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ENGL 4330: The Age of Revolution
Fall 2017

Dr. Paula R. Backscheider
9082 Haley Center
(334) 844-9091
Office hours: Thursday, 2-4 and by appointment

Required Texts:

Daniel Defoe, Colonel Jack (Peterborough, ON: Broadview Press, 2015).

Eliza Haywood, The History of Miss Betsy Thoughtless (Peterborough, ON: Broadview Press, 1998).

Edward Kimber, History of the Life and Adventures of Mr. Anderson (Peterborough, ON: Broadview Press, 2008).

Charlotte Lennox, Euphemia (Peterborough, ON: Broadview Press, 2008).



22: Orientation

Of greater importance than the Crusades or the Wars of Roses [was that] the middle-class woman [and man] began to write. --Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own

24: *Jane Barker, Love Intrigues; *Marie Catherine d'Aulnoy, "The Isle of Happiness," pp. 176-185.

29: Continue Aulnoy, "The Isle of Happiness," pp. 186-97; *Eliza Haywood, The City Jilt

31: *Anne Finch, "To the Nightingale" and "The Owl Describing Her Young Ones"; *Mary Chudleigh, "To the Ladies"; *Charlotte Smith, "Sonnet XCI: Reflections on Some Drawings"; *Jane Cave Winscom, "Thoughts occasioned by the Proceedings on Bristol-Bridge."


5: *Elizabeth Hands, "On the Supposition of an Advertisement Appearing"; *Priscilla Poynton, "The Author, One Evening..."; *Anna Letitia Barbauld, "On a Lady's Writing" and "The Caterpillar."

7: Insights based on poems. Report: Revolution selected

12: Daniel Defoe, Colonel Jack

14: Continued

19: Continued. Expert contributions on topics in novels.

21: *Elizabeth Hands, The Death of Amnon

The Custom of our Country inslaves us from our very Cradles, first to our Parents, next to our Husbands; and when Heaven is so kind to rid us of both these our Brothers still usurp Authority, ... so that Maids, Wives, or Widows, we are little better than Slaves to the Tyrant Man. --Susannah Centlivre, The Wonder: A Woman Keeps a Secret

26: Eliza Haywood, The History of Miss Betsy Thoughtless, to p. 326.

28: Continued, complete the novel.


3: Continued

5: Midterm Exam. Report: Causes, factions and stakes in selected revolution

10: Introduction to the American Revolution. *Linda Colley, selection from Britons, 132-45; *Kathleen Wilson, "The Crisis: Radicalism, Loyalism and the American War" from The Sense of the People, 236-84; "The Declaration of Independence."


17: What got us here? Edward Kimber, The History of the Life and Adventures of Mr. Anderson

19: Continued

24: Continued. Report: Attack plan for writing final paper on selected revolution.

The American army might have been tracked by the blood of their feet, in marching without shoes or stockings over the hard frozen ground between Whitemarsh and Valley Forge. --Joel Barlow, History of England, from the Year 1765, to the Year 1795 (written as eye witness to the march as the chaplain to the Third Massachusetts Brigade, American Revolution)

26: *Anna Seward, "Verses, Inviting Stella to Tea"; *from Mary Favret, War at a Distance, 25-29; and *selection from Jason Shaffer, Performing Patriotism, 30-32, 59-65.

31: +Elizabeth Inchbald, Every One Has His Fault (1793 edition, ECCO)


2: Continued

7: *Frederick Douglas, "What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?" *Three popular patriotic songs; selection from Jody Rosen, "Two American Anthems, in Two American Voices"; Debate.

Oh, write to me constantly, write me pages and volumes. Tell me the dress thou wearest, ... tell me thy dreams, -- any thing: so but talk to me, and of thy self.... Think only, my dear girl, upon the gratification which the perusal, and the reperusal fifty times repeated, will afford me... --Matthew Flinders, midshipman British Navy, to his wife Ann

9: Report and Paper Due on selected Revolution.

14: Continued.

16: Continued.


28: *From William Blackstone, Commentaries on the Laws of England, "Of Husbands and Wives"; *Charlotte Smith, "Preface" to Desmond; *Frances Brooke, "Preface to the Second Edition [of The Excursion]," 1-2.

30: Charlotte Lennox, Euphemia, to letter XXIX, p. 179.


5: Continued. Finish novel.

7: Continued and Insights based on readings.

*Indicates the reading is on Canvas.

+Indicates the reading is on ECCO - in the library database, Eighteenth-Century Collections Online

Final Exam: December 11, 8-10:30 a.m.