The Idea of the Classic
In an age often (though problematically) called "Neoclassical,"
the idea of the classic was never taken for granted. In this
course we'll look at the way English writers between 1660 and
1819 wrangled over the political, aesthetic, and scholarly issues
emerging from a new canon of ancient, Renaissance, and modern
classics. Readings will include Aristotle's Poetics,
selections from Milton's Paradise Lost and the
translations of Virgil and Homer by Dryden and Pope,
eighteenth-century adaptations of King Lear and The
Tempest, Pope's Rape of the Lock and Essay on
Criticism, and Fielding's Joseph Andrews.
in Eighteenth-Century England