The Eighteenth Century

English 326, Spring 2004

Honors College Section

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-honors @ 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, from the Preface to A Dictionary of the English Language (BL 654-60).

Tues., 27 Jan.
Joseph Addison & Richard Steele, Spectators 11, 267, and 279 (BL 501-8); Samuel Johnson, Rambler 2 (BL 651-54).
Thurs., 27 Jan.
Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, letters (BL 587-94).

Tues., 3 Feb.
Jonathan Swift, Gulliver's Travels, part 1. OED EXERCISE DUE: Three woreds from Johnson, Addison, Steele, or Montagu.
Thurs., 5 Feb.
Swift, Gulliver's Travels, part 4.

Tues., 10 Feb.
William Cowper, "The Negro's Complaint" (BL 827-28); Hannah More, selection from The Slave Trade (BL 882-85); abolitionist selections from Boswell's Life of Johnson (on-line).
Thurs., 12 Feb.
John Wesley, "Advice to a People Called Methodist," "The Character of a Methodist" (on-line); Isaac Watts, "Against Quarrelling and Fighting" and "The Sluggard" (BL 509-10); William Cowper, "The Castaway" (BL 830-31); selections from Christopher Smart, Jubilate Agno (BL 785-88).

Tues., 17 Feb.
James Boswell, selections from The Life of Johnson (BL 851-62); Hester Thrale, selections from Anecdotes of the Late Samuel Johnson (BL 863-65).
Thurs., 19 Feb.
Boswell, Boswell's London Journal, pp. 39-140.

Tues., 24 Feb.
Boswell, Boswell's London Journal, pp. 140-235.
Thurs., 26 Feb.
Boswell, Boswell's London Journal, pp. 235-333. OED EXERCISE DUE: Three words from Swift, Cowper, More, Boswell, Wesley, or Watts.

Tues., 2 March
Eliza Haywood, Fantomina (BL 602-16).
Thurs., 4 March
James Macpherson, selection from Fingal (BL 832-33); Thomas Chatterton, "An Excelente Balade of Charitie" (BL 888-91); William Henry Ireland, An Authentic Account (on-line). FIRST PAPER DUE (around six pages).

Tues., 9 March
Henry Mackenzie, selection from The Man of Feeling (on-line); Hannah More, selection from Sensibility (BL 881-82); Laurence Sterne, A Sentimental Journey, pp. 3-63 (vol. 1).
Thurs., 11 March
Laurence Sterne, A Sentimental Journey, pp. 64-125 (vol. 2). OED EXERCISE DUE: Three words from Haywood, Macpherson, Ireland, Mackenzie, or Sterne.

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

Tues., 23 March
Anna Letitia Barbauld, "The Mouse's Petition," "Verses Written in an Alcove," "Washing-Day" (BL 867-70); Charlotte Smith, "To Hope," "To Friendship," "The Laplander," "Written Near a Port on a Dark Evening" (BL 886-87); Ann Yearsley, "On Mrs. Montagu," "To Indifference," "To Those Who Accuse the Author of Ingratitude" (BL 906-10).
Thurs., 25 March
NO CLASS: I'll be away at a conference.

Tues., 30 March
Oliver Goldsmith, "The Revolution in Low Life" and "The Deserted Village" (BL 814-24); George Crabbe, selection from The Village (BL 902-5); William Godwin, Caleb Williams, pp. 1-109 (vol. 1).
Thurs., 1 April
Godwin, Caleb Williams, pp. 111-213 (vol. 2).

Tues., 6 April
Godwin, Caleb Williams, pp. 215-337 (vol. 3) and Appendix I (pp. 339-46).
Thurs., 8 April
Samuel Johnson, A Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland, pp. 35-74.

Tues., 13 April
Johnson, A Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland, pp. 74-119.
Thurs., 15 April
Johnson, A Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland, pp. 119-52. OED EXERCISE DUE: Three words from Barbauld, Smith, Yearsley, Goldsmith, Crabbe, Godwin, or Johnson.

Tues., 20 April
Stephen Duck, selection from "The Thresher's Labour" (BL 634-35); Mary Collier, "The Woman's Labour" (BL 726-31); Jane Collier, selection from An Essay on the Art of Ingeniously Tormenting (BL 732-39).
Thurs., 22 April
Frances Burney, Evelina, pp. 1-132 (vol. 1).

Tues., 27 April
Burney, Evelina, pp. 135-269 (vol. 2).
Thurs., 29 April
Burney, Evelina, pp. 273-406 (vol. 3). SECOND PAPER DUE (around eight pages).