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Pessimism in Pope's Essay on Man and Leapor's Essay on Woman Both Alexander Pope's Essay on Man, Epistle 2 and Mary Leapor's Essay on Woman expound the fatalist contention that neither man nor woman can "win," as each individual exists in a world of trade-offs.
The course will be arranged thematically: topics will include contemporary representations of women and women authors, the education of women, women and the classical tradition, publication and patronage, the role of male mentors like Richardson and Johnson, selected genres (e.g., the verse epistle, the Ovidian/heroic epistle, the ode, the georgic, the country house poem) and subjects (e.g., women, poetry, nature, slavery, politics), and, especially in second term, the intersection of gender issues with those of social class and race.
Four short (10-15 minute/1000 words) seminar reports (40%), one in-class test on February 28th (20%), one major essay due April 10 (25%), 250-word proposal and annotated bibliography for major essay due February 21 (5%), informed participation in class and on line (10%).
Six comic poets may the corpse surround, And all free-holders; if they can be found: Then follow next the melancholy throng, As shrewd instructors, who themselves are wrong.
The virtuoso, rich in sun-dried weeds, The politician, whom no mortal heeds, The silent lawyer, chambered all the day, And the stern soldier that receives no pay.
Texts for a few other poems on the syllabus are (or will be) linked to this home page; you're responsible for downloading these in time for class.
These texts are for the use of ENG442Y students only.
Barker, `Poetry from the provinces: amateur poets in the Gentleman's Magazine in the 1730s and 1740s'. 241-256 of Tradition in transition: women writers, marginal texts, and the eighteenth-century canon, ed.
–My departed shade I trust To Heaven–My body to the silent dust; My Name to public censure I submit, To be disposed of as the world thinks fit; My vice and folly let oblivion close, The world already is overstocked with those; My wit I give, as misers give their store, To those who think they had enough before.
JOHN's Head in a Charger, also Painted by her self' Anne Finch, Countess of Winchelsea, `The introduction' Mary Leapor, `Man the monarch' a1746 (B291) Rebecca Gould Gibson, `"My want of skill": apologias of British women poets, 1660-1800", pp. Lorsch (New York, Westport, London: Greenwood, 1988). Anne Finch, `Adam posed' 1709 (L12) Anne Finch, `The agreeable' (B36) Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, `Saturday. PR 3539 L STL Jennifer Keith, `Elizabeth Carter', Dictionary of literary biography vol. PN 451 D5 1978 GENR [at ROBA] Paul Langford, `Middle-class schooling' (79-84) and `Women in polite society' (109-116), A polite and commercial people: England 1727-1783. Lorsch (New York, Westport, London: Greenwood press, 1988) NX 452 E56. Deborah Baker Wyrick, `Elizabeth Tollet', Dictionary of literary biography vol. (L66) Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, `Verses on self-murder' 1736 (B191) Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, `Epistle from Mrs Yonge to her husband' Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, `Epistle from Arthur G--y' 1721 (B181) Mehitabel Wright, `Address to her husband' c1730? Dowling, `Introduction' and `Lyric and epistle', in The epistolary moment: the poetics of the eighteenth-century verse epistle (1991). PR 3765 W57 Z69 STL Kate Lilley, `True state within: women's elegy 1640-1700', Women, writing, history 1640-1740, ed. PR 113 W67 STL Lawrence Lipking, Abandoned women and poetic tradition.
79-86 of Eighteenth-century women and the arts, ed. The small pox' 1715/1716 (B179) Elizabeth Tollet, from `Hypatia' 1724 (L99) Mary Barber, `Written for my son, and spoken by him at his first putting on breeches' 1731 (L120) Mary Jones, `After the small pox' 1750 (B282) Mary Leapor, `Dorinda at her glass' a1746 (B284) Mary Leapor, `An essay on woman' a1746 (L207) Mary Whately, `The Vanity of external accomplishments' 1764 (L260) Week 3 (Sept 27) (1994). Felicity Nussbaum, `"The Sex's Flight": women and time in Swift's poetry' and `"The Glory, Jest, and Riddle of the Town": women in Pope's poetry 137-143' & `Conclusion', 1714 (Mc Govern 1996, pp. Chapman, `Authors and booksellers', Johnson's England, ed. DA 4 STL Ellen Messer-Davidow, `"For softness she": gender ideology and aesthetics in eighteenth-century England', 45-55 of Eighteenth-century women and the arts, ed. (L111) Laetitia Pilkington, `Sorrow' (L140) The amorous lady, `A letter to my love' & `To my love' (L147) Week 11 (Nov 22) 11. PR 559 E75 D69 STL Isobel Grundy, `Ovid and eighteenth-century divorce: an unpublished poem by Lady Mary Wortley Montagu', Review of English Studies ns 23, no.