English 462 Dr. Morillo
Eighteenth-Century English Literature
Tompkins G123    M, W  1:30-2:45
Fall 2010
Office=Tompkins 270; phone: 513-8040
email = morillo@unity.ncsu.edu
web page syllabus = http://www4.ncsu.edu/unity/users/m/morillo/public/4610.html
Office Hours: M W 10:00-12; T 10:30-12:00  and by appointment


We will approach  eighteenth-century texts from the perspectives of  genre, by studying a variety of literary forms in poetry and prose in Britain from 1660 to 1790. Prose works include: diary, letter, sermons, literary criticism, prose fiction. Poetic genres include: elegies and epitaphs, odes, sonnets, satires, and verse epistles. Eighteenth-century writers were constantly reevaluating what should count as literature, so we will explore the way forms for writing poetry and prose allowed authors to innovate carefully while remaining anchored in the flexible forms of genre; how men and women writers handled the same genres; which works were popular and why, and why some have survived better than others. Throughout the readings we will learn the importance of the rhetorical principle of decorum, of choosing a fit style for different genres, subjects and audiences. We will study the works of writers from a century rich in intellectual range and from which we have inherited some abiding interests and literary forms.

Prerequisite = Sophomore standing

Learning Outcomes:

Required Text: NCSU Bookstore

Demaria, Robert ed. British Literature 1640-1789: An Anthology. Third Edition. $49.95 list new./$39.75 used

Additional Texts:

Print Resources on Genre, Literature, and Culture

Course Reserves for ENG462

plus, additional readings online are listed in the syllabus

Online Eighteenth-Century Studies Resources

There are some notably fine research resources for studying this period and many are online.  One of the best for finding scholarship on all the major authors and topics is called C18-L, an interdisciplinary discussion list and web site. It has a bibliography-database, called Selected Readings" of  scholarship for the last 10 years here:
click on "Selected Readings"

Early English Books Online (EEBO)  via Hill Library www.lib.ncsu.edu --> databases --> E   (for primary texts from the Restoration, up to the year 1700)
English Poetry Database, 600-1900. Essentially the complete poetic canon in English   http://www.lib.ncsu.edu  then follow these links: ---> Database Finder--> E-->
Oxford  English Dictionary (OED)   http://www.lib.ncsu.edu  ---> Database Finder--> O (the best dictionary for knowing what usages were current at a given time)

Course Requirements

Regular Attendance
: You are allowed 3 absences. If you are absent, unexcused, more than 3 times over the course of the semester, your absences will count progressively against your final grade for the course. Every 2 absences beyond the allowed 3 loses you a half letter grade on the calculated final grade. Anyone who misses the first two classes can be immediately dropped from the class. For the definition of an unexcused absence, see http://www.ncsu.edu/policies/academic_affairs/pols_regs/REG205.00.4.php

Late papers are accepted only one class late, and with full grade penalty. Any papers arriving later than that will not be accepted. Papers are due at the start of class, in class, printed out on paper.

How I Figure Your Grades

You must complete all the required work to pass the class. No opting out of assigned work.  I will grade plus/minus.

Percentages for each required graded category are figured via a percentage of a 12-pt. scale in which an A+ =12 and
an F=0 points. For example, a B+ on paper 1 (close-reading) would net you 9 x .15 or 1.35 points toward the final 12.  Or, a C in participation nets you 5 x .15 or .75, an A on the final exam nets you 11 x .20 or 2.2 points.
I then add up the percentage points for each required category to determine your grade from 0 to 12.  For example, an 8.0 through 8.9 final score = B for the class.

Expected participation: come to class on time, with the appropriate texts, having read and thought about them enough to have something specific and intelligent to say or write about them. There will be quizzes to check that you are doing the readings.

Plagiarism: Anyone convicted will receive an F for the paper, or the course at my discretion. And yes, I have caught people in the past--in this course, in fact.

Reasonable accommodations will be made for students with verifiable disabilities. In order to take advantage of available accommodations, students must register with Disability Services for Students at 1900 Student Health Center, Campus

            Box 7509, 515-7653. http://www.ncsu.edu/dso/

Academic Integrity Assumption
Universities are unique communities committed to creating and transmitting knowledge. They depend on freedom - individuals' freedom to explore ideas and to explore and further their own capabilities. Those freedoms depend on the good will and responsible behavior of all the members of the community, who must treat each other with tolerance and respect. They must allow each other to develop the full range of their capabilities and take full advantage of the institution's resources.

