English 579: Restoration and Early 18th-Century Drama

M W 3:00-4:15 Tompkins G117


Dr. J. Morillo
Office = Tompkins 270. Office phone = 513-8040
Office Hours: M W 10:00-12; T 10:30-12:00   and by appointment

Description: We will study a variety of representative Restoration plays from the dominant genre of libertine comedy, but also some tragedy, tragi-comedy, and sentimental comedy.  We will explore works by men and women playwrights during this vibrant time for the theater, and how the theater responded to and helped shape the broader cultural contexts of the English Restoration period, from 1660 to the 17-teens. We will consider the parallel development of drama and theories of drama by playwrights as well as critics in a time when the drama was often the center of religious, political, and aesthetic controversy. How did the theater of this period respond to  the cultural concerns and needs of the time, including the roles of the sexes and questions of individual and state power?

Required Texts:

Broadview Anthology of Restoration and Early Eighteenth-Century Drama: An Anthology. Ed. J. Douglas Canfield. Ontario, CA: Broadview Press,  2001.
*note that there is also a concise version, but you need to get the full version.  List = $70 new


Dryden, John, Essay of Dramatick Poesie (1668), ed. Jack Lynch: http://andromeda.rutgers.edu/~jlynch/Texts/drampoet.html
Collier, Jeremy, A Short View of the Immorality and Profaneness of the English Stage (1698)
Addison, Josesph and Richard Steele The Tatler and The Spectator (1709;1711) http://meta.montclair.edu/spectator/

ELECTRONIC RESERVES via  D. H. Hill Library Reserve Room.
They 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 home page  http://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.
    Works Currently Available on E Reserve; more may be added:

Carlson, Marvin, "The Restoration and Eighteenth Century in England, in Theories of the Theater (1993)
Centlivre, Susannah, The Busie Body (another ed. of the complete play)
Congreve, William Concerning Humour in Comedy (1695)
Dryden, John, The Grounds of Criticism in Tragedy (1679)
Howe, Elizabeth, "Introduction: the Restoration Theatre," in The First English Actresses (1992)
Harth, Philip "Political Interpretations of Venice Preserv'd" (1988)
Kelsall, Malcolm, Introduction to Venice Preserv'd (1968)
Kinney, Suz-anne, "Confinement Sharpens the Invention"(1994)
Nagler, George, Source Book in Theatrical History (in two files)
Styan, J. L, "The Restoration Stage" and "The Georgian Theatre" in The English Stage (1996)

Other Resources:

NCSU Electronic BOOKS, Early English Books Online

then pick catalog search via author, title, or key word
in this e-book form you can find
Dennis, John, The Usefulness of the Stage (1698), his reply to Collier's call to censor theater further

The Restoration Comedy Project

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

18th-Century Studies Discussion List "Selected Readings, "links to current scholarly essays, bibliographies of current publications

Theatre Database

World of the London Theatre Project (U. Florida class projects)

PRINT RESEARCH PAPER RESOURCES: Books on Restoration Theater, Culture, History

Course Requirements/ % of Grade:
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 would net you 9 x .15 or 1.35 points toward the final 12.  Or, a C in participation nets you 5 x .10 or .5, an A on the final paper 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--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 may 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 3 absences beyond the allowed 3 loses you a half letter grade on your 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.


We will be reading a play a week for 11 weeks, plus secondary works and criticism. Always have finished reading the play by Monday of each week We will continue discussing it along with other readings on Wednesdays.  Date of publication follows each play title.

