Allowing the students to:
1. get a general idea of what the main features of Restoration and Augustan literary production were;
2. know the main differences as to the Poetry, Prose and Drama;
3. understand how realism influenced Restoration and Augustan Literature as well;
5. get a basic general knowledge of the various types of 18th century novels.

Tempo di apprendimento

Apprendimento in: 2 hours


A How-To Guide

Stage 1 – On your textbook

1.1. Read pages 198/9 [Restoration Poetry, Prose and Drama] and do the Exercises on both pages.
Skip the third paragraph “Outstanding poets” being something very close to a mere list.

1.2. Read page 200 [Augustan Poetry, Prose and Drama] and do the Exercises on page 200
Now you should know what was in common and what was different in the literary output of the two periods as to the three main genres. You can use the table below as a quick reference:

Restoration Common Augustan
Poetry Influenced by Martial and Juvenal Realistic, classical, satirical, influenced by Horace Mock heroic, constant use of poetic diction
Prose Scientific and philosophic essays, personal diaries Essays Periodicals, literary essays, novels
Drama Comedy of manners Theatres for the upper classes only Ballad opera, sentimental comedy

1.3. Read pages 201/2 [The rise of the novel]
Read and organize the information of the first seven paragraphs so as to be able to do the attached Exercise 1 on page 202 and be sure you understood the basic general features of 18th century novel as to characters, setting, aim and writing technique.
Now you can read and organise the information given by the last paragraph (Types of novels) about the main features of realistic, utopian, epistolary and anti novels so as to be able to do the attached Exercise 2 on page 202.

Stage 2 – Online

2.1. Restoration and Augustan literature (PPT Presentation)
Sum up your knowledge through the reading of the PPT presentation from your textbook.

2.2. ZTE Test (Online Activity)
Do the self evaluation test on the ZTE website.

do the test

A fine video discussing the above presentation. The speaker is Italian but, nonetheless, she’s extremely clear and fluent. Please check the right pronunciation of such words as Augustan (ɔːˈɡʌstən) or bourgeois (ˌbʊəˈʒwɑː). In case you can’t understand some words or sentences you may always turn on the subtitles.

2.4. The Novel in 18th Century Britain (Video Resource)
An extensive and precise insight of 18th century British novel. You should watch it until the speaker deals with Walter Scott or the historical novel.


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