English Literature, 1745-1800

English 326, Spring 2004

Jack Lynch

Course Description


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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).

Listserv: 18th @ andromeda.rutgers.edu (for the whole class).


Course Requirements


Schedule of Class Meetings

Tues., 20 Jan.
Introduction (class business, &c.).
Thurs., 22 Jan.:
Samuel Johnson, selections from A Dictionary of the English Language (L, pp. 2760-74).

Tues., 27 Jan.:
Johnson, selections from The Rambler (L, pp. 2732-49) and The Idler (L, pp. 2753-60); James Boswell, The Life of Samuel Johnson, pp. 19-36, 143-63.
Thurs., 29 Jan.:
Johnson, The Vanity of Human Wishes, "A Short Song of Congratulation," and "On the Death of Dr. Robert Levet" (L, pp. 2722-32); Boswell, Life, pp. 118-43, 166-77.

Tues., 3 Feb.:
Johnson, selections from Rasselas (L, pp. 2774-83) and the review of Soame Jenyns (L, pp. 2749-53); Boswell, Life, pp. 240-43.
Thurs., 5 Feb.:
Johnson, selections from A Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland (L, pp. 2799-2808); Boswell, selections from A Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides (L, pp. 2839-43).

Tues., 10 Feb.:
Hester Thrale Piozzi, selections from "Family Book" and Thraliana (L, pp. 2859-73); Boswell, Life, pp. 344-53. OED EXERCISE DUE: Three words from Johnson.
Thurs., 12 Feb.:
David Hume, selections from A Treatise of Human Nature and An Enquiry concerning Human Understanding (L, pp. 2674-80); Boswell, "An Account of My Last Interview with David Hume" (L, pp. 2835-38); Life, pp. 424-28.

Tues., 17 Feb.:
Thomas Gray, "Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College" (L, pp. 2712-14), Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard (L, pp. 2715-18); Boswell, Life, pp. 403-11, 590-96.
Thurs., 19 Feb.:
Oliver Goldsmith, The Deserted Village (L, pp. 2874-84); George Crabbe, selections from The Village and The Parish Register (L, pp. 2884-86); Boswell, Life, pp. 379-89.

Tues., 24 Feb.:
Horace Walpole, The Castle of Otranto; Boswell, Life, pp. 411-24. OED EXERCISE DUE: Three words from Hume, Gray, Goldsmith, or Crabbe.
Thurs., 26 Feb.:
Walpole, The Castle of Otranto; Boswell, Life, pp. 732-48.

Tues., 2 March:
Richard Brinsley Sheridan, The School for Scandal, Acts I-III (L, pp. 2688-2919); Boswell, Life, pp. 272-307.
Thurs., 4 March:
Sheridan, The School for Scandal, Acts IV-V (L, pp. 2919-46); Boswell, Life, pp. 764-76.

Tues., 9 March:
James Macpherson, selections from "A Dissertation concerning the Antiquity, &c. of the Poems of Ossian the Son of Fingal"; Thomas Chatterton, "Mynstrelles Songe" (on-line); Boswell, Life, pp. 579-82. OED EXERCISE DUE: Three words from Walpole or Sheridan.
Thurs., 11 March:
William Henry Ireland, An Authentic Account of the Shaksperian Manuscripts (on-line); Boswell, Life, pp. 827-35. FIRST PAPER DUE.

Tues., 16 March:
NO CLASS: Spring Break.
Thurs., 18 March:
NO CLASS: Spring Break.

Tues., 23 March:
Frances Burney, Evelina, volume 1; Boswell, Life, pp. 181-89, 209-16.
Thurs., 25 March:
NO CLASS: I'll be away at a conference.

Tues., 30 March:
Burney, Evelina, volume 2; Boswell, Life, pp. 596-603, 1234-37.
Thurs., 1 April:
Burney, Evelina, volume 3; Boswell, Life, pp. 686-701.

Tues., 6 April:
Mary Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, Dedication, Introduction, and chapters 1, 2, 4; Boswell, Life, pp. 1203-19. OED EXERCISE DUE: Three words from Burney.
Thurs., 8 April:
Mary Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, chapters 9, 11, 12, and 13; Boswell, Life, pp. 1275-1304.

Tues., 13 April:
Olaudah Equiano, Narrative, chapters 1-6; Boswell, Life, pp. 876-86.
Thurs., 15 April:
Equiano, Narrative, chapters 7-12; Boswell, Life, pp. 538-43.

Tues., 20 April:
Christopher Smart, selection from Jubilate Agno (L, pp. 2680-83); William Cowper, "Light Shining out of Darkness," selections from The Task, "The Cast-Away" (L, pp. 2684-57, 2704-7); Boswell, Life, pp. 43-97.
Thurs., 22 April:
William Blake, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell; Boswell, Life, pp. 105-7.

Tues., 27 April:
Blake, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell; Boswell, Life, pp. 1374-1402.
Thurs., 29 April:
Conclusion. SECOND PAPER DUE.