English | Literatures in English 1600-1800
E302 | 2911 | Richard


E302 Literatures in English 1600-1800
Richard Nash

2911 - 2:30p-3:45p TR (30 students) 3 cr., A&H.

TOPIC:  “Ambiguity, Ambivalence, And Irony In The Long Eighteenth
Century”

Our focus will be on developing a comfortable awareness of the ways
in which literary texts of the long eighteenth century (ie, 1660-
1820) often enacted disparate–sometimes contradictory– meanings
simultaneously. We will read a variety of genres (drama, poetry, and
prose). Texts will include Restoration and Eighteenth Century
Comedy, The Writings of Jonathan Swift, The Poems of Alexander Pope,
and at least a pair of novels. Possibilities for these last-
mentioned texts include Henry Fielding’s Jonathan Wild or Joseph
Andrews , Oliver Goldsmith’s The Vicar of Wakefield , Laurence
Sterne (either Sentimental Journey or Tristram Shandy ), and Jane
Austen’s Pride and Prejudice . Students will be required to write
two papers. The first, a relatively brief (4-6 pp.) critical
discussion of an individual work, will be followed by a longer (8-12
pp) discussion that will involve research into relative critical or
historical materials.