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Fall 2021 LIT 360-01 The British Augustans and their Rivals

Professor: David Venturo
Tuesday/Friday 11:00am-12;20pm

This course explores developments in English Literature from approximately 1700 to 1820. Over these years, the dominant form of writing shifted from Augustan satire to types of writing that focused more on issues of daily life. The reading will include Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels, selected poems by Alexander Pope, John Gay’s Beggar’s Opera, various writings by Samuel Johnson, and William Blake’s Songs of Innocence and of Experience.  We will conclude the course by reading two novels: Jane Austen’s Emma and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. The aim of the course is threefold: (1) to examine the assigned texts closely; (2) to explore major intellectual, cultural, political, and religious issues of the times; and (3) to achieve an understanding of important issues in eighteenth-century studies.