Course Description: Focusing on knowledge work in the long eighteenth century, this course considers the making, transmission, and access to knowledge, particularly in Britain, from the dynamic period immediately following the English Civil Wars through the American War of Independence. The course begins with what has been called “early modern information overload” coming from a vibrant print culture. How is knowledge made and maintained? What knowledge is worth having? Are there limits to knowledge work? Who are the knowledge workers? Does knowledge belong to individuals or communities? Where does knowledge work take place?
Course Requirements: Two quizzes, one 4-5 page paper, short written assignments, cumulative final exam. Reading assignments must be completed before each class.
“Reading maketh a full man, conference [discussion] a ready man, writing an exact man.”
—Sir Francis Bacon, “On Studies”
Course Texts (Required)
- The Longman Anthology of British Literature, Volume 1C: The Restoration and the 18th Century (ISBN-13 # 978-0205655274)
- Robinson Crusoe (Penguin, ISBN-13 # 978-0141439822 )
- Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin (Dover, ISBN-13 # 978-0486290737)
- ENGL 102 Course Reader (The Alternative Copy Shop in the UCen)
Note: As a required course for the English major, this course does not count as one of the four elective courses required for the Early Modern specialization (1500-1800). However, students will work with EMC resources, and English majors are encouraged to consider this specialization. Interested students may attend the EMC conference March 16-17. Email the instructor for more information.