Dr. Robert Eggleston
Associate Professor, English
Department of Critical Studies
Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies
The University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus
CCS 341, 1148 Research Road
Kelowna, BC V1V 1V7
ENGL 220—Literature in English to the 18th Century
In this course, students examine selected examples of canonical English literature written from the Middle Ages to the early eighteenth century. The assigned primary texts are drawn from a range of literary forms and genres (poetry, prose, and drama) and are studied in relation to their literary, cultural, and historical contexts.
English 317A—Studies in Backgrounds to 18th Century Literature: Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Drama
ENGL 317A focuses on English dramatic literature written and performed between the Restoration (1660) and the end of the eighteenth century. The primary texts are drawn from a variety of genres (comedy, tragedy, tragicomedy, ballad opera and so on) and are studied in relation to their cultural and artistic contexts—the theatres in which they were performed, the society patronizing the theatres, and the vision of dramatic literature expressed by the period’s playwrights and theatre critics.
English 317B—Studies in Backgrounds to 18th Century Literature: Restoration Comedy
ENGL 317 focuses exclusively on English stage comedy written and performed between the Restoration (1660) and the early eighteenth century (circa 1707). The course examines these comedies in relation to their cultural and artistic contexts—the theatres in which they were performed, the society patronizing the theatres, and the vision of dramatic literature expressed by playwrights and theatre critics of the late seventeenth century.
English 432A—Major Authors of the 18th Century: Henry Fielding
This course examines selected plays and novels by Henry Fielding (1707-1754). The course examines these primary texts in relation to their artistic and cultural contexts—the theatre world in which Fielding’s plays were performed, the society patronizing those theatres, the reading audience engaging with the novels, and eighteenth-century society in general (and Fielding’s inimitable treatment of it all).
English 432B—Major Authors of the 18th Century: John Dryden and Alexander Pope
This course examines selected poetry, drama, and prose by John Dryden (1631-1700) and Alexander Pope (1688-1744). The course also focuses on the authors’ lives and the cultural contexts informing their works—late seventeenth- and eighteenth-century England, London, politics, religion, and the Restoration theatre world.
English 432C—Major Authors of the 18th Century: Jonathan Swift, John Gay, and Alexander Pope
This course examines selected prose, verse, and drama written by three of the eighteenth century’s most influential authors (and one half of the so-called Scriblerus Club): Jonathan Swift (1667-1745), John Gay (1685-1732), and Alexander Pope (1688-1744). The course examines the primary texts and their literary, historical, and cultural contexts—the theories of literature common to the period, the politics of the age, the society in which these writers lived, and the reading audiences they addressed.
- Restoration and eighteenth-century drama—in particular representations and subversions of ruling-class ideology in comedy, farce, and satire from 1660 to 1700
- Ideological instability in the comedies and farces of Edward Ravenscroft
- Theories of comedy during the late seventeenth century
- Theatre history of the long eighteenth century
- Political satire and censorship of the stage during the 1720s and 1730s
- Authors: Aphra Behn, John Dryden, Henry Fielding, Alexander Pope, Edward Ravenscroft, and Sir John Vanbrugh
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