English 562 Dr. Morillo
Eighteenth-Century English Literature
Tompkins G115  M, W 3-4:15
Spring 2009
Office=Tompkins 270; phone: 513-8040
email = morillo@unity.ncsu.edu
web page syllabus = http://www4.ncsu.edu/unity/users/m/morillo/public/56209.html
Office Hours:  M W F 11:15-12 and by appointment


We will approach the rich field of eighteenth-century texts from the literary-historical perspective of genre, by studying a 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; elegies and epitaphs; sermons and devotional writing; and weird works with no definite or agreed upon genre. Eighteenth-century writers were constantly reevaluating what should count as literature, so will explore the way forms for writing poetry and prose allowed authors to innovate carefully while remaining anchored in tradition; how men and women writers handled the same genres; which genres 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 subjects and audiences. Though we will not include the novel or drama, we will consider other kinds of shorter prose  fiction and nonfiction. We will study the works of writers from a century of great intellectual range from which we have inherited some abiding interests. You will work with older and recent criticism of genres and texts and pursue independent research.

Learning Outcomes:

Required Print Text: NCSU Bookstore

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

Print Research Resources on Genre, Literature, and Culture

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 searchable database of all the best scholarship for the last 10 years here:
click on "Selected Readings"

The Voice of the Shuttle
, Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Literature pages  http://vos.ucsb.edu/  --> literature (in English)--> Restoration & 18th Century     a wealth of links to many resources
Early English Books Online  via Hill Library www.lib.ncsu.edu --> databases --> E
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
English Short Title Catalogue (ESTC) http://www.lib.ncsu.edu  ---> Database Finder-->E-->

Course Requirements

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 2 (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 .25 or 2.75 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.

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. 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

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.


W Jan 7
Introduction  Cultural Timeline
Reading poetry: fundamentals of prosody
M 12
Daniel Defoe The True-Born Englishman, A Satire (1700) and 1703 ed. Preface by Defoe
W 14

John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester "A Satyr on Reason and Mankind" (1680) on "right Reason";
Rochester  "Upon Nothing" ;  Defoe on "Upon Nothing;
M 19
W 21
Aphra Behn "The Golden Age" (1684) on Golden Age mythology        Tasso Aminta   
 Paper 1 Due, Close Reading
M 26
Jonathan Swift A Tale of the Tub (1704)  A Text Map of the Tub 
W 28
A Tale of the Tub
M Feb 2
A Tale of the Tub 
W 4

A Tale of the Tub 

M 9
Alexander Pope The Rape of the Lock (1714)   a hypertext edition
W 11


Alexander Pope The Rape of the Lock (1714)    The card game page is no longer online

sylphs and agency

F. 13
Paper 2 Due: Reading 18th-century Criticism
M 16
Sermons &  Devotions

John Bunyan Grace Abounding; Margaret Fox Women's Speaking Justified; Margaret Cavendish Description of a New World (all 1666)

W 18
Jonathan Swift On Sleeping in Church (1744);  George Whitefield Sermon 28, How to Hear Sermons
M 23  Joseph Butler, Sermon III (1740); John Wesley, Sermon 52 (1763)   Matt Holmes presents
W 25

Christopher Smart, from Jubilate Agno Norrie Meus presents

Hypertext edition of the full text

M-W March 2-14
spring break-no class
M 9 Odes
Pindaric Odes
Myths of Pelops and Tantalus /Story outline of Olympian I 
Pindar, Olympian I       Pindar, Olymian I Way's verse translation
Pindar's Olympian I read in Greek
Abraham Cowley The Second Olympian Ode of Pindar
W 11
John Dennis on the Pindaric Ode
William Congreve, A Discourse on the Pindarique Ode ; Prosody in Ode on the Victories of Marlborough

M 16

Anne Finch, The Spleen;   Maureen Cunnignham presents
Thomas Gray, The Progress of Poesy
W 18
Horatian Odes
Horace, Ode I.5, I.10 and Ode I.3;
John Milton, translation of Ode I.5; John Dryden, translation of Horace I.10 and I.3  Kristin Kirkland presents    PowerPoint on Horatian Odes
A Short Dissertation upon Horace
An Horatian ode read in Latin
M 23

Behn "Ode to Love"; Elizabeth Carter "Ode to Melancholy" (1739); Carter, Essay On Fancy (1770) Katherine Pearl presents

W 25

 William Collins "Ode to Fear" "Ode on the Poetical Character", "Ode to Evening" (1747-8); Wordsworth. Remembrance of Collins in "Lines Written Near Richmond" Stacey Bigliardi presents
F 27
Paper 3 Due: Reading Current Criticism
M 30 letters & epistles Alexander Pope "To Lady Mary W. Montagu" (1717); Montagu, "To Mr. Alexander Pope (both letters)
Pope Eloisa to Abelard  (1717)   Becky Finken presents
W Apr 1

Pope Of the Characters of Women: An Epistle to a Lady (1735) Matt Marusak presents
M 6 epitaphs & elegies

Dryden To the Pious Memory of Mrs. Anne Killigrew; Pope Elegy to the Memory of an Unfortuante Lady  Madison Natt presents

W 8

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)  Anne Rudisill presents

F  10
M 13

Proposals due

Cowper ; "Epitaph on a Hare" (1784) "On a Goldfinch" (1782) "To the Immortal Memory of the Halibut on which I Dined this Day" (1784)  Amy Heishman presents

W 15
Thomas Gray An Elegy Wrote in a Country Church Yard (1751Zach Finch presents
M  20 apologue Samuel Johnson The History of Rasselas (1759) Mary Gulledge presents
W 22
W April 29, exam week
Final Papers Due  As file emailed to me before NOON


reading: satire

Swift "Beautiful Young Nymph Going to Bed"; The Lady's Dressing Room" (1732); Mary Montagu "Reasons that Induced Dr. S-- to Write a Poem Called the Lady's Dressing Room" (1732-4)

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