English Literature in the 18th Century Analytical Essay by Nicky

English Literature in the 18th Century
An overview of English literature in the eighteenth century.
# 145108 | 1,146 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on Oct 26, 2010 in History (British) , Literature (English)

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This paper looks at some of the most important novels of English literature in the Age of Reason during the eighteenth century. The paper outlines Daniel Defoe's "Robinson Crusoe", Jonathan Swift's "Gulliver's Travels", Henry Fielding's "Tom Jone", Samuel Richardson's "Clarissa, or The History of a Young Lady" and Laurence Stern's novel, "Tristram Shandy".

From the Paper:

"The Enlightenment was a stage in Western philosophy and culture which spanned the eighteenth century, and advocated Reason as the primary source of authority. England anticipated the rest of Europe by decapitating its king in the seventeenth century. In this sense, the task of understanding the character of English literature during the Age of Reason cannot be separated from the social and political context of the movement. Furthermore, it is important to identify the thinkers who influenced, and ultimately helped develop English literature in the eighteenth century. The Glorious Revolution of 1688 was the overthrow which led to the decapitation of King James II of England by a union of Parliamentarians and the help of a Dutch army led by William III of Orange-Nassau who would become King William III of England. Despite the fact that the monarchy was restored, this episode created openness toward change which was exhibited not only in literature, but also as far as religion, or social order which was concretized in the transition of English society towards a bourgeois order. As far as their sources of inspiration, English Enlightenment writers were influenced by thinkers such as John Locke, Francis Bacon, or the Scot David Hume."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Benedict Barbara M. "Recent Studies in the Restoration and Eighteenth Century." Studies in English Literature, 1500-1900 42 (2002): 21-30.
  • Kirk, Linda. "The Matter of Enlightenment." The Historical Journal 43. 4 (Dec., 2000): 1129-1143.
  • Perry, Thomas Sergeant. English Literature in the Eighteenth Century. Harper and Brothers, 1883.

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