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ENGL 3313 Rags and Riches: Poverty and Wealth in Eighteenth-Century England (Fall: 3 )

Course Description

This course examines the representation of poverty and wealth in eighteenth-century England. Using poetry, prose, drama, fiction, and visual arts as our texts, we will ask how the century generated stories and theories to account for economic disparities in society. Among other questions, we will ask how the period understood such phenomena as upward and downward mobility. How did emerging economic theory alter existing attitudes about social relations? What can these eighteenth-century texts tell us about our own attitudes towards poverty and wealth? Authors include: Defoe, Swift, Pope, Gay, Equiano, Blake, and Adam Smith.

Instructor(s): Elizabeth Kowaleski Wallace

Prerequisites: None

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Comments: Fulfills the pre-1900 requirement.

Last Updated: 12-Jan-18