ENGLISH 371 - Studies in Literature, 1600-1830
Section: 101 Ambition and Rebellion in 17th- & 18th- Century British Literature
Term: SP 2008
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
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With permission of instructor.
Class Misc Info:
This class satisfies the Pre-1830 requirement for English concentrators.
May be repeated for credit.
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This course will survey selected texts from two of the most turbulent and formative centuries in the history of the English-speaking world with a particularly keen eye on political and social change. We will begin with a consideration of key literary, political, philosophical, and religious ideas during the mid-seventeenth century and how they reveal the imminent tension and upheaval in English society. We will study most of John Milton's epic Paradise Lost within the context of this civil turmoil as well as John Dryden's Absalom and Achitophel. Next, we will explore several works about the ambitions of colonialism in the New World, including Aphra Behn's Oroonoko, Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe. There will be a consideration of the poetry of the mid-eighteenth century and certain Romantic poems in the time of Revolution, as well as Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus. Work will include two five-page papers, an exam, and weekly response papers.

ENGLISH 371 - Studies in Literature, 1600-1830
Schedule Listing
101 (REC)
MW 10:00AM - 12:00PM
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