Fall 2019 - ENGL 420W D100

Topics in Eighteenth Century Literature (4)

Class Number: 4656

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo, We 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    AQ 2120, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 10, 2019
    8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
    Location: TBA

  • Prerequisites:

    One of ENGL 310, 311, 313, 315, 320, 322, or 327. Recommended: ENGL 205. Reserved for English honours, major, joint major and minor students.



Addresses specific issues in 18th century literature in English. May be organized by author, genre, or critical approach. Students with credit for ENGL 420 may not take this course for further credit. Writing.


 Alexander Pope: Poetry, Prejudice, and Persecution

This course focuses on the poetry of Alexander Pope (1688-1744), physically and socially challenged, harshly satiric, self-educated, and arguably the greatest and most influential English poet of the eighteenth century. We will begin with An Essay on Criticism and Windsor-Forest, written as a young adult, and move through The Rape of the Lock, an excerpt from Essay on Man, and various short poems to The Dunciad.

The writing-intensive nature of the course means that you will be looking at examples of scholarly argument, giving and receiving feedback on written assignments, and using feedback to revise drafts. Each student will each write 1) a book review summarizing and evaluating a work by a current or seminal critic of Pope’s poems and 2) a research essay on a topic of their choice/design, vetted by fellow students.


This course will develop your ability to

  • read, understand, and analyse eighteenth-century English poetry
  • find, read, understand, and evaluate secondary sources (critical articles and books)
  • write academic prose clearly and concisely
  • give feedback to your peers in concise, specific, and helpful ways.


  • Book review (c. 1000 words) 25%
  • Essay proposal and outline 10%
  • Research essay (c. 3000 words) 40%
  • Participation in seminar 15%
  • Editorial peer feedback (5% for vetting proposals & 5% for editing essays) 10%



The Major Works, by Alexander Pope, ed. Pat Rogers (Oxford World Classics, 2008) 
ISBN: 978-019-9537617

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.
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Registrar Notes:

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