Spring 2020 - ENGL 205 J100

Restoration and Eighteenth Century Literature (3)

Class Number: 1434

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 5:30 PM – 7:20 PM
    HCC 1505, Vancouver

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 20, 2020
    7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    TAKE HOME-EXAM, Burnaby

  • 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.


Reasoning Princes; Heroic Slaves; Knocking Ghosts: Balance and Imbalance in 18th-Century Literature

The titles of our two periods, “The Restoration” (1660-1688) and “The Age of Reason” (1690-1800), proclaim a restored social order and a bright future newly revealed by science. But a destructive Civil War has just ended and two revolutions occur between Charles II’s reinstatement and the end of the following century. Literature reflects the volatility of these periods. While writers might defer to the authority of classical norms, most of these rules are broken by the sentimental novel, the gothic novel, the picaresque novel, the graveyard school of poetry, and the oriental or Arabian tale. In addition, members of the middle and working classes, and, in the case of Behn’s Oroonoko, an African slave, could now be included in fiction. Moreover, literature by women found a widening audience, while a hunger for news and essays increased the size of a new reading public. We will explore the cross currents of literary authority and literary experiment in Oroonoko, The Castle of Otranto, and Rasselas Prince of Abyssinia, and in a range of poetry, drama, and essays. If time permits, we will also take side trips to view Restoration and 18th-century art, other print media, architecture, and music. This course will help you understand the literature of the Restoration and 18th century in broad terms, and it will improve your sense of the critical issues at play in these periods.  


  • Participation 10%
  • Paper 1, 6pp 25%
  • Paper 2, 8 pp 30%
  • Presentation 10%
  • Final Examination 25%



The Broadview Anthology of British Literature: Volume 3: The Restoration and the Eighteenth Century, Broadview.

Horace Walpole.  The Castle of Otranto, Oxford. 

Samuel Johnson.  The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abyssinia, Penguin Classics.

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