18th Century Primary Works List





Boswell, James.  London Journal; Life of Johnson

Equiano, Olaudah.  The Interesting Narrative of the Life of OE

Johnson, Samuel.  The Life of Savage

Montagu, Mary Wortley.  Letters

Pepys, Samuel.  Diary (selections)

Piozzi, Hester Lynch.  Anecdotes




Burke, Edmund.  Sublime and Beautiful 

Dryden, John.  An Essay of Dramatick Poesy

Johnson, Samuel.  Preface to Shakespeare

Pope, Alexander.  Essay on Criticism; Epistle to Burlington

Reynolds, Joshua.  Discourses (selections)

Warton, Joseph.  Essay on Pope

Warton, Thomas.  Essay on The Fairy Queen

Young, Edward.  Conjectures on Original Composition




Behn, Aphra.  The Rover

Buckingham, Duke of.  The Rehearsal

Congreve, William.  The Way of the World

Dryden, John.  All for Love

Fielding, Henry.  Tragedy of Tragedies

Gay, John.  The Beggar�s Opera

Goldsmith, Oliver.  She Stoops to Conquer

Lillo, George.  The London Merchant

Sheridan, Richard Brinsley.  School for Scandal

Steele, Richard.  The Conscious Lovers

Wycherley, William.  The Country Wife




Austen, Jane.  Pride and Prejudice, Northanger Abbey, Persuasion

Behn, Aphra.  Oroonoko

Bunyan, John.  Pilgrim�s Progress

Burney, Frances.  Evelina; Cecilia

Defoe, Daniel.  Robinson Crusoe; Moll Flanders

Fielding, Henry.  Joseph Andrews; Tom Jones

Goldsmith, Oliver.  Vicar of Wakefield

Haywood, Eliza.  Love in Excess; Fantomina 

Johnson, Samuel.  Rasselas

Lewis, Matthew Gregory.  The Monk

Mackenzie, Henry.  The Man of Feeling

Radcliffe, Ann.  The Mysteries of Udolpho

Richardson, Samuel.  Pamela; Clarissa (unabridged)

Scott, Sarah.  Millenium Hall

Smollett, Tobias.  Humphry Clinker

Sterne, Laurence.  Tristram Shandy; A Sentimental Journey

Swift, Jonathan.  Gulliver's Travels

Walpole, Horace.  The Castle of Otranto




Addison, Joseph, and Richard Steele.  Tatler and Spectator (selections: esp. on Milton and the

Pleasures of the Imagination)

Johnson, Samuel.  Idler and Rambler (selections)

Smart, Christopher.  The Midwife




Burns, Robert.  Jolly Beggars; Cotter; Mouse; Louse; Daisy

Butler, Samuel.  Hudibras

Collins, William.  Odes

Cowper, William.  The Task (selections); Castaway; Gilpin

Dryden, John.  MacFlecknoe; Absalom and Achitophel; Religio Laici; Song for St. Cecilia's

Day; Alexander's Feast

Goldsmith, Oliver.  The Deserted Village

Gray, Thomas.  Eton; Elegy; Bard; Progress of Poesy; Favorite Cat; Odin

Johnson, Samuel.  London; Vanity of Human Wishes; Levet 

Pope, Alexander.  Essay on Criticism; Essay on Man; Rape of the Lock; Epistle to Arbuthnot;


Smart, Christopher.  Jubilate Agno (selections)

Swift, Jonathan.  City Shower; Verses on the Death of Doctor Swift;  Lady's Dressing Room

Thomson, James.  The Seasons (selections)

Young, Young.  Night Thoughts (selections)




Barrow, Isaac.  The Duty and Reward of Bounty to the Poor

Burke, Edmund.  Reflections on the Revolution in France

Defoe, Daniel.  The Shortest Way with the Dissenters; Journal of the Plague Year

Gibbon, Edward.  Decline and Fall

Hobbes, Thomas.  Leviathan

Hume, David.  Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion; selected essays

Johnson, Samuel.  Preface to the Dictionary

Locke, John.  Essay Concerning Human Understanding

Mandeville, Bernard.  Fable of the Bees

Shaftesbury, third earl of (Anthony Ashley Cooper).  Characteristics (selections)

Smith, Adam.  Theory of Moral Sentiments; The Wealth of Nations

Swift, Jonathan.  A Modest Proposal; Battle of the Books; Tale of a Tub

Tillotson, John.  Sermons (selections) 

Wollstonecraft, Mary.  A Vindication of the Rights of Woman








































18th Century Secondary List





Spacks, Patricia Meyer.  Imagining a Self: Autobiography and Novel in Eighteenth-Century

England.  Cambridge: Harvard UP, 1976. 



(Criticism and Aesthetics)


De Bolla, Peter.  The Discourse of the Sublime: Readings in History, Aesthetics, and the Subject.

New York: Blackwell, 1989. 


Engell, James.­ The Creative Imagination, Enlightenment to Romanticism.­ Cambridge: Harvard

UP, 1981.­





Brown, Laura.  English Dramatic Form, 1660-1760.  New Haven: Yale UP. 1981. 


Hume, Robert.  The Rakish Stage: Studies in English Drama, 1660-1800.  Carbondale: SIUP,



Liesenfeld, Vincent J.  The Licensing Act of 1737.  Madison: U. Wisconsin Press, 1984. 





