Module Identifier EN20620  
Academic Year 2007/2008  
Co-ordinator Dr Sarah H Prescott  
Semester Semester 2  
Other staff Rebecca Sioned Davies, Professor Sarah C Hutton, Dr Louise Marshall, Mr Michael J Smith  
Course delivery Lecture   20 x 1 hour lectures  
  Seminars / Tutorials   10 x 1 hour seminars  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam3 Hours 2 QUESTION EXAM Question 1 on a single text from Section B Question 2 on any two texts from the module67%
Semester Assessment 1 X 2000 WORD ESSAY on a single text from Section A33%
Supplementary Assessment Resubmit or resit failed elements and/or make good any missing elements.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


1-2. Introductory Lectures: Restoration and Eighteenth Century Literature and Culture
3-4. Town, Court and Country: The Country Wife (1675)
5-6. Cavalier Culture and Sexual Politics: The Rover (1675)
7-8. The Puritan Tradition: The Pilgrim's Progress (1678)
9-10. Colonial Encounters: Robinson Crusoe (1719)

11-12. Gender, Novels, and Novelties: Love in Excess (1719)
13-14. Satire and Authorship: Epistle to Dr Arbuthnot (1735)
15-16. Labouring-Class Poetry: The Thresher's Labour and The Woman's Labour (1730-1739)
17-18. Class, Gender and Morality in the Mid-Century Novel: Pamela (1740)
19-20. Sentiment, Sensibility and the Eighteenth-Century Stage: The School for Scandal (1777)

Brief description

This revised 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

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  
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  
Team work Informal group work in seminars  
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  
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  

Reading Lists

** Should Be Purchased
Bunyan, John (1678) The Piligrim's Progress Penguin edition
Defoe, Daniel (1719) Robinson Crusoe /Daniel Defoe. Penguin edition 0140439358PBK
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
Pope, Alexander (1994) Selected Poetry, ed Rogers, Pat Oxford World's Classics
Richardson, Samuel (1740) Pamela, ed Keymer, Thomas and Wakely, Alice Oxford World's Classics 2001
(c1997.) Restoration and eighteenth-century comedy /edited by Scott McMillin. W.W. Norton & Co 0393963349
** Supplementary Text
Brewer, John (Sept. 1997) Pleasures of the Imagination:English Culture in the Eighteenth Century Farrar, Straus & Giroux 0374234582CLOTHOVERBOARDS
Colley, Linda (May 2005) Britons:Forging the Nation, 1707-1837 Yale University Press 0300107595TRADEPAPER
Hill, Christopher (1988.) A turbulent, seditious, and factious people :John Bunyan and his church 1628-1688 /Christopher Hill. Clarendon 0198128185
Hughes, Derek (July 1996) English Drama, 1660-1700 Oxford University Press, Incorporated 0198119747TRADECLOTHONDEMAND
Richetti, John J. (1999.) The English novel in history 1700-1780 / John Richetti. Routledge 0415009502
Spencer, Jane. (1986 (various p) The Rise of the woman novelist :from Aphra Behn to Jane Austen /Jane Spencer. Blackwell 0631139168
Todd, Janet (1986.) Sensibility : an introduction /Janet Todd. Methuen 0416377106
(2000.) A companion to literature from Milton to Blake /edited by David Womersley. Blackwell Publishers 063121285X
** Reference Text
(1996.) Pope /edited and introduced by Brean Hammond. Longman 0582255392

Web Page/Sites
** Recommended Text
Collier, Mary The Woman's Labour
Duck, Stephen The Thresher's Labour


This module is at CQFW Level 5