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Culture of the Quarrel

This course introduces the literature of eighteenth-century Britain by zeroing in on one of its characteristic features: the literary debate. As print culture accelerated authors’ awareness of their participation in a modern public sphere, they took issue, publicly, with one another’s works, responding to perceived provocation (intended or not) with both withering parody and impassioned rebuttal. We will read paired texts that cut across genres, including poetry, drama, and narrative fiction, from the 1680s to the 1780s, in order to think critically about what kind of literary culture engenders and thrives on conflict. Requirements include active participation (less quarrelsome, presumably, than the authors we’ll be reading) as well as two essays and occasional shorter writing assignments.

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Upcoming Events

28 Mar 2018;
01:00PM - 04:00PM
CCA Pragmatism Working Group
30 Mar 2018;
10:00AM - 05:00PM
Slavery's Reinventions, a Symposium
04 Apr 2018;
08:00PM -
Writers at Rutgers Reading Series | Tracy K. Smith
20 Apr 2018;
12:00PM - 03:00PM
Americanist Seminar Hosts Jane Thrailkill, UNC


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