18th-Century British Literature

Faculty List

Roxann Wheeler, Area Coordinator

Although the 18th century is now best known for its invention of the modern novel, the most influential and popular genre at the time was drama, and the most respected was poetry. In addition to the rejuvenation of political satire in verse, the period saw the emergence of entirely new modes of writing, such as the gothic and the sentimental. The century is also remarkable for popularizing other new genres such as life writing, including the slave narrative, biography, and comic opera (the musical).

Our faculty specializes in the history, theory, and new forms of the novel, drama, and poetry of the period 1660-1815.  We each offer distinctive versions of the eighteenth century in both our teaching and research; such breadth provides students with insight into the literary conventions shared with previous centuries and the astonishing range of innovations that characterizes our period.

Key Courses

Undergraduate courses:

  • ENG 4531: Restoration and 18th-Century Literature
  • ENG 4533: The Early British Novel: Origins to 1830
  • ENG 4535: Special Topics in Restoration and 18th-Century British Literature and Culture
  • ENG 4590.03H: The Long 18th Century

Graduate courses:

  • ENG 6736: Introduction to Graduate Study in the Restoration and 18th Century
  • ENG 7837: Studies in 18th-Century Genre
  • ENG 7838: Seminar in Critical Issues in the Restoration and 18th Century

Affiliated Groups

Graduate Student/Faculty Reading Group