The Restoration and 17th Century
After discussing the restoration of the Stuart family to the British throne, students gain understanding of the early Enlightenment and its conception of reason. They see another side of the thought and literature of this period: an emphasis on human emotion, irrationality, and paradox. They consider how certain works express tension or conflict between emotion and reason while others present reason and emotion as complementary and interdependent. Students will construct various response papers on topics relating to the poetry, fiction, and non-fiction of the period. Students write essays in which they analyze a work closely, compare two works, or trace an idea or theme throughout the works they have read.