Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Restoration & Eighteenth Century Literature
Academic Year
Semester 2
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 20 x 1 hour lectures
Seminars / Tutorials 10 x 1 hour seminars


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 1 X 2000 WORD ESSAY  on a single text from Section A  33%
Semester Exam 3 Hours   2 QUESTION EXAM  Question 1 on a single text from Section B Question 2 on any two texts from the module  67%
Supplementary Assessment Resubmit or resit failed elements and/or make good any missing elements 
Supplementary Exam 3 Hours   Resit exam  Resit examination  100%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

demonstrate knowledge of a representative range of literary texts from across the period

locate texts in appropriate cultural and historical contexts

articulate a detailed critical analysis of individual texts from the period that shows an understanding of their distinctive qualities

relate texts from the period either to each other, or to a common theme


1. Introduction to the module


2. Libertine and Court Culture
3. William Wycherley, The Country Wife (1675)
4. Aphra Behn, The Rover (1675)
5. From Libertinism to Sensibility: Wycherley, Behn and Sheridan
6. Richard Sheridan, The School for Scandal (1777)


7. Introduction to the Eighteenth-Century Novel
8. Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe (1719) 1
9. Robinson Crusoe 2
10. Gender, Sensibility and the Mid-Century Novel: Pamela (1740)
11. Samuel Richardson, Pamela (1740) 1
12. Pamela 2


13. Religion and Poetry
14. John Milton, Paradise Lost (1666) 1
15. Paradise Lost 2
16. Satire and Poetry
17. Alexander Pope, The Rape of the Lock (1714)
18. The Rape of the Lock 2
19. Labouring-Class Poetry: Stephen Duck and Mary Collier (1730-1739)

20. Module Conclusion + Examination Preparation

Brief description

This module seeks to introduce students to a representative range of writing across the Restoration and Eighteenth Century. The seminar texts illustrate a number of key cultural and political issues: the Restoration of 1660, Puritan versus Cavalier culture, the "Glorious Revolution" of 1688, imperialism and colonialism, the growth of a professional literary marketplace, changing conceptions of authorship, the development of the novel, the cult of sensibliity and debates about the "feminization" of culture. In addition to the above, the lectures and seminars will also address the following areas in relation to the literary texts: town and country, gender, sexuality, class, religious expression and morlaity. The module familiarises students with a range of literary forms: poetry, the novel, drama, satire. For each seminar text, there will be 2 lectures: one closely focused on the text, and the other locating that text in wider contexts (cultural, political, biographical, critical, theoretical).

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Communication (Written) in essays and examination answers students are encouraged to express their ideas articulately and fluently (Oral) seminars are based on group discussion and brief student presentations
Improving own Learning and Performance Students are encouraged to take more personal initiative in the planning and conduct of their preparation for assignments than at Level 1, and to make use of a broader range of resources; formal feedback on essays and informal feedback on seminar participation helps students measure their improvement
Information Technology Substantial use is made of electronic text-databases (EEBO, LION), of electronic journals, and of Blackboard, and students are encouraged to familiarise themselves with these
Personal Development and Career planning Only insofar as the module covers key areas of literature in which students intending to teach English would need to demonstrate competence; or which might be related to future academic research
Problem solving In essays and examination answers: by formulating and putting into practice a critical approach appropriate to text and topic set
Research skills In preparation for seminars, essays, and exams: by investigation of literary texts, associated critical and scholarly writing, and the relationship of literary texts to historical an cultural contexts
Subject Specific Skills Close reading of older literary texts; grasp of generic and intertextual relationships between texts; identification and analysis of appropriate historical and cultural contexts
Team work Informal group work in seminars

Reading List

Should Be Purchased
(c1997.) Restoration and eighteenth-century comedy /edited by Scott McMillin. W.W. Norton & Co Primo search Bunyan, John (1678) The Piligrim's Progress Penguin edition Primo search Defoe, Daniel (1719) Robinson Crusoe Penguin edition Primo search Haywood, Eliza (1719-20) Love in excess, or, The fatal enquiry /by Eliza Haywood; edited and with an introduction by David Oakleaf. Broadview Press, 2000 Primo search Pope, Alexander (1994) Selected Poetry, ed Rogers, Pat Oxford World's Classics Primo search Richardson, Samuel (1740) Pamela, ed Keymer, Thomas and Wakely, Alice Oxford World's Classics 2001 Primo search
Supplementary Text
(2000.) A companion to literature from Milton to Blake /edited by David Womersley. Blackwell Publishers Primo search Brewer, John (Sept. 1997) Pleasures of the Imagination:English Culture in the Eighteenth Century Farrar, Straus & Giroux Primo search Colley, Linda (May 2005) Britons:Forging the Nation, 1707-1837 Yale University Press Primo search Hill, Christopher (1988.) A turbulent, seditious, and factious people :John Bunyan and his church 1628-1688 /Christopher Hill. Clarendon Primo search Hughes, Derek (July 1996) English Drama, 1660-1700 Oxford University Press, Incorporated Primo search Richetti, John J. (1999.) The English novel in history 1700-1780 / John Richetti. Routledge Primo search Spencer, Jane. (1986 (various p) The Rise of the woman novelist :from Aphra Behn to Jane Austen /Jane Spencer. Blackwell Primo search Todd, Janet (1986.) Sensibility : an introduction /Janet Todd. Methuen Primo search
Reference Text
(1996.) Pope /edited and introduced by Brean Hammond. Longman Primo search
Essential Reading
Collier, Mary The Woman's Labour Primo search Duck, Stephen The Thresher's Labour Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 5