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Topics in Restoration and 18th Century Literature I

Literary London

Older grey and black picture of London

From crime reports and Juvenalian diatribes about the city’s ills to Samuel Johnson’s famous declaration “When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life, for there is in London all that life can afford,” eighteenth-century Britons wrote obsessively about their nation’s metropolis. This course will investigate plays, novels, poems, and other works of literature that consider London’s literary character in the 1700s. 


Assessments will consist of: 

  • 20% participation
  • 15% presentation on one socio-geographic aspect of London
  •  25% seminar presentation
  • 10% newspaper article précis
  • 30% term paper

*Oral participation is crucial to this seminar*  


  • ENGL 200
  • ENGL 290

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