ELIT 356 Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century Literature

This course will give students a broad introduction to the literature and culture of the 'long eighteenth century,' covering a period from the English Revolution of the 1640s to the French Revolution of 1789. Topics covered may include the literature of the civil wars; Milton's Paradise Lost, Restoration drama; the flowering of satire; the literature of the Enlightenment; English landscape writing; Neoclassicism and its emphasis on reason, harmony, and wit; the birth of the modern novel; the literature of sentiment and sensibility; and the origins and development of the Gothic. Writers who may be studied in the course include Andrew Marvell, Aphra Behn, Margaret Cavendish, John Bunyan, Samuel Pepys, John Wilmot, Daniel Defoe, Jonathan Swift, Joseph Addison and Richard Steele, Alexander Pope, Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, Samuel Johnson, Laurence Sterne, Olaudah Equiano, and Thomas Paine. Credit units: 3 ECTS Credit units: 6, Prerequisite: ELIT 355.

Spring Semester (Karlie Erin Herndon, Valerie June Kennedy)

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