Syllabus (Note that papers are due on Fridays and will be put in an envelope on my office door, Tompkins 270)

**Always read the brief biography for every author assigned.**  Pages in Demaria are indicated for each text, unless online

W Aug 18
 Introduction        Cultural Timeline  
Reading formal poetry    
M Aug 23 Diary & Letter
Samuel Pepys, Diary for July 1665, Aug. 1665 (pp.267-70 ); Elizabeth Carter, To Elizabeth Vesey [On the Indulgence of Fancy] (pp. 875-7  ) Reading Questions
further readings http://www.pepysdiary.com/
W Aug 25

Mary Montagu "To the Lady X" "To Lady --" "To Lady Mar"; (690-6)
Alexander Pope "To Lady Montagu"; (681-3) Montagu "To Mr. Alexander Pope" (both letters; 697-9)
M Aug 30 Verse Epistles Pope Of the Characters of Women: An Epistle to a Lady (673-80)
Mary Barber "Conclusion of a Letter to the Rev. Mr. C--" , "Letter for my Son"  (627-90
Reading Questions
W Sep 1 Fable
Ovid, Pygmalion myth from Metamorphoses X, Dryden "Pygmalion and the Statue" (247-9) Engraving from edition of Dryden's Fable of Pygmalion
M Sep 6
W Sep 8 Satire John Dryden Mac Flecknoe (208-14) Reading Questions
M Sep 13
John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester "A Satyr on Charles II" (351-2)
"A Satyr Against Reason & Mankind" (341-6)
Reading Questions
W Sep 15

Jonathan Swift "The Lady's Dressing Room" "A Beautiful Young Nymph Going to Bed"  (502-8)
Mary Montagu "Reasons that Induced Dr. S-- to Write a Poem Called the Lady's Dressing Room" (701-3)

F Sep 17
First Paper Due
M Sep 20
Prof. away, no class, read Pope
Rape of the Lock reading questions
W Sep 22 
Pope The Rape of the Lock (631-51)
M Sep 27  Literary Criticism

Charles Abbot "Essay on Satire" (1784): read all   Charles Abbot's biography

Abbot question: what does he think satire is good for? when is it dangerous?

W Sep 29 Prose Fiction
Margaret Cavendish Description of a New World (193-200)
M Oct 4
Eliza Haywood Fantomina (713-30)
W Oct 6
Midterm / Criticism choice for Third Paper due as file or xerox
Midterm Format
Th-F Oct  7-8
fall break
M Oct 11

Samuel Johnson The History of Rasselas (773-834) Reading question : Is anyone happy in Rasselas?
W Oct 13
Rasselas cont. Johnson's Prose Style
M Oct 18

Jonathan Swift On Sleeping in Church (1744);  George Whitefield Sermon 28, How to Hear Sermons
Anglican Church (Church of England): Book of Common Prayer; 39 Articles of Faith
Reading Questions: Why does Swift think it's so hard to be a good preacher?

Do Swift and Whitfield agree about the way sermons should be written and heard?

W Oct 20 Ode

Aphra Behn "An Ode To Love"  (288-9); Dryden "To . .. Anne Killigrew: an Ode" (239-44)
Reading questions: What is Dryden's attitude toward Anne Killigrew? How can you tell?

Horace, Horatian odes

Sappho, Sapphic ode

M Oct 25

Pindar, Olympian I (Pindaric Ode)

John Dennis on the Pindaric Ode (year 1695)

Anne Finch "The Spleen: A Pindaric Poem" (410-4)
Elizabeth Carter "Ode to Melancholy" (871-3)

Reading Questions: What is the spleen about? why write about spleen?

What is most different about Carter's treatment of the same subject of melcancholy/spleen?

W Oct 27

William Collins "Ode to Fear" ; "Ode on the Poetical Character" "Ode to Evening" (878-82)
Thomas Gray "Ode on the Death of a Favourite Cat" (862-3)
How does Collins revise and adapt the ode's form and content in his three poems?
F Oct 29 Second Paper Due
M Nov 1 Sonnet
Gray "Sonnet on West" (861-2); Charlotte Smith "To Hope" "To Friendship"(1019-20) reading questions
W Nov 3 Epitaph

Philips, "Epitaph on Her Son" (252); Behn, "Epitaph on the Tombstone of a Child" (291); Prior, "For My Own Tomb-stone" (418); Jones, "Her Epitaph" (745)
M Nov 8
Cowper ; "Epitaph on a Hare" (946-7) "On a Goldfinch" (945-6) "To the Immortal Memory of the Halibut on which I Dined this Day" (947-8) Why is Cowper so interested in writing about dead animals?
W Nov 10 Elegy

Thomas Gray An Elegy Wrote in a Country Church Yard (863-7) Gray's elegy was one of the most popular printed poems of the 18th century. What might have made it so popular? It is also notably hard to read, at least in places, and that doesn't usuall make things popular. So why might Gray have also made it hard to read?

Gray's Latinate Syntax
F Nov. 12 Third Paper Due
M Nov 15  Poetry
  & Protest

Oliver Goldsmith  "The Deserted Village" (913-23) with "The Revolution in Low Life" (911-3)
W Nov 17

George Crabbe "The Village"  (1092-6)
Is Crabbe's picture of rural life more realistic than Goldsmith's? What is your evidence?
M  Nov 22

in-class review for exam
W Nov 24
no class, Thanksgiving break
M Nov 29
Creative Projects Due;
first group (Ackley - Icard) presents creative project
W Dec 1
second group (Jarman - Tate) presents
M. Dec. 3
  ONLINE CLASS EVALUATION FORMS: https://classeval.ncsu.edu

F Dec 10

Final Exam Format and Instructions
1-4 pm in Tompkins G123


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