This multi-author blog is produced by students enrolled in Survey of British Literature, 1700-1900.

Course Description: This course serves as a general introduction to English Literature from the eighteenth century, Romantic, and Victorian periods.  We will begin the semester with Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe (1719) and end with a selection of readings on empire and colonialism from the Victorian period.  The readings listed in the course schedule below will frame our investigations of how empire, colonialism, race, gender, class, and political movements shaped the literature and culture of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century England.  Lectures, class discussions, and assignments will combine close reading techniques, historical, and cultural studies approaches to literary study.

Final Grades/Assignments:

  • 30% Blog (3 posts, each worth 10% of total course grade)
  • 15% Exam 1
  • 15% Exam 2
  • 20% Cumulative Final Exam
  • 10% Reading Quizzes (Unannounced)
  • 10% Attendance and Active Participation


  • The Longman Anthology of British Literature, Volume 1C: The Restoration and the Eighteenth Century. ISBN 0205655270 │978-0205655274.
  • The Longman Anthology of British Literature, Volume 2A: The Romantics and Their Contemporaries. ISBN 0205223168 | 978-0205223169.
  • The Longman Anthology of British Literature, Volume 2B: The Victorian Age. ISBN 0205655262 | 978-0205655267.
  • Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe. (Norton edition) ISBN 0393964523 │ 978-0393964523.
  • Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Frankenstein. (Longman edition) ISBN 0321399536 | 978-0321399533.