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Spring 2016-2017
* COM 397 / ENG 427 (LA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Sex, Violence, Sacrilege in Enlightenment Fiction

April Alliston
Claudia L. Johnson

In this seminar we will explore the dark side of the Enlightenment, sometimes also called, The Age of Reason. The English, German, French and American fictions we will read are shockingly willing to challenge all our pieties and inhibitions, particular with respect to the most intimate and the most sacred relations of our lives. How it is possible, we will ask, that the age that brought us liberty, equality, and fraternity also brought us such gleefully conspicuous cruelty, terror, and vice? How is it possible that philosophical texts both expose and indulge such qualities?

Sample reading list:
Samuel Richardson, Pamela
Pierre Choderlos Laclos, The Dangerous Liaisons
Denis Diderot, The Nun
Matthew Lewis, The Monk
Marquis de Sade, Justine, or The Misfortunes of Virtue
Jane Austen, Mansfield Park

Reading/Writing assignments:
Reading assignments: one novella or novel per week Writing Assignments: Two medium length papers (8-10 pp) and weekly postings of 1-2 paragraphs each to our Blackboard Discussion site.

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 35%
Paper in lieu of Final - 35%
Class/Precept Participation - 15%
Other (See Instructor) - 15%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
43027 S01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm Th   East Pyne Building   215   Enrolled:14 Limit:20