The Eighteenth Century

English 325, Autumn 2006

Jack Lynch

Course Description


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

Hours: Monday and Wednesday, 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-century @ andromeda.rutgers.edu (for the whole class).


Course Requirements


Schedule of Class Meetings

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

Monday, 11 Sept.
Sir John Denham, Cooper's Hill (on-line).
Wednesday, 13 Sept.
Stuart Sherman, "The Restoration and Eighteenth Century" (L 2121-44); John Dryden, "Ode to Mrs. Anne Killigrew" (L 2246-51), Alexander's Feast (L 2251-56).

Monday, 18 Sept.
John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester, "The Disabled Debauchee" (L 2347-48), "Song" (L 2348), "The Imperfect Enjoyment" (L 2348-50).
Wednesday, 20 Sept.
Dryden, selections from Discourse concerning the Original and Progress of Satire (on-line), Mac Flecknoe (L 2239-45). OED Exercise Due: Report on three words from Rochester, Denham, or Dryden.

Monday, 25 Sept.
William Wycherley, The Country Wife (L 2358-2427), acts 1-3.
Wednesday, 27 Sept.
Wycherley, The Country Wife, acts 4-5.

Monday, 2 Oct.
Aphra Behn, Oroonoko (L 2278-2321).
Wednesday, 4 Oct.
Behn, Oroonoko (continued); Thomas Southerne, from Oroonoko: A Tragedy (L 2321-26).

Monday, 9 Oct.
Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe, pp. 1-97.
Wednesday, 11 Oct.
Defoe, Robinson Crusoe, pp. 97-194.

Monday, 16 Oct.
Defoe, Robinson Crusoe, pp. 194-306. OED Exercise Due: Report on three words from Wycherley, Behn, or Defoe.
Wednesday, 18 Oct.
Jonathan Swift, "A Modest Proposal" (L 2466-72).

Monday, 23 Oct.
Swift, Gulliver's Travels, part 1.
Wednesday, 25 Oct.
Swift, Gulliver's Travels, part 2.

Monday, 30 Oct.
Swift, Gulliver's Travels, parts 3 and 4; from Philosophical Transactions (L 2178-81); from Robert Hooke, Micrographia (L 2182-88).
Wednesday, 1 Nov.
Swift, "A Description of the Morning" (L 2500-1), "A Description of a City Shower" (L 2501-3), "The Lady's Dressing-Room" (L 2507-10), "Verses on the Death of Dr. Swift" (L 2513-26). First Paper Due (around six pages).

Monday, 6 Nov.
Alexander Pope, An Essay on Criticism (L 2602-19), selections from An Essay on Man (L 2664-73); Sir Isaac Newton, from his letter to Richard Bentley (L 2795-97).
Wednesday, 8 Nov.
Pope, The Rape of the Lock (L 2632-52).

Monday, 13 Nov.
Pope, An Epistle . . . to Dr. Arbuthnot (L 2673-84).
Wednesday, 15 Nov.
John Gay, The Beggar's Opera (L 2719-65), acts 1 and 2.

Monday, 20 Nov.
Gay, The Beggar's Opera, act 3; William Hogarth, The Rake's Progress (L 2785-92). OED Exercise Due: Three words from Swift, Pope, or Gay.
Wednesday, 22 Nov.
No Class: Thanksgiving break.

Monday, 27 Nov.
Mary, Lady Chudleigh, "To the Ladies" (L 2327-28); Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, "Verses Addressed to the Imitator of . . . Horace" (on-line); selection from The Athenian Mercury (L 2487-90); Richard Steele, from Tatler 104 (L 2490-91); Joseph Addison, Spectator 128 (L 2491-93); Eliza Haywood, selections from The Female Spectator (L 2494-98).
Wednesday, 29 Nov.
Samuel Richardson, Pamela, pp. 31-130.

Monday, 4 Dec.
Richardson, Pamela, pp. 130-278. OED Exercise Due: Three words from Chudleigh, Montagu, Steele, Addison, Haywood, or Richardson.
Wednesday, 6 Dec.
Richardson, Pamela, pp. 279-392.

Monday, 11 Dec.
Richardson, Pamela, pp. 392-516.
Wednesday, 13 Dec.
Henry Fielding, Shamela (on-line). Second Paper Due (around eight pages).