Fall 2020 - ENGL 205 D100

Restoration and Eighteenth Century Literature (3)

Class Number: 4728

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo, We 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM

  • 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.


Pleasure and Pain in the long Eighteenth Century
This course investigates many ways that people experienced pleasure in the long eighteenth century (1660-1800), and also examines what prices they and others paid for such pleasures. Many such activities, like reading and theatre-going, continue apace today; we'll study what it was like to engage in them during the eighteenth century. What was it like, for example, to read by candlelight? Why did people object to the theatre? Topics to be examined include sex, marriage, the coffeehouse as a source of comraderie, escapist fantasy, slavery (which enabled some to profit off of many others' pain), the plague, and pets.  

Upon completing this course, students will be able to identify the eighteenth-century’s three primary literary periods and recognize their themes and styles. Students will have analyzed the readings verbally and in writing, and they will demonstrate their breadth and depth of knowledge and their ability to synthesize and critically evaluate texts in the final exam. As a result of these activities, students will be able to articulate and evaluate how pleasure and pain operate in the literature of the period.


  • attendance and participation 10%
  • presentation (individual, in tutorial) 10%
  • 3 graded quizzes (5% each) 15%
  • 250 word writing assignment 5%
  • paper outline 10%
  • paper (1250-1500 words) 30%
  • final exam 20%


note: all assignments (including tutorial presentation) must be completed in order to pass the class.



Broadview press (broadviewpress.com) currently has better prices for both books than VitalSource. You can also order print versions of both books on broadviewpress.com.

Be sure to order the second edition of the The Broadview Anthology of British Literature, Volume 3.


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

The Basset Table. Susannah Centlivre. Ed. Jane Milling. Broadview Press.

Department Undergraduate Notes:

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Registrar Notes:


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