University of Hertfordshire * Eighteenth Century Bodies * Kiki Benzon * TTH 9:30 -11:00
This exploration of eighteenth century literature focusws on ideas of gender, landscape and British society of the period. We will examine a diverse range of texts, inclduing works by Austen, Astell, Behn, Cleland, Dryden, Locke, Montagu, Swift and Wilmot.
Week One (27 January): Introduction to the module
Questions, comments and observations: what are eighteenth century bodies? How to do the history of sexuality?
Week Two (3 February): John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester, “The Imperfect Enjoyment,” “A Satyre Against Mankind”; “A Satyr on Charles II”, “The Disabled Debauchee”, “Song”
Margaret A. Doody, “Gender, literature and gendering literature in the Restoration” in Steven Zwicker (ed.), Cambridge Companion to English Literature 1650-1740 (Cambridge UP), pp.58-81
Performing the Self: The Mask of Gender
Week Three (10 February): William Wycherly, The Country Wife
Week Four (17 February): Aphra Behn, The Rover
Sex, Work and Middle-class virtues
Week Five (24 February): Richard Steele, The Conscious Lovers
Background Reading: Maureen Waller, 1700: Scenes of London Life. Sections on “Work” & “Children”
Week Six (3 March): Samuel Richardson, Pamela or, Virtue Rewarded (1740) (extracts); Eliza Haywood, Fantomina; John Cleland, Fanny Hill or Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure (1784-9) (extracts)
Julie Peakman, Mighty Lewd Books: The Development of Pornography in Eighteenth Century England (Palgrave, 2003), pp.5-14.
Homosexuality, Phallicism and the Law
Week Seven (10 March): Alexander Pope, “Epistle to Dr Arbuthnot”; John Cleland, Fanny Hill or Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure (1784-9) (extracts), Hell Upon Earth (extract), The Trial of Mother Clapp for keeping a Sodomitical House (extracts)
Randolph Trumbach, “The Birth of the Queen: Sodomy and the Emergence of Gender Equality in the Modern Culture, 1660-1750”, in Martin Bauml Duberman, Martha Vicinus & George Chauncy (eds.) Hidden from History: Reclaiming the Gay and Lesbian Past (London: Penguin, 1989), 29-40
Week Eight (17 March): Project Proposal Workshop
Performing the self: The mask of race
Week Nine (21 April): Aphra Behn, Oroonoko; “The Empire of Climate” from The Complexion of Race
Week Ten (28 April): Maria Edgeworth, Castle Rackrent (1800)
Week Eleven (5 May): Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey (c.1798)
Week Twelve (12 May): Final Review