|Module Title||RESTORATION AND EIGHTEENTH CENTURY LITERATURE|
|Co-ordinator||Dr David E Shuttleton|
|Other staff||Mrs Carol M Marshall, Dr Louise Marshall, Marie Hockenhull Smith|
|Pre-Requisite||EN10320 , EN10420|
|Course delivery||Lecture||30 Hours|
|Seminars / Tutorials||10 Hours Seminar.|
1. to introduce students to a range of poetry, drama, and fiction from the period from the 1660s to the 1780s;
2. to locate this writing in the literary, socio-historical and cultural contexts in which it was produced and read;
3. to encourage students to reflect critically on the texts chosen for special study;
4. to encourage students to explore the relations between literary texts and between texts and their contexts;
5. to encourage students to familiarize themselves with recent critical debates about the writing of this period.
1. Dramatic Comedy
We shall examine the changing shape of dramatic comedy as the libertine Restoration theatre gave way to new codes of politeness.
We shall focus upon the contrast between 'Town and Country' to explore a shift from neo-classical imitation towards more realistic, 'modern' and sentimental poetic forms.
We shall explore this dominant literary mode of both the late seventeenth-century, when party politics emerges, and the early eighteenth century, when literary professionalism, including an increase in female authorship, generated a new climate of public criticism.
4. Prose Fiction
We shall examine the development of sophisticated forms of prose fiction that accompanied the rapid expansion of the literary marketplace.
Lectures and seminars
Lectures (three per week) on this module are primarily concerned with mapping generic and cultural contexts and suggesting ideological and critical consequences, whilst the weekly seminars provide a forum for close textual analysis and the discussion of critical issues. Each Tutor will present a seminar programme covering material under all four headings. Subject to availability, etc., titles will be selected from the recommended editions listed below.
Assessment is by one 2,500 word essay (which will contribute 25% of the module mark), and a three-hour, two question examination paper. The examination answers should be from any two sections of the module not chosen for the essay topic. The examination will contribute 75% of the module mark.
This module is at CQFW Level 6