Restoration & 18th-Century Drama
Second Paper Assignment: Critical
Review of Recent Scholarship on an
Due as emailed file Friday, March 25 by noon.
Please submit all papers
in file form thus:
Be sure your last name is in the file name. Be sure the file format is
either *.doc or *.rtf if you are using a Mac.
Although *.pdf is
great for exacting formats, it is harder to for me to comment directly
in the file and copy & paste via your text, so please avoid it. I
will comment on your work via word/comment function.
Along with your critical
review, be sure to turn in a file copy (usually pdf) of the published
*.pdf is fine for this because I don't have to commnent in it.
For this 5-6 page paper, first choose any play on the syllabus that you
would like to explore further, and then select one published criticism
of that work. If a secondary work of interest is focused on a
playwright rather than a single play, or addresses different plays than
we've read, this can still work if you take what is argued about that
playwright's work in other plays and apply it to the one play you've
read by the same playwright. Your chosen criticism may be in print or
online, but it needs to be
no earlier than 1994.
Evaluate the chosen critical essay.
will need to do several things before you can write your paper:
able to summarize the critic’s argument; weigh the argument against
own interpretation of that primary text. Also consider the
issues: how to structure your paper; whether to include an explicit
of the critical piece or not; how to evaluate the author’s assumptions,
claims, theoretical stance, evidence etc.; how to evaluate style and
Be critical but also respectful of other peoples’ ideas. Criticism need
not be synonymous with attack.
Some sources for criticism beyond the reserve list:
Restoration: Studies in English Literary Culture,
1650-1850 : Ideas, Aesthetics, and Inquiries in the Early Modern
British Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies
The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation
For more sources and descriptions of these see the MLA Directory of Periodicals, an
online database in the library's alphabetical database menu
For the latest studies, and an excellent search engine for browsing
them, see the Selected Readings link at C18-L:
For example, by searching "congreve" in it you find this book from 1997:
* Young, Douglas M. The Feminist Voices in Restoration Comedy: The
Virtuous Women in the Play-Worlds of Etherege, Wycherley, and Congreve.
University Press of America, 1997. 278 pp. ISBN: 0761806806 (cloth);
If you don't find a work in
our library don't stop there. You can search UNC Davis Library and Duke
and use our TripSaver to get the work delivered to the NCSU Hill
Further questions? email me email@example.com
to Eng 579 Syllabus