English Literature, 1745–1800

English 326, Spring 2007

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-century @ andromeda.rutgers.edu (for the whole class).


Course Requirements


Schedule of Class Meetings

Tues., 16 Jan.
Introduction (class business, &c.).
Thurs., 18 Jan.:
Samuel Johnson, selections from A Dictionary of the English Language (L, pp. 2895–2910).

Tues., 23 Jan.:
Johnson, selections from The Rambler and The Idler (L, pp. 2871–96); James Boswell, The Life of Samuel Johnson, pp. 19–36, 143–63.
Thurs., 25 Jan.:
Johnson, The Vanity of Human Wishes, "A Short Song of Congratulation," and "On the Death of Dr. Robert Levet" (L, pp. 2858–71); Boswell, Life, pp. 118–43, 166–77.

Tues., 30 Jan.:
Johnson, selections from Rasselas (L, pp. 2910–19) and the review of Soame Jenyns (on-line); Boswell, Life, pp. 240–43.
Thurs., 1 Feb.:
Johnson, selections from The Plays of William Shakespeare and Lives of the Poets (L, pp. 2919–40).

Tues., 6 Feb.:
Hester Thrale Piozzi, selections from "Family Book" and Thraliana (L, pp. 2977–87); Boswell, Life, pp. 344–53. OED Exercise Due: Three words from Johnson.
Thurs., 8 Feb.:
George Berkeley, selections from Three Dialogues (L, pp. 2809–11); David Hume, selections from A Treatise of Human Nature and An Enquiry concerning Human Understanding (L, pp. 2811–17); Boswell, "An Account of My Last Interview with David Hume" (L, pp. 2954–57); Life, pp. 424–28.

Tues., 13 Feb.:
Thomas Gray, "Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College" (L, pp. 2850–53), Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard (L, pp. 2854–57); Boswell, Life, pp. 403–11, 590–96.
Thurs., 15 Feb.:
Oliver Goldsmith, The Deserted Village (L, pp. 2987–98); George Crabbe, selections from The Village and The Parish Register (L, pp. 2999–3001); Boswell, Life, pp. 379–89.

Tues., 20 Feb.:
Horace Walpole, The Castle of Otranto; Boswell, Life, pp. 411–24. OED Exercise Due: Three words from Hume, Gray, Goldsmith, or Crabbe.
Thurs., 22 Feb.:
Walpole, The Castle of Otranto; Boswell, Life, pp. 732–48.

Tues., 27 Feb.:
Richard Brinsley Sheridan, The School for Scandal, Acts I–III (L, pp. 3001–34); Boswell, Life, pp. 272–307.
Thurs., 1 March:
Sheridan, The School for Scandal, Acts IV–V (L, pp. 3034–65); Boswell, Life, pp. 764–76.

Tues., 6 March:
James Macpherson, selections from "A Dissertation concerning the Antiquity, &c. of the Poems of Ossian the Son of Fingal" (on-line); Thomas Chatterton, "Mynstrelles Songe" (on-line); Boswell, Life, pp. 579–82. OED Exercise Due: Three words from Walpole or Sheridan.
Thurs., 8 March:
William Henry Ireland, An Authentic Account of the Shaksperian Manuscripts (on-line); Boswell, Life, pp. 827–35. First Paper Due.

Tues., 13 March:
No Class: Spring Break.
Thurs., 15 March:
No Class: Spring Break.

Tues., 20 March:
Frances Burney, Evelina, volume 1; Boswell, Life, pp. 181–89, 209–16.
Thurs., 22 March:
No Class: I'll be away at a conference.

Tues., 28 March:
Burney, Evelina, volume 2; Boswell, Life, pp. 596–603, 1234–37.
Thurs., 30 March:
Burney, Evelina, volume 3; Boswell, Life, pp. 686–701.

Tues., 3 April:
Mary Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, Dedication, Introduction, and chapters 1, 2, 4, and 7; Boswell, Life, pp. 1203–19. OED Exercise Due: Three words from Burney.
Thurs., 5 April:
Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, chapters 9, 11, 12, and 13; Boswell, Life, pp. 1275–1304.

Tues., 10 April:
Olaudah Equiano, Narrative, chapters 1–6; Boswell, Life, pp. 876–86.
Thurs., 12 April:
Equiano, Narrative, chapters 7–12; Boswell, Life, pp. 538–43.

Tues., 17 April:
Christopher Smart, selection from Jubilate Agno (L, pp. 2818–21); William Cowper, "Light Shining out of Darkness," selections from The Task, "The Cast-Away" (L, pp. 2821–25); Boswell, Life, pp. 43–97.
Thurs., 19 April:
William Blake, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell; Boswell, Life, pp. 105–7.

Tues., 24 April:
Blake, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell; Boswell, Life, pp. 1374–1402.
Thurs., 26 April:
Conclusion. Second Paper Due.