W. Aug 20
Introduction. 1641-1660, Arts Under Suspicion,  Restoration of the monarchy and a new state of theater. Acting option Assignment
M. Aug 25
Wycherley, The Country Wife (1675 );  E RESERVE #1: Howe, Introduction, The Restoration Theatre (1-18)    
W. Aug. 27
County Wife cont.  E RESERVE #2: Styan , "The Restoration Stage," (255-6; 260-3, his remarks on The Country Wife
M. Sep. 1
NO CLASS. Read Etherege
W. Sep. 3
Etherege, The Man of Mode (1676) Richard Steele and John Dennis on Man of Mode
M. Sept. 8
Man of Mode cont. E RESERVE #16 Carlson, Theories of the Theater, pp. 112-140
W. Sept. 10
Behn, The Rover (1677)
M. Sept. 15
 The Rover cont. E RESERVE #12 Kinney, "Confinement Sharpens the Invention"
W. Sept. 17

Dryden, An Essay of Dramatick Poesie (1668) http://andromeda.rutgers.edu/~jlynch/Texts/drampoet.html

Glossary for Allusions and Quotes in the Esaay of Dramatick Poesie

Sept. 19
First Paper: Close Reading: we don't meet in class on Fridays, but papers will be due in a folder on my office some Fridays   Excellent prior papers

Your Essays

What to Do About Lucy? The Writer-in-Waiting in Wycherly’s The Country Wife

“There’s No Sinner like a Young Saint:” The Metaphoric Subversion of Religion in Behn’s The Rover

Feigning Control and Maintaining Madness in Behn’s The Rover; Or, The Banished Cavaliers

Can’t Buy Me Love: Commodity and Courtship in Aphra Behn’s The Rover

The Man of Mode and the Absence of Sir Fopling Flutter

Will the Real Fool Please Stand Up? Dorimant as the Fool in George Etherege’s The Man of Mode 

M. Sept. 22
student group acting performances
W. Sept. 24
more performances
M. Oct. 29
Dryden, Marriage a la Mode (1671)
W. Oct. 1
Marriage a la Mode cont.
Kevin Casey teaching   Grading Dryden results
M. Oct. 6
Dryden, All for Love (1677);  E RESERE #4 Dryden, "The Grounds of Criticism in Tragedy"  All for Love is Dryden's version of the story from Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra
Historical Antony, Cleopatra and Actium     Dryden's dedication to Thomas Osborne, Lord Danby  &  Dryden's Preface = in EEBO, search All for Love
W. Oct. 8
All for Love cont. Trisha Brothers teaching
Th-F Oct. 9-10
M. Oct. 13
Otway, Venice Preserv’d (1682: E RESERVE #5 Kelsall, Introduction to Venice Preserv'd
Michael Noschka teaching
W. Oct. 15

Venice Preserved cont. E RESERVE #6  Harth "Political Interpretations of Venice Preserv'd"

Venice 1618, England 1678-9, England 1681-2

M. Oct 20

Collier,  Short View of Immorality and Profaneness of the Stage (1696) ; Mary Gulledge Teaching Collier Outline

Dennis, The Dignity and Usefulness of the Stage
Introduction, chaps. 1-4

W. Oct. 22
Collier controversy cont.  First Year of the Pamphlet Wars
M. Oct. 27
Second Paper due
W. Oct. 29
 Cibber, Love's Last Shift (1696)      Jena Al-Fuhaid teaching                                     
M. Nov. 3
 Vanbrugh, The Relapse (1696)              
W. Nov. 5
The Relapse cont. Amanda Mizelle teaching
M. Nov. 10
Farquhar, The Beaux's Stratagem (1707) : E RESERVE #7 Farquhar, A Discourse Upon Comedy     Research Proposal Due
W. Nov. 12
 Beaux's Stratagem  cont. Madison Natt teaching
M. Nov. 17
Centlivre, A Bold Stroke for a Wife (1718)
W. Nov. 19
Addison, Cato: A Tragedy (1713)   Addison, Spectators no. 39, 40, 42, 44
M. Nov. 24
Cato cont. Cato's Politics
W. Nov. 26
E RESERVE #9 Styan Georgian Theater Ch. 11
M. Dec. 1

encore performances  3 Scenes from A Bold Stroke for a Wife:  II.2, III.1, IV.1
W. Dec. 3
encore performances   last scenes from Cato, Venice Preserv'd, The Relapse, The Beaux's Strategem

T. Dec. 9
Research Paper Due

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