Neoclassical Period of British Literature (The Restoration) - 1660-1798

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Content:

  • emphasis on reason and logic
  • stresses harmony, stability, wisdom
  • Locke: a social contract exists between the government and the people. The government governs guaranteeing “natural rights” of life, liberty, and property

Style/Genres:

  • satire:  uses irony and exaggeration to poke fun at human faults and foolishness in order to correct human behavior
  • poetry
  • essays
  • letters, diaries, biographies
  • novels

Effect:

  • emphasis on the individual
  • belief that man is basically evil
  • approach to life: “the world as it should be”

Historical Context:

  • 50% of the men are functionally literate (a dramatic rise)
  • Fenced enclosures of land cause demise of traditional village life
  • Factories begin to spring up as industrial revolution begins
  • Impoverished masses begin to grow as farming life declines and factories build
  • Coffee houses—where educated men spend evenings with literary and political associates

Key Literature/Authors:

  • Alexander Pope
  • Daniel Defoe
  • Jonathan Swift
  • Samuel Johnson
  • John Bunyan,  

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