F C 345 • BOOKS AND READERSHIP IN 18TH CENTURY
12:30 PM-2:00 PM
In this course, we will embark on an exploration of what was being read primarily in 18th-C. France, England and America and what those texts meant. Depending on availability of texts, readings will range from Rochester and Johnson in England, Voltaire, Diderot and Sade in France, to Franklin in America. We will examine first and early editions of those books, and discuss the secrets that they can reveal. We will also discuss aspects of the law as it pertained to copyright, the censorship and other factors dealing with the composition, publication and distribution of books during the long 18th C. (from the English Restoration to the fall of Napoleon in France).
(Subject to emendation) 2 tests: 20% each 2 class presentations: 15% each One final paper: 30%
Readings will include: Diderot, The Nun Voltaire, Candide The Marquis de Sade, Justine, or the Misfortunes of Virtue Cleland, Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure Lord Rochester's Poems Benjamin Franklin, Autobiography Laclos, Dangerous Liaisons