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Module Reading List (including texts for purchase)

Restoration and Eighteenth Century Writing, 2021/22, Semester 1
Professor Robert W Jones
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Writing 

This reading list begins with the texts that you will need to purchase for this module. Please try to find the editions listed: other editions are likely to feature different versions of these works.

Thereafter, the bibliography lists some general studies of the period before featuring separate sections organised by the following themes: ‘Race, Empire and Nationhood’, ‘Gender and Sexuality’ and ‘Ecology and Environment’. The reading lists ends with some other useful works.


Texts for Purchase

Defoe, Daniel, Robinson Crusoe (1719), ed. by Thomas Keymer (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008)  

DeMaria, Robert (ed.), British Literature 1640-1789: An Anthology, 4th edn (Oxford: Wiley Blackwell, 2016)  

Richardson, Samuel Pamela (1740), ed. by Thomas Keymer and Alice Wakely (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008)  


General Studies of the Period and its Culture

Barrell, John, English Literature in History (London: Hutchinson, 1983) 

Brewer, John, The Pleasures of the Imagination: English Culture in the Eighteenth Century (London: HarperCollins, 1997) 

Fairer, David, English Poetry of the Eighteenth Century, 1700-1789 (London: Longman, 2003)

Langford, Paul, A Polite and Commercial People (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1989)

MacLean, Gerald M.., Culture and Society in the Stuart Restoration: Literature, Drama, History (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995)

Porter, Roy, Enlightenment: Britain and the Creation of the Modern World (London: Allen Lane, 2000)

Richetti, John ed., The Cambridge Companion to the Eighteenth-Century Novel (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996)

Zwicker, Steven N., The Cambridge Companion to English Literature 1650-1740 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998)


Race, Empire and Nation

Azim, Firdous, The Colonial Rise of the Novel (London: Routledge, 1993)

Ballaster, Ros, Fabulous Orients: Fictions of the East in England, 1662-1785 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007)

Brantlinger, Patrick, Crusoe’s Footprints: Cultural Studies in Britain and America (New York: Routledge, 1990)

Brown, Laura, Ends of Empire: Women and Ideology in Early Eighteenth-Century English Literature (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1993)

———, ‘The Romance of Empire: Oroonoko and the Trade in Slaves’, in The New Eighteenth Century: Theory, Politics, English Literature, ed. Felicity Nussbaum and Laura Brown (New York and London: Methuen, 1987), pp. 41-61

Choudhury, Mita, ‘Sheridan, Garrick, and a Colonial Gesture: The School for Scandal on the Calcutta Stage’, Theatre Journal, 46 (1994), 303-321

Crawford, Rachel, ‘English Georgic and British Nationhood’, ELH, 65 (1998), 123–58

Daniels, Stephen, Fields of Vision: Landscape Imagery and National Identity in England and the United States (Cambridge: Polity Press, 1993)

Doyle, Laura, Freedom’s Empire: Race and the Rise of the Novel in Atlantic Modernity, 1640-1940 (Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 2008)

Ferguson, Margaret W., ‘Juggling the Categories of Race, Class and Gender: Aphra Behn’s Oroonoko’, in Women, Race and Writing in the Early Modern Period, ed. Margo Hendricks and Patricia Parker (London: Routledge, 1994), 209-24

Ferguson, Moira, ‘Oroonoko: Birth of a Paradigm’, New Literary History 23 (1992), 339-59

———, Subject to Others: British Women Writers and Colonial Slavery, 1670-1834 (London: Routledge, 1992)

Festa, Lynn, Sentimental Figures of Empire in Eighteenth-Century Britain and France (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006) 

Gerrard, Christine, ‘Alexander Pope: Windsor-Forest’ in A Companion to Literature from Milton to Blake, ed. David Womersley (Edinburgh: Blackwood, 2000), pp. 253-58

Hochschild, Adam, Bury the Chains (Pan: London, 2006)

Hughes, Derek, ‘Blackness in Gobineau and Behn: Oroonoko and Racial Psudeo-Science’, Women’s Writing, 19:2 (2012), 204-221

Jones, Robert, ‘What Then Should Britons Feel? Anna Laetitia Barbauld and the Plight of the Corsicans’, Women’s Writing, 9:2 (2002), 285-304.

