English 562 Dr. Morillo

Eighteenth-Century Literature: Studies in Genre
M, W 1:30-2:45      Winston 17
Spring 2006
Office=Tompkins 270; phone: 513-8040
email = morillo@unity.ncsu.edu
web page syllabus = http://www4.ncsu.edu/unity/users/m/morillo/public/56206.htm
Office Hours : M: 3-4:30;  T 10-12:00


We will approach the expanding field of eighteenth-century texts from the literary-historical perspective of genre, studying the role of literary kinds in classifying, evaluating, and indeed creating what counts as literature and specific types of literature. We will see some of the great variety of literary forms in poetry and prose in Britain from 1660 to 1790. These include satire in verse and prose; letters in verse and prose; odes; georgics; elegies and epitaphs; essays; sermons; locodescriptive poems, as well as weird works with no definite genre. We will explore the neoclassical adoption and adaptation of some classical literary genres, from the lowly epigram to the lofty epic, with special emphasis on two almost extinct but once dominant forms, pastoral and georgic. Throughout the readings we will learn the importance of decorum, the matching of style to subject and audience, and its role in the informative and ideological functions of literature within culture. We will explore some of the most recent criticism of genre in eighteenth-century studies. Though we will not include the novel, we will consider other kinds of prose, including the essay and its various illuminations and criticisms of literature and society. Required papers and presentations.

Required Texts:

Demaria, Robert, Jr. ed. British Literature 1640-1789: An Anthology. 2nd ed.  Oxford: Blackwell, 2001.
Willcox, William and Walter Arnstein. The Age of Aristocracy 1688-1830. 7th ed. Lexington: D. C. Heath, 1996.

ELECTRONIC  via  D. H. Hill Library Reserve Room
All are on reserve as electronic files. Works may be added to this collection over the course of the semester. The library puts all electronic reserve texts into .PDF files. That means you need the Adobe Acrobat reader to read them. The program can be downloaded for free from the library's reserve site. If you have any problem reading the online files talk to Dr. Morillo.
To access this free resource from off campus you must have a working unity id and password in the campus computer system. Starting at the library homage  www. lib.ncsu.edu
Under Services choose Reserves
then search under instructor name  Morillo
The complete list of E RESERVE works is subject to change and is one or more pages. Each link will load a pdf file into Acrobat reader.

Addison, Joseph. "Essay on the Georgics." The Works of John Dryden. Poems: The Works of Virgil in English, pp. 146-153.
Dryden, John. "Dedication of The Pastorals to Lord Clifford."  The Works of John Dryden, pp. 136-145.
---. "The First and Second Pastoral." The Works of John Dryden, pp. 72-83
---. "The Third and Fourth Pastoral." The Works of John Dryden, pp. 84-97
---. "Dedication of the Georgics." The Works of John Dryden, pp. 136-145
---. "The First Book of the Georgics" The Works of John Dryden, pp. 154-179
Pope, Alexander. "Pastorals." Twickenham Edition Of The Poems of Alexander Pope, pp 1-17, 576-579, 256-26 (the (poem and editor's notes to it)

Virgil. Eclogues 1-4; Georgic 1 Eclogues and Georgics.. Loeb Classical Library ed., pp. 24-54; 98-135. Cambridge, MA: Harvard UP, 1999. D. H. Hill Library Electronic Reserves.

Secondary Print Reserve Texts (in progress, to be on 1-day checkout print reserve in D. H. Hill Library)

