Module Identifier EN30630  
Academic Year 2004/2005  
Co-ordinator Dr David E Shuttleton  
Semester Semester 2  
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.  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam3 Hours  75%
Semester Assessment Essay: 1 x 2,500 word essay25%
Supplementary Assessment Resubmis any failed elements and/or make good any missing elements. 

Learning outcomes

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

1. demonstrate a detailed knowledge of a range of texts drawn from the period 1660-1780;

2. articulate this knowledge in the form of a reasoned critical analysis of particular texts;

3. locate the texts studied in appropriate literary, historical, and/or cultural contexts;

4. explain and engage with relevant aspects of recent scholarly and/or critical debates about the texts studied.


This module aims:

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.

Brief description

This module covers a representative range of writing published between the Restoration of King Charles II in 1660 and the American War of Independence in the 1780s; a wide span of history, and a period in which there were substantial changes in modes of literary production and reception. Rather than seeking to offer a comprehensive coverage of the period, the module aims to introduce students to the range and variety of the writing of the period under four key-headings.



1. Dramatic Comedy
We shall examine the changing shape of dramatic comedy as the libertine Restoration theatre gave way to new codes of politeness.

2. Poetry
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.

3. Satire
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.

Reading Lists

** Should Be Purchased
David Fairer and Christine Gerrard (eds.) Eighteenth-Century Poetry: An Annotated Anthology (2nd Edition) Blackwell 1405113197
Scott McMillin (ed.) Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Comedy Norton 0393963349
Alexander Pope Selected Poetry Oxford 0192834940
Eliza Haywood Love in Excess Broadview 1551113678
Henry Fielding Joseph Andrews and Shamela Oxford World's Classics 019283343X
Samuel Richardson Pamela Penguin 0140431403
Jonathan Swift Gulliver's Travels Penguin 0141439491

Web Page/Sites
** Essential Reading
John Dryden, 'Absalom and Achitophel' & 'Mac Flecknoe': texts available online


This module is at CQFW Level 6