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ENGL3623: The 18th Century: Scandal and Sociability

In eighteenth-century Britain authors were brought into new relation with readers. Commercial publication now central to literary production and dissemination meant texts reached an anonymous and potentially limitless readership. How did awareness of this new public dimension shape literary texts? Students will evaluate the constitutive role of scandal and sociability in the period's most important texts. We will focus on the development of the novel as a sociable form and assess recent theories addressing public engagement in eighteenth-century literature.

Code ENGL3623
Academic unit English
Credit points 6
12 credit points at 2000 level in English or 12 credit points at 2000 level in Australian Literature

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. understand the relationship between eighteenth-century literature and forms of social, cultural, and political practice
  • LO2. analyse eighteenth-century literature in a knowledgeable manner
  • LO3. demonstrate skills in research through the competent use of the library and electronic resources particular to the study of eighteenth-century literature
  • LO4. communicate arguments and ideas effectively and articulately both in writing and to others.