ENG 302 provides a survey of English language works covering the time period between 1660, the year of the Restoration of King Charles II to the throne, and 1815, the year of Napoleon’s ignominious defeat at Waterloo. This “long” eighteenth century saw sweeping historical changes for Britain and the world: including the 1707 Union of England, Scotland and Wales; the expansion of the Transatlantic slave trade; the consolidating power of the British Empire in the Indian Ocean; and revolutions in America, France, and Haiti.
In short, we can observe in this period the development of the assumptions and anxieties associated with “modernity,” especially around notions of nation, race, and gender. Together we will explore how English language writing of the long eighteenth century reflected and negotiated these histories.
Primary readings include Aphra Behn’s Oronooko (1688), Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey (1803), Olaudah Equiano’s Interesting Narrative (1789). For almost everything else, see our open-access, collaborative “Textbook,” located here. You’ll find most of our readings here: once you make a Manifold account, you’ll also be able to annotate, comment, ask questions, or otherwise engage with me and your peers directly on the shared text. Bookmark it!