Barry, Jonathan and Christopher Brooks, eds. The Middling Sort of People : Culture, Society, and Politics in England, 1550-1800
Chalker, John. The English Georgic: A Study in the Development of a Form
Christmas, William. The Lab'ring Muses: Work, Writing and the Social Order in English Plebian Poetry, 1730-1830
Clark, J. C. D. English Society, 1688-1832: Religion, Ideology and Politics during the Ancien Regime
Connery, Brian and Kirk Combe, eds. Theorizing Satire: Essays in Literary Criticism
Erskine-Hill, Howard. Poetry of Opposition and Revolution: Dryden to Wordsworth
Ferguson, Moira. Eighteenth-Century Women Poets: Nation, Class, and Gender
Goodridge, John. Rural Life in Eighteenth-Century Poetry
Harris, Tim, ed. Popular Culture in England, c. 1500-1850
Jack, Ian. Augustan Satire: Intention and Idiom in English Poetry, 1660-1750
Justice, George. Manufacturers of Literature: Writing and the Literary Marketplace in Eighteenth-Century England
Landry, Donna. The Muses of Resistance: Labouring-Class Women's Poetyr in Britain, 1739-1796
Lonsdale, Roger. Dryden to Johnson, vol. 4 of History of Literature.
-- -- --, ed. New Oxford Book of Eighteenth-Century Verse
Low, Anthony. The Georgic Revolution.
Potkay, Adam. The Passion for Happiness: Samuel Johnson to David Hume
Redford, Bruce The Converse of the Pen
Ribiero, Alvaro and James Basker, eds. Tradition in Transition: Women Writers, Marginal Texts, and the Eighteenth-Century Canon
Sacks, Peter. The English Elegy: Studies in Genre from Spenser to Yeats
Sambrook, James. English Pastoral
-- -- --. The Eighteenth Century: The Intellectual and Cultural Context
Seidel, Michael. Satiric Inheritance: Rabelais to Sterne
Siskin, Clifford. The Work of Writing: Literature and Social Change in Britain, 1700-1850
Spender, Dale, ed. Living By the Pen: Early British Women Writers
Todd, Dennis and Cynthia Wall, eds. Eighteenth-Century Genre and Culture: Essays in Honor of J. Paul Hunter
Tomarken, Edward. Genre and Ethics: The Education of an Eighteenth-Century Critic


18th-Century Studies Discussion List, "Selected Readings," bibliography of current studies in the field.


The Voice of the Shuttle
http://vos.ucsb.edu   chose Literature--English--Restoration and 18th Century--Authors, Works Projects

Early English Books Online  via Hill Library www.lib.ncsu.edu --> databases --> E

English Poetry 600- 1900  via Hill Library www.lib.ncsu.edu --> databases --> E

English Short Title Catalogure (ESTC) via Hill Library www.lib.ncsu.edu --> databases --> E

John Dennis on prosody and poetics

Course Requirements:
For your teaching practicum, you will plan and teach a portion of a class on your choice of work(s). Presentations will be 15-20 minutes, and may concentrate on close-readings, relevant secondary sources, or both, but must be focused and cogent.

Regular attendance is assumed, and engagement and active participation in discussions is expected. 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 about them.

In the longer research paper, students will choose topics addressing genre in some significant fashion and will draw on the secondary readings and research for further depth and context. All students will lead a class discussion by doing 15-minute oral presentations on a chosen text. 

Late Paper Policy: late papers accepted only 1 class late, with penalty. Any papers arriving later than that will not be accepted.

SYLLABUS (titles are followed by original publication dates)

M Jan. 9
Introduction: Genre and Culture
W. Jan.11

Marvell, "An Horatian Ode upon Cromwell's Return from Ireland" (1650); Cowley, "Ode of Wit" (1656); Behn, "An Ode to Love" (1684)
  Horace, Odes  http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/cgi-bin/ptext?lookup=Hor.+Carm.+1.1
click "table of contents," choose Book 1 poem 1, Book 1 poem 14, Book 2 poem 16

M. Jan. 16
Read all of Willcox & Arnstein, Age of Aristocracy for Wednesday
W. Jan 18
Age of Aristocracy, questions and discussion
M. Jan. 23

Dryden, "To the Pious Memory of the Accomplished Young Lady Mrs.Anne Killigrew, an Ode" (1686)


W. Jan. 25
Finch, "The Spleen: A Pindaric Poem" (1701-13);  Carter, "Ode to Melancholy" (1739)

Pindar, Olympian Odes, no. 1: http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/cgi-bin/ptext?lookup=Pind.+O.+1.1