Armstrong, Nancy. Desire and Domestic Fiction: A Political History of the Novel.  Oxford:

OUP, 1987. 


Hunter, J. Paul. Before Novels: The Cultural Contexts of Eighteenth-Century English Fiction.

New York: W. W. Norton, 1990. 


McKeon, Michael. The Origins of the English Novel, 1600-1740.  Baltimore, MD: Johns

Hopkins UP, 1987. 


Watt, Ian.  The Rise of the Novel: Studies in Defoe, Richardson and Fielding.  Berkeley: U. of

California Press, 1957. 





Bond, Richmond. The Tatler: The Making of a Literary Journal. Cambridge, MA: Harvard,   



Graham, Walter.  English Literary Periodicals. New York: Thomas Nelson and Sons, 1930.


Habermas, Jurgen.  The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere. Cambridge, MA: MIT,






Backscheider, Paula.  Eighteenth-Century Women Poets and Their Poetry:  Inventing

Agency, Inventing Genre.  Baltimore: Johns Hopkins UP, 2005. 


Doody, Margaret Anne.  The Daring Muse:  Augustan Poetry Reconsidered.  Cambridge,



Dowling, William C.  The Epistolary Moment:  The Poetics of the Eighteenth-Century

Verse EpistlePrinceton, 1991.



(Political and Intellectual History)


Porter, Roy.  The Creation of the Modern World: The Untold Story of the British Enlightenment.

New York: W. W. Norton, 2000.   


Rivers, Isabel.  Reason, Grace, and Sentiment: A Study of the Language of Religion and Ethics

in England, 1660-1780.  Cambridge: CUP, 1991. 


Pocock, J. G. A.  The Machiavellian Moment: Florentine Political Thought and the Atlantic

Republican Tradition.  Princeton: Princeton UP, 1975. 



 (Popular Forms)


Stallybrass, Peter and White, Allon.  The Politics and Poetics of Transgression.  London: Methuen, 1986.


Pedersen, Susan.  "Hannah More Meets Simple Simon: Tracts, Chapbooks, and Popular Culture

in Late Eighteenth-Century England."  Journal of British Studies 25 (1986), 84-113.


Todd, Dennis.  Imagining Monsters: Miscreations of the Self in Eighteenth-Century England.  Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1995.



 (Satire and Sentimentalism)


Brissenden, R. F.­ Virtue in Distress: Studies in the Novel of Sentiment from Richardson to Sade,

London: Macmillan, 1974.­


Carretta, Vincent.­ The Snarling Muse: Verbal and Visual Political Satire from Pope to Churchill.­



Crane, R. S.­ "Suggestions toward a Genealogy of the 'Man of Feeling'," ELH, 1 (1934), 205-30.­



(Works with a Broader Scope)


Colley, Linda.  Britons: Forging the Nation, 1707-1837.  New Haven: Yale UP, 1992. 


Foucault, Michel.  Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison.  New York: Vintage Books,



Hirschman, Albert O.  The Passions and the Interests: Political Arguments for Capitalism Before

Its Triumph.  Princeton: Princeton UP, 1977. 


Williams, Raymond.  The Country and the City.  New York: OUP, 1973. 



























Selected 18th-Century Faculty Publications




Barchas, Janine.  Graphic Design, Print Culture, and the Eighteenth-Century Novel.  Cambridge:

CUP, 2003. 


Barnouw, Jeffrey.  Odysseus, Hero of Practical Intelligence: Deliberation and Signs in Homer's

Odyssey.  Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 2004. 


----------.  Propositional Perception: Phantasia, Predication, and Sign in Plato, Aristotle and the

Stoics.  Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 2002.


Bertelsen, Lance.  The Nonsense Club: Literature and Popular Culture, 1749-1764.  Oxford:

Clarendon, 1986. 


----------.  Henry Fielding at Work: Magistrate, Businessman, Writer.  New York: Palgrave,



Garrison, James Dale.  Dryden and the Tradition of Panegyric.  Berkeley: University of

California Press, 1975.


----------.  Pietas from Vergil to Dryden.  University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University

Press, 1992.


Hedrick, Elizabeth. �Romancing the Salve: Sir Kenelm Digby and the Powder of Sympathy.�

British Journal for the History of Science 41(2008): 161-185.  


Heinzelman, Susan Sage.  "Guilty in Law, Implausible in Fiction:  The Narrative of Mary

Blandy, Parricide, 1752."  Texas Journal of Women and the Law 1:1 (Spring 1992):  337-368.  (Reprinted in Representing Women, Duke, 1994)


Moore, Lisa L.  Dangerous Intimacies: Toward a Sapphic History of the British Novel.  Durham,

NC: Duke UP, 1997. 


Rumrich, John Peter.  Matter of Glory: A New Preface to Paradise Lost.  Pittsburgh, PA.

University of Pittsburgh Press, 1987.


----------.  Milton Unbound: Controversy and Reinterpretation.  Cambridge: CUP, 1996.


Woodard, Helena.  African-British Writings in the Eighteenth Century: The Politics of Race ad

Reason.  Westport, Conn.: Greenwood, Press, 1999.