English 246E

Graduate Proseminar: Restoration and Early 18th Century

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Fall 2008 Turner, James Grantham
Turner, James
TTh 11-12:30 223 Wheeler

Other Readings and Media

Behn, A. Oroonoko, The Rover, and Other Works; Bunyan, J. Grace Abounding; Defoe, D. Robinson Crusoe; Hammond, P . Restoration Literature: An Anthology; Lawrence, R. Restoration Plays; Pope, A.Selected Poetry; Rochester, J. Selected Works; Swift, J. The Writings


An exploration of the satire, devotional autobiography, prose fiction, letter-writing, diaries, heroic verse, drama, pornography and feminist polemic produced in England between the Restoration of Charles II (1660) and circa 1735; these will include Behn's Oroonoko, the world best-seller Robinson Crusoe, the earlier works of Pope (Rape of the Lock), selected letters of Mary Wortley Montagu describing her life in Turkey, and major writings by Swift (Tale of a Tub, Modest Proposal, Gulliver's Travels). Canonical figures like Milton, Congreve, Pope and Swift will be juxtaposed to scandalous and/or marginal authors: Bunyan, Behn, Rochester and Astell. My selections emphasize the aftermath of Civil War and Puritanism in defeat, the representation of transgressive sexuality, the search for the heroic, the encounter with the alien, the resistance to Amodernity, and the change in the idea of the author as women enter the literary marketplace; many of our texts combine all of these themes. My suggestions for further reading (including J.M. Coetzee's novel Foe) may help you find alternative themes and ways of focusing on this mercurial period

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