Spring 2019 - ENGL 320 E100

Studies in Eighteenth Century Literature (1660-1800) (4)

Class Number: 1602

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 5:30 PM – 7:20 PM
    AQ 5039, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 23, 2019
    7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    AQ 5005, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    Two 100 division English courses, and two 200 division English courses.



The study of selected works of late seventeenth century and eighteenth century literature. May include some writing from outside Britain, and may be organized by various critical issues or approaches.


Most of us think of poetry as peripheral to our lives, something we find in greeting cards and school texts, but in the long eighteenth century in Britain poetry was much more central. Like today’s YouTube videos, poetry gave people lessons, influenced public opinion, and could make some of its creators into celebrities. Books of poetry poured off the presses, new poems appeared each week in newspapers and magazines, and politicians paid attention to what poets were saying… White male middle-class and upper-class poets, that is. Women poets more often passed handwritten poems among their friends and family, because publishing was fraught with dangers. Men saw a woman selling her words as the equivalent of selling her body: “Punk [prostitute] and Poetess agree so Pat, / You cannot well be this and not be that” (Robert Gould, 1683). Lower-class and Black poets were treated more like strange amusements than genuine poets. However, the world of the White patriarchy was slowly starting to open up during this period. This course explores very different kinds of poetry in the long eighteenth century, from private elegies to political satire, from quiet contemplation to anguish and anger.


1/ to introduce students to literary issues involving poetry and to social issues from Restoration and eighteenth-century Britain, 

2/ to develop existing skills in reading texts critically, 

3/ to develop existing skills in expressing and supporting critical opinions, 

4/ to give students the opportunity to adapt coursework to their own needs and learning styles.



Students in this class will individually select what kinds of work they wish to do, when they will hand it in, and how much each component will be worth (within certain restrictions and guidelines). Students must choose at least one essay and the final exam.


Students will choose their assessments from the following menu:
·         final exam (three hours, closed book), worth from 20-45% of final grade
·         research essay, historical context (c. 2500-3000 words), 25-40% 
·         research essay, critical context (c. 2500-3000 words), 25-40% 
·         non-research essay (c. 2000-2500 words), 20-35% 
·         creative project (plus explanatory essay c, 1000 words), 10-25% 
·         participation (in-class and online), 10-25% 
·         seminar (20 minutes in class, with c. 1000-word write-up afterwards), 10-25% 
·         annotated bibliography, 15-30% 
·         dramatic presentation (5 minutes, in class), 5-10%



The New Oxford Book of Eighteenth-Century Verse (edited Roger Lonsdale, 2003)
ISBN: 9780199560721

Department Undergraduate Notes:

IMPORTANT NOTE Re 300 and 400 level courses: 75% of spaces in 300 level English courses, and 100% of spaces in 400 level English courses, are reserved for declared English Major, Minor, Extended Minor, Joint Major, and Honours students only, until open enrollment begins.

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- To receive credit for the course, students must complete all requirements.
- Tutorials/Seminars WILL be held the first week of classes.
- When choosing your schedule, remember to check "Show lab/tutorial sections" to see all Lecture/Seminar/Tutorial times required.

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