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Fall 2018-2019
* COM 397 / ENG 427 / ECS 396 (EM)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Sex, Violence, Sacrilege in Enlightenment Fiction

April Alliston
Claudia L. Johnson

This seminar will explore the dark side of the Enlightenment, or Age of Reason. The fiction and philosophy we will read shock and challenge all our pieties and inhibitions. How did the age that brought us liberty, equality, and fraternity also bring us such gleefully conspicuous cruelty, terror, and vice? How do our texts both expose and indulge these? We will approach them with a view to better understanding the ethical thought and moral values of the Enlightenment. Reading them requires reflection on human conduct and character, as understood in the period that brought us the ethical values and democratic political system we still inhabit.

Sample reading list:
Samuel Richardson, Pamela
Pierre Choderlos Laclos, 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.

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
20263 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm W   East Pyne Building   239   Enrolled:8 Limit:20