Fall 2019 - ENGL 205 D100

Restoration and Eighteenth Century Literature (3)

Class Number: 4633

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 3 – Dec 2, 2019: Tue, Thu, 11:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 10, 2019
    Tue, 3:30–6:30 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    Two 100 division English courses.



A survey of the literature of the period from 1660 to 1800. May include writing from North America. Breadth-Humanities.


The Eighteenth Century: The Age of Reason?
The Eighteenth Century was an age of paradox. It developed rigid social rules, yet accommodated flagrant breaches of them. The period is known as the Enlightenment or the Age of Reason, yet the genre of passionate amatory fiction gained popularity and influenced the rise of the novel. Satire and conduct manuals were leading genres, yet in order to educate their audiences in correct behavior the texts themselves breached decorum. One could chart the paradox from its very beginnings, with the restoration of the monarchy in 1660; Charles II enacted the Act of Oblivion to forgive proponents of the Interregnum including those who killed his father, Charles I. In considering the varied literature of the eighteenth century, we will try to make sense of these apparent contradictions and consider whether the term “age of reason” suits the literature we are studying.


  • attendance and participation 10%
  • presentation 10%
  • midterm 25%
  • paper (6-7 pages) 30%
  • final exam 25%


note: all assignments must be completed in order to pass the class.



The Broadview Anthology of British Literature, Volume 3: The Restoration and Eighteenth Century. Second Edition
ISBN: 1554810477

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