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ENGLISH 4320: Restoration and 18th Century literature
Fall 2015

Dr. Paula R. Backscheider
9082 Haley Center
(334) 844-9091
Office Hours: Monday, 2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. or by appointment


Wits, coquettes, poets, prisoners, people willing to die for their religion and others willing to write on both sides of every political issue for a pocketful of change– a time and a literature that gave us the modern novel, our tax system, literary criticism, the modern prison, mass culture, hymns we still sing, glittering comedies, touching romantic plays and novels, and some of the most scathing satires ever written.

This discussion course studies the greatest literature written in the century often described as most like our own. Their problems were our problems (crime, gender relationships, defining the rights of individuals); they believed that literature mattes and helps create the world in which we live. We will sample all of the kinds of literature being written, including a novel, a few plays, satires of courtship, poetry, and a short, controversial biography.

Required Texts:

William Hogarth, Engravings By Hogarth, ed. Sean Shesgreen (9780486224794)

Jonathan Swift, Gulliver's Travels, ed. Robert de Maria (9780141439495)

Eliza Haywood, History of Miss Betsey Thoughtless, ed. Christine Blouch (9781551111476)

Erich Segal, Love Story, (9780060748098)

Nora Roberts, MacGregors: Daniel and Ian, (9780373483907)

Jane Austen, Pride & Prejudice, ed. Donald J. Gray (9780393976045)

Alexander Pope, Rape of the Lock & Other Poems, ed. Martin Price (9780451532107)

Samuel Johnson, Samuel Johnson: Selected Poetry and Prose, ed. Frank Brady and William Wimsatt, Jr. (9780520035522)



18: Introduction
20: Hogarth. “The Four Times of Day,” plates 42-45; “Beer Street and Gin Alley,” plates 75-76; “The Four Stages of Cruelty,” plates 77-80.
25: Hogarth. “Marriage a la Mode,” plates 51-56.
27: Catherine d’Aulnoy, “The Isle of Happiness”*


1: Eliza Haywood, “Fantomina”*; Hogarth, “A Rake’s Progress,” plates 28-35.
3: Hans Christian Andersen, “The Little Mermaid”*
8: Eliza Haywood, “The City Jilt”*; Erich Segal, Love Story
10: Hogarth, “A Harlot’s Progress,” plates, 18-23, and review “A Rake’s Progress”
15: Nora Roberts, Daniel and Ian, pt. 1, “For Now, Forever”
17: Continued.
22: Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice. Paper One due.
24: Continued
29: Continued


1: Mid-term exam
6: Jonathan Swift, Gulliver’s Travels, bks. 1, 2, and from bk.3, chapters 1,2,4,5, and 10
8: Gulliver’s Travels, bk. 4
13: Continued
20: Alexander Pope, The Rape of the Lock
22: Pope, Eloisa to Abelard
27: Eliza Haywood, The History of Miss Betsy Thoughtless
29: Continued


3: Samuel Johnson, Rasselas
5: Continued
10: Johnson, Selections from Life of Savage
12: Johnson, “Preface to the Dictionary,”
17: Second paper due.
19: Anne Finch, “The Introduction”* and “Mercury and the Elephant: A Prefatory Fable”*


1: Pope, “Epilogue to the Satires: Dialogue Two”
3: Finch, “The Critick and the Writer of Fables”*

Final Exam: Wednesday, December 9: 4-6:30
*On Canvas