EN 350 - 18th-Century British Literature (1660-1800)
(3 cr.) The idea that literature is changing in form and content as well as in its social function is central to the study of literature in the long 18th century: what's at stake in the change? This course explores this question by reading a variety of texts including Defoe's Robinson Crusoe, Swift's Gulliver's Travels, Pope's Essay on Man, and Eliza Haywood's Fantomina, among others, works that seem to be rather strange Literature by modern standards. Participants also read about the rise of print culture, the many historical changes of the period, such as the rise of the colonial empire, and the change from a poetics of the elite to the aesthetics of feeling. Prerequisite: one course from EN level 200; Every Other Year, Fall

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