English 246F

Graduate Proseminar: The Later-Eighteenth Century


Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Spring 2016 Sorensen, Janet
W 9-12 301 Wheeler

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Description

In this survey of British writing from 1740 to the end of the century, we will read a wide range of genres, many of them innovated or undergoing major transformations at this time, from periodical essays, novels, and georgic poems, to ballad collections, supposed translations of ancient poems, dictionaries and anthologies of “great Literature.” Critical questions we might address include: What new epistemological challenges did writers believe they faced, and how did the discourses of empiricism and moral philosophy contribute to or attempt to resolve them? How did new formal strategies in imaginative writing develop those discourses? How did obscurity figure in these strategies? How did sentimental literature propose to overcome the social atomization threatened by capital relations? How did historicism, especially a new interest in literary history, offer another means of social consolidation? This course will include both primary texts and important secondary scholarship to help introduce ongoing critical conversations in eighteenth-century studies.

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This course satisfies the Group 3 (18th Century) requirement.

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