(NB. All readings are from the anthology unless otherwise indicated. Items under “further reading” are required for those taking the course as an Honours Seminar, and recommended but not requried for others. Items under “also of interest” are entirely optional for all. Please check back for any changes or updates.)

Jan. 11 Introduction to course


Jan. 18 Restoration Comedy I

Reading: John Dryden — Marriage à la Mode (1671)

Further reading: John Dryden, An Essay of Dramatick Poesie (1668)

Jan. 25 Restoration Comedy II

Reading: William Wycherley — The Country Wife (1675)

Further reading: Knapp, Peggy Ann. “The ‘Plyant’ Discourse of Wycherley’s The Country Wife” [View in PDF]. SEL Studies in English Literature 1500-1900 40.3 (Summer 2000):451-472. (via Project Muse)

Video: Scenes from The Country Wife by William Wycherley. Dir. Bob Morris. Insight Media, c1992. 61 min.

Feb. 1 Restoration Comedy III

Reading: Aphra Behn — The Rover, or The Banish’d Cavaliers (1677)

Further reading:

Also of interest:

  • Hobby, Elaine. “No Stolen Object, but Her Own: Aphra Behn’s Rover and Thomas Killigrew’s Thomaso.” Women’s Writing 6.1 (1999): 113-127. (available as a PDF file via WebCT)

Presentation(s): Emily D., Coleena F., Dawna K., and Melinda S.

Feb. 8 Tragicomedy


Presentation(s): Darel H. & Anne C.

Feb. 15 Class cancelled due to weather

Feb. 22 Early Georgian Comedy

Reading: William Congreve — The Way of the World (1700); Catharine Trotter — Love at a Loss (1700)

Further reading:

Also of interest:

  • Anonymous, Representation of the Impiety and Immorality of the English Stage (1704); Some Thoughts Concerning the Stage in a Letter to a Lady (1704) (Etext)
  • Jeremy Collier’s A Short View: various editions of the complete text are available on EEBO (Early English Books Online)

Video: The Way of the World by William Congreve. Films for the Humanities & Sciences, 1999. 50 min.

Presentation(s): Alain C., Krystal H., Rachel S., Blair W., & Kate W.

Mar. 1 “She-tragedy”

Reading: Nicolas Rowe — The Fair Penitent (1703)

Presentation(s): Laura A., Shannon E., Lindsay H., & Ashley S.

Mar. 5-9 Break

Mar. 15 Early Georgian Comedy III

Reading: George Farquhar — The Beaux’ Stratagem (1707)

Mar. 22 Early Georgian Comedy IV

Reading: Susanna Centlivre — A Bold Stroke for a Wife (1718)

Further reading: Frushell, Richard C. “Marriage and Marrying in Susanna Centlivre’s Plays.” Papers on Language & Literature 22.1 (Winter 1986):16ff. (available online via EBSCOhost Academic Search Elite).

Presentation(s): Alana L., Jay R., & Nicole S.

Mar. 29 Ballad Opera

Reading: John Gay — The Beggar’s Opera (1728)

Further reading: Samuel Johnson, from Lives of the Poets (read section on John Gay)

Videos: selections from

Presentation(s): Ashley B., Amber G., Maren K., Mike R., & Ian W.

Apr. 5 “Laughing Comedy” I

Reading: Richard Brinsley Sheridan — School for Scandal (1777)

Further reading: Oliver Goldsmith, “An Essay on the Theatre; or, a comparison between laughing and sentimental comedy” (1772)

Video: Sheridan’s 18th-century England. Part 2, The School for Scandal. Northwood Institute/Institute for Advanced Studies in Theatre Arts, 1986. 36 min.

Presentation(s): Amanda H. & Cass M.

Apr. 12 “Laughing Comedy” II

Reading: Hannah Cowley — The Belle’s Stratagem (1780)

Further reading: TBA

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