Eighteenth Century Literature
The ideas governing 18th century literature have their roots in the Restoration and Enlightenment. The corpus of 18th century literature is expansive, and includes the first examples of the modern novel. Histories, as well as the epistolary, sentimental, Gothic, and libertine novel developed as subgenres of the novel. The growing culture of mass media and industry created tension between traditional domestic values and modernizing tendencies. Some of the important works produced during this time include The Rape of the Lock, Robinson Crusoe, The Beggar’s Opera and A Modest Proposal.