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LITERATURE

LIT-437
Advanced Studies in Restoration & 18th Century Lit (3)

Course Level: Undergraduate

Topics vary by section, may be repeated for credit with different topic. In seventeenth and eighteenth century Britain new literary forms, such as the novel and the autobiography, responded to the far-reaching changes in philosophy, politics, and religion of the Restoration and Enlightenment. Rotating topics include Milton, Restoration drama, and the rise of the British novel with emphasis on research. Meets with LIT-637. Usually offered every year.

LIT-437
001
LITERATURE
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

Advanced Studies in Restoration & 18th Century Lit (3)

Scandal and Celebrity

Many social phenomena often viewed as distinctively contemporary flourished in Britain during the eighteenth century, including the profusion of consumer goods; the expansion of print culture and public commentary; and widespread public fascination with public individuals, fame, and scandal. This course examines the way in which the private lives of both literary characters and historical figures in this period were transformed into saleable commodities that were eagerly consumed by the reading public. In so doing, students explore the transition from narratives extolling "celebrated" public individuals to the emergence of the modern cult of celebrity, as well as the increasingly porous boundary between celebrity and notoriety. Figures and texts considered include the famed courtesan and author, Kitty Fisher; political hostess and 'woman of fashion,' the Duchess of Devonshire; celebrity 'recluses,' the Ladies of Llangollen; poet Lord Byron; novelist Caroline Lamb; naval hero, Lord Horatio Nelson; and the author and former slave, Mary Prince. Meets with LIT-637 001.