English 246E

Restoration and Early 18th Century

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Spring 2014 Turner, James Grantham
TTh 12:30-2 205 Wheeler

Book List

Behn, Aphra: Oroonoko, The Rover and Other Works; Bunyan, John: Grace Abounding; Defoe, Daniel: Robinson Crusoe; Hammond, Paul, ed.: Restoration Literature: An Anthology; John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester: Selected Works; Pope, Alexander: Selected Poetry; Swift, Jonathan: The Essential Writings;

Recommended: Coetzee, J.M.: Foe

Other Readings and Media

Lawrence, Robert (ed.), Restoration Plays OR Brice Harris (ed.), Restoration Plays [both are out of print, or available new at an inflated price, but used copies available at very low cost from me or via Amazon]


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, Mary Astell, and Eliza Haywood.  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 “modernity,” 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 may help you find alternative themes and ways of focusing on this mercurial period.

This course satisfies the Group 3 (17th-18th century) requirement.

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