ENGLISH 351 - Literature in English, 1660-1830
Fall 2022, Section 001 - Writings of Enlightenment
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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This course will provide an opportunity to study some of the most interesting, challenging, and influential texts of the (very) long eighteenth century. As a study of the period broadly known as “The Enlightenment,” the chosen texts convey a broader narrative about the transition from heroic to urbane values in many spheres of social life in Britain. The use of a critical rationality opens up many opportunities to make a problem or issue of something that society had taken for granted. Both political absolutism and a blind or unquestioning religious faith lost ground to an ascendancy of public rationality. This urbanity, however, finally yields to a broadened and emotionally heightened expression of sympathies (The Age of Sensibility). Olaudah Equiano’s autobiography, the life and reflections of a former slave, exemplify the stakes and political stakes of this new inclusiveness. Then we come to what William Blake refers to as “The Tigers of Wrath.” The course thus culminates in texts that explore more explosive manifestations of rationality after 1789: political revolution, a revolt against the oppression of women, and blinkered scientific monstrosity.


Major Requirement: Pre-1830


ENGLISH 351 - Literature in English, 1660-1830
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001 (LEC)
 In Person
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM

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