Short Writing Assignment due

M. Jan. 30
Collins, "Ode on the Poetical Character" (1747); Gray, "The Progress of Poesy: A Pindaric Ode" (1768);
W. Feb. 1

Dryden, "Macflecknoe" (1676)  Close-Reading Paper  Due Friday, Feb. 3
Marvell, "Fleckno, an English Priest at Rome" (1681)  in English Poetry 600-1900 search "fleckno" and "marvell"

M. Feb. 6
Rochester, "Satire Against Reason and Mankind" (1680)
W. Feb. 8
Swift, A Tale of a Tub (1704)
M. Feb. 13
Swift, Tub continued
W. Feb. 15
Swift, Tub continued
M. Feb. 21

Pope, Rape of the Lock (1714)

W. Feb. 23
Johnson, "Vanity of Human Wishes" (1749)
M. Feb. 27

Swift, "On Sleeping in Church"; Butler, "Sermon 3"; Wesley, John "Sermon 52"; Whitefiled, "Directions How to Hear Sermons" and  "Sermon 6 Britain's Mercies, and Britain's Duty"

W. March 1

Bunyan, from Grace Abounding (1666); Smart, from Jubilate Agno (1758) Critical Review or Archival Research Paper Due Friday, March 3

M. March 6
M. March 8
M. March 13

Virgil, Eclogues 1-4; Dryden "Dedication to Pastorals," (E-reserves record #3)  Pastorals 1-4 (1696) E-reserves records#  8 and 22;

W. March 15

Ambrose Philips, "Pastorals 2, 5"(1709) [in Engish Poetry Database, record #4, 7] ; Pope, Pastorals (1711) E-reserves record #17; Gay, "The Toilette: A Town Eclogue" (1720) in Demaria

M. March 20

Virgil, Georgic Bk. I; Dryden, "Dedication, Georgic I" (E-reserves record #2); Addison, "Essay on Georgics" (1711) (E-reserves record #2 )

W. March 22

Duck, Thresher's Labour (1730) E-reserves record #23; Collier, The Woman's Labour (1739) E-reserve record #25

M. March 27
Student Teaching

Astell, from Serious Proposal to the Ladies (1694); Mandeville, from Essay on Whoring (1724)
Student Teacher: Jennifer Tingen

W. March 29
Addison & Steele, selected Spectators: (choose the XML version, March 1711) #1, 2. 3, 10, 11 (11 is in Demaria, too) 15, 66, 73 ; Johnson, selected Ramblers  #36, 37 (on pastoral)
Student Teacher: Suzanna Geiser

Research Proposal Due Friday, March 31 
M. April 3

Temple, Letters 3, 28, 58 (1653-4); MontaguTo the Lady X---, To the Lady ----, To Lady Mar, To Mr. Pope (1716-18); Pope, To Montagu (1718)

W. April 5

GrayTo West (1741); Walpole, To West (1740); Piozzi, to Johnson (1773); Burney,  about Johnson (1777)  Student Teacher: Christina Cartwright

M. April 10
Pope, Of the Characters of Women: An Epistle to a Lady (1735); Leapor, An Epistle to a Lady (1748) 
Student Teacher: Brandon Barber
W. April 12
Behn, "Ovid to Julia: A Letter" (1685); Burns, "Epistle to Davie, A Brother Poet" (1786)
Student Teacher: Heather Lucking
M. April 17
Philips, "Epitaph on Her Son" (1667); Behn, "Epitaph on the Tombstone of a Child" (1685); Prior, "For My Own Tomb-stone" 1718); Jones, "Her Epitaph" (1750); Cowper "To the Immortal Memory of the Halibut on which I Dined this Day" (1784); "Epitaph on a Hare" (1784)
Student Teacher: Aaron Bobick
W. April 19
Gray, An Elegy Wrote in a Country Churchyard (1751)
Student Teacher: Devjani Roy
M. April 24
Johnson, Rasselas
Student Teacher: Tom Sowders
W. April 26
Rasselas cont.
W. May 3

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