Fall 2018 ENGG 220 Restoration and Eighteenth-Century English Literature I

Course Description

From the Catalogue:

ENGG 220 Restoration and Eighteenth-Century English Literature: Comprehensive study of the major works and trends.

A Bit More Information:

This course provides a foundational look at eighteenth-century literature from the British Isles.

This course differs from the previous courses ENGG 221 (Black Atlantic II: Global 18th-Century) and ENGG 222 (Black Atlantic I), in that it focuses on authors commonly considered canonical and places them within the context of recent methodological/theoretical approaches within Eighteenth-Century Studies.

Although the majority of the reading will have been originally written in English, students are encouraged to bring sources from other languages (as well as genres, topics, etc.) into class discussions as well as their research for the end-of-term project.

Fall 2018 Methodological/Theoretical Focus:

Digital Humanities
Indigenous Studies

Required Textbooks:

Electronic copies will be provided for all the reading, a scholarly print edition will be suggested, many of these texts are in our library system, so the choice is yours.

For a few books, I suggest contacting the publisher as a group to receive a discount. We will discuss this during class.

Course Goals: 

  1. Provide students with a solid foundation knowledge of texts and scholarship on major authors from the Anglophone Eighteenth Century.
  2. Connect primary texts and scholarship from the class to other sources outside of the course’s focus on eighteenth-century studies. This course is designed in particular to provide a foundation for further studies in the literature of the British Isles, postcolonial literature, the Black Atlantic/Atlantic World, gender/sexuality studies, and critical race theory.
  3. Discuss how literary representations of race, gender, religions, and empire fit into or challenged imperial ideologies.
  4. Offer an overview of recent scholarship focused on two current methodological/theoretical approaches to Eighteenth-Century Studies.
  5. Aid students in forming and/or further developing their individual research agendas.