECOND PAPER
DUE (around eight pages).