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English 579: Restoration and Early 18th-Century Drama

M W 3:00-4:15 Tompkins G113

Dr. John Morillo
Office = Tompkins 270. Office phone = 513-8040
Office Hours: M W  F 10-11; T 11-12  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, issues of liberty, 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. Print.
.  List = $52 used
*note that there is also a concise version, but you need to get the full version


Dryden, John, Essay of Dramatick Poesie (1668), ed. Jack Lynch:
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)

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.
 choose Course Reserves
then search under instructor name  Morillo and/or ENG579
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.
Required Readings Currently Available on E Reserve; more may be added:

Carlson, Marvin, "The Restoration and Eighteenth Century in England, in Theories of the Theater (1993)
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" 2 chapters 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   chose Literature in 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

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

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.

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.

M. Jan 10
Introduction. 1641-1660, Arts Under Suspicion,  Restoration of the monarchy and a new state of theater. Acting option Assignment
W. Jan 12
Wycherley, The Country Wife (1675 );  E RESERVE : Howe, Introduction, The Restoration Theatre (1-18)    
M. Jan 17
NO CLASS. Read County Wife
W. Jan 19
County Wife cont.  E RESERVE : Styan , "The Restoration Stage," (255-6; 260-3, his remarks on The Country Wife
M Jan 24
Etherege, The Man of Mode (1676) Richard Steele and John Dennis on Man of Mode
W. Jan 26
Man of Mode cont. E RESERVE  Carlson, Theories of the Theater, pp. 112-140
M. Jan 31
Behn, The Rover (1677)
W Feb 2
 The Rover cont. E RESERVE  Kinney, "Confinement Sharpens the Invention"
M. Feb 7

Dryden, An Essay of Dramatick Poesie (1668)

Glossary for Allusions and Quotes in the Esaay of Dramatick Poesie (Morillo)

W Feb 9
Dryden cont.
F Feb 11
First Paper Due: 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
M. Feb. 14
student group acting performances Company 1 = Geovani Ramirez, Eric Genesky, Kyra Ramirez, Lindsay Smith
W. Feb. 16
more performances: Company 2 = Annie Land, Rachel Phillips, Lara Oliver
M. Feb. 21
Dryden, Marriage a la Mode (1671)
W. Feb 23
Marriage a la Mode cont.
Paul Lascara: student  teaching   

Grading Dryden results (Casey)
M. Feb 28
Historical Antony, Cleopatra and Actium (Morillo)
Dryden, All for Love[Dryden's version of the story from Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra] (1677);  E RESERE  Dryden, "The Grounds of Criticism in Tragedy"  
    Dryden's dedication to Thomas Osborne, Lord Danby  &  Dryden's Preface = in EEBO, search All for Love
W. Mar 2
All for Love cont. student teaching : Etaf Hatu
M-F Mar  7-11
M. Mar 14
Otway, Venice Preserv’d (1682: E RESERVE  Kelsall, Introduction to Venice Preserv'd
 student teaching: Lindsey Stoneking
W. Mar 16

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

Venice 1618, England 1678-9, England 1681-2 (Morillo)

M. Mar 21

Collier,  Short View of Immorality and Profaneness of the Stage (1696) choose EEBO, search author: Collier & title keywords Short View. Choose item# 3 ;  Collier Outline (Gulledge)

W. Mar 23
Collier controversy cont.  First Year of the Pamphlet Wars (Morillo)
Dennis, The Dignity and Usefulness of the Stage  choose EEBO, search author Dennis & title keywords Usefulness
Introduction, chaps. 1-4
M. Mar 28
 Cibber, Love's Last Shift (1696)
W. Mar 30
 Cibber, Love's Last Shift (1696)      Alec Noller teaching                                     
F Apr 1 Second Paper due
M. Apr 4
 Vanbrugh, The Relapse (1696)         
W. Apr 6
The Relapse cont. Jill Baccola teaching     
M. Apr 11
Farquhar, The Beaux's Stratagem (1707) : E RESERVE  Farquhar, A Discourse Upon Comedy     Research Proposal Due
W. Apr 13
 Beaux's Stratagem  cont.
M. Apr 18
Centlivre, A Bold Stroke for a Wife (1718)
W. Apr 20
Addison, Cato: A Tragedy (1713)   Addison, Spectators no. 39, 40, 42, 44
M. Apr 25
Cato cont. Cato's Politics (Morillo)
W. Apr 28
E RESERVE  Styan Georgian Theater Ch. 11
M May 9
Research Paper Due

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