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LIT-337 Topics in Restoration & 18th C Course Level: Undergraduate

Topics in Restoration and Enlightenment Literature (3) Topics vary by section. 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. Usually Offered: every other year. Repeatable for credit with different topic.

Term: Spring 2019 Semester
Course Level: Undergraduate
Section Title: The 18th Cent Public Sphere
The Eighteenth-Century Public Sphere: Reading, Talking, and Belonging (3) Throughout the eighteenth century, British society was transformed by new forms of intellectual and sociable community in which individuals gathered to discuss society, politics, and aesthetics. Central to this transformation was the rise of new forms of print culture including periodicals, newspapers, prints, and the novel, and the development of commercial spaces such as coffeehouses, in which educated men exchanged ideas, read pamphlets, and attended lectures, political debates, and scientific demonstrations. This course examines the forms of intellectual and sociable community asserted by journalists, novelists, and visual artists including Joseph Addison, Richard Steele, Samuel Richardson, and William Hogarth. It also re-conceptualizes traditional understandings of the public sphere by exploring the literary, sociable, and political activities of female cultural producers including Elizabeth Montagu, Sarah Scott, the Ladies of Llangollen, and the Duchess of Devonshire. Students gain insight into both the eighteenth-century underpinnings of contemporary culture, and ongoing debates about public discourse and what it is to 'belong.'