ENGLISH 403 - Topics in Language and Rhetorical Studies
Winter 2020, Section 001 - Writing the English Revolution: Rhetoric and Regicide in the Seventeenth Century
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
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The English Civil War (1642-49) marks a crucial historical transition away from feudal legal and political structures. The violence surrounding this conflict included regicide -- the highly symbolic execution, in 1649, of Charles I -- not to mention notorious massacres in Ireland. After the public trial and beheading of Charles I, monarchy in England would never be the same. Those caught up in this war experienced it as the ending of a known world and the invention of a new one. The world had been turned upside down. We will look at the conflict through a mixture of well-known and less familiar writers. These will include the poets Andrew Marvell and Robert Herrick; the agrarian communist or “True Leveller,” Gerrard Winstanley; the cofounder of the Quakers, Margaret Fell Fox; and three pertinent historians.

Course Requirements:

The course will not require a final research paper. Instead, for your final project, you will choose a brief 17th-century pamphlet from the famous collection assembled by the bookseller George Thomason during the era of the English Civil War. Your goal is to play the part of an editor. You will then produce --as if for a scholarly edition of this pamphlet -- a headnote and endnotes to make the pamphlet as readable and intelligible as possible for a contemporary reader. You will present your annotated “edition” to your classmates during the final week of class. Required Texts Phyllis Mack, Visionary Women: Ecstatic Prophecy in Seventeenth- Century England (University of California Press) Gerrard Winstanley, A Common Treasury (Verso) The Putney Debates: The Levellers, compiled by Phillip Baker (Verso) Ben Jonson and the Cavalier Poets (Norton) Richard Bauman, Let Your Words Be Few (Wheatmark) Christopher Hill, The World Turned Upside Down Blair Worden, The English Civil Wars

Intended Audience:

Students of History and English, sophomore and above

Class Format:

discussion; occasional mini-lectures


ENGLISH 403 - Topics in Language and Rhetorical Studies
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001 (LEC)
 In Person
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM

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