English Literature between 1660 and 1900


List of exam topics

1. Restoration theatre.

2. Versions of comedy in the 18th and 19th centuries.

3. The poetry of the Restoration Period.

4. The Neo-Classical poetics of Alexander Pope.

5. The birth of the English Novel.

6. The innovations of Richardson and Fielding.

7. Sentimental poetry: Thomas Gray and his precursors.

8. The two extremes of late-18th-century poetry: Samuel Johnson and William Cowper.

9. Fiction around the turn of the century: Sterne, Scott, and Austen.

10. The roots of Romanticism: Burns, Macpherson, Blake.

11. The first generation of Romanticism.

12. The second generation of Romanticism.

13. Women's fiction in the 19th century: Mary Shelley and the Brontë sisters.

14. Victorian fiction: Dickens and Hardy.

15. Victorian poetry with the Pre-Raphaelites.


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