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Fall 2017-2018
ENG 545 / COM 544   No Pass/D/Fail

Special Studies in the 18th Century - Literature and the Early Enlightenment, 1650-1760

Sophie G. Gee
Russell J. Leo

What is Enlightenment? And when, if at all, did Enlightenment happen? In this course we approach these familiar and crucial questions with an eye to literary forms and fabulae, tracing how poetry, tragedy, and novels participate in the work of biblical exegesis, theology, natural philosophy, and emancipatory political though--that is, the common terrain of Enlightenment philosophy and administration. We examine inventive investigations of enthusiasm and priestcraft, speculative anthropologies that posit worlds before Adam and Eden, and philosophical works that traverse genres, exacting new and exciting forms of fiction.

Sample reading list:
John Milton, The 1671 Poems
Isaac de la Peyrere, Prae-Adamitae
John Toland, Letters to Serena
Jonathan Swift, Gulliver's Travels
Eliza Haywood, Fantomina and Love in Excess
Baruch Spinoza, Tractatus Theologico-Politicus

Requirements/Grading:
Oral Presentation(s) - 40%
Term Paper(s) - 60%

Other Requirements:
Open to Graduate Students Only.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
22137 S01 10:00 am - 12:50 pm T   Green Hall   1-S-5   Enrolled:11 Limit:15