ENGLISH 318 - Genre Studies
Winter 2022, Section 001 - Sexuality on the English Stage: Pleasure and Comedy, 1660-1789
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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Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s).
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Start/End Date:
Full Term 1/5/22 - 4/19/22 (see other Sections below)
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This course will romp through about 14 of the best plays from the seventeenth and eighteenth century. The earlier plays are the wittiest and bawdiest plays in the English language. Inaugurating the first appearances of actresses on the English stage, Restoration comedies are brilliant, satirical, and fierce in exploring issues of sexual desire, rivalry, and frustration. They touch as well on serious issues as rape, divorce, and the social restrictions on women. The course will also address the rise of “Sentimental Comedy” and the subsequent recovery of “Laughing Comedy.” Our plays will include the following list: William Wycherly, The Country Wife; George Etherege, The Man of Mode; John Dryden, Marriage a la Mode; Aphra Behn, The Rover and The Dutch Lover; Susannah Centlivre, The Basset Table;; George Fahrquar, The Recruiting Office and The Beaux’ Stratagem; Frances Burney, The Witlings; John Gay, The Beggar’s Opera; Oliver Goldsmith, She Stoops to Conquer; and Richard B. Sheridan, The Rivals and The School for Scandal.


ENGLISH 318 - Genre Studies
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001 (LEC)
 In Person
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
1/5/22 - 4/19/22

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