Mallipeddi, Ramesh, ‘Spectacle, Spectatorship, and Sympathy in Aphra Behn’s Oroonoko,’ Eighteenth-Century Studies, 45:4 (2012), 475-496

Nussbaum, Felicity, The Limits of the Human: Fictions of Anomaly, Race and Gender in the Long Eighteenth Century (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003)

Orr, Bridget, Empire on the English Stage, 1660-1714 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001)

Pacheco, Anita, ‘Royalism and Honor in Aphra Behn’s Oroonoko’, Studies in English Literature, 1500-1900, 34:3 (1994), 491-506

Ragussis, Michael, ‘Jews and Other “Outlandish Englishmen”: Ethnic Performance and the Invention of British Identity under the Georges’, Critical Inquiry, 26:4 (2000), 773-797

Rivero, Albert J., ‘Aphra Behn’s Oroonoko and the “Blank Spaces” of Colonial Fictions’, Studies in English Literature, 1500-1900, 39:3 (1999), 443-462

Rosenthal, Angela, ‘Visceral Culture: Blushing and the Legibility of Whiteness in Eighteenth-Century Portraiture’, Art History, 27 (2004), 563-592

Schonhorn, Manuel, Defoe’s Politics: Parliament, Power, Kingship and Robinson Crusoe (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1991)

Visconsi, Elliot, ‘A Degenerate Race: English Barbarism in Aphra Behn’s Oroonoko and The Widow Ranter’, English Literary History, 69:3 (2002), 673-701

Walvin, James, Black Ivory: Slavery in the British Empire, 2nd edn (Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2001)

———, Fruits of Empire: Exotic Produce and British Taste, 1660-1800 (Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1997)

Wheeler, Roxann, The Complexion of Racee (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2000)

———, ‘“My Savage”, “My Man”: Racial Multiplicity in Robinson Crusoe’, English Literary History, 62:4 (1995), 821-861


Gender and Sexuality

Armstrong, Nancy, Desire and Domestic Fiction: A Political History of the Novel (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1987)

Barker, Hannah and Elaine Chalus, eds, Gender in Eighteenth-Century England: Roles, Representations and Responsibilities (London: Longman, 1997)

Barker-Benfield, G. J., The Culture of Sensibility: Sex and Society in Eighteenth-Century Britain (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1992)

Batchelor, Jennie, Dress, Distress and Desire (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2005)

Brown, Laura, Ends of Empire: Women and Ideology in Early Eighteenth-Century English Literature (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1993)

Caldwell, Lauren, ‘“Drink Up All the Water in the Sea”: Contracting Relationships in Congreve’s Love for Love and The Way of the World’, ELH, 82:1 (Spring 2015), 183-219

Carter, Philip, Men and the Emergence of Polite Society: 1660-1800 (Harlow: Longman, 2000) 

Chernaik, Warren L., Sexual Freedom in Restoration Literature (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995)

Clery, E.J., The Feminisation Debate in Eighteenth-Century Britain: Literature, Luxury and Commerce (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004) 

Davis, Vivian, ‘’Dramatizing the Sexual Contract: Congreve and Centlivre’, Studies in English Literature, 1500-1900, 51:3 (2011), 519-543

Flynn, Carol Houlihan, The Body in Swift and Defoe (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1991)

Gallagher, Catherine, Nobody’s Story: The Vanishing Acts of Women Writers in the Marketplace, 1670-1820 (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1994)

Guest, Harriet, Small Change: Women, Learning, Patriotism, 1750-1810 (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2000)

Gwilliam, Tassie, Samuel Richardson’s Fictions of Gender (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1993)

Harth, Erica, ‘The Virtue of Love: Lord Hardwicke’s Marriage Act’, Cultural Critique, 9 (1988), 123-154

Harvey, Karen, ‘The Century of Sex? Gender, Bodies and Sexuality in the Long Eighteenth Century’, Historical Journal, 24 (2002), 899-916 

———, ‘Gender, Space and Modernity in Eighteenth-Century England: A Place Called Sex’, History Workshop Journal, 51 (2001), 158-179

———, The Little Republic: Masculinity and Domestic Authority in Eighteenth-Century Britain (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012)

Jones, Robert W., Gender and the Formation of Taste in Eighteenth-Century Britain (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998)

Jones, Vivien, ed., Women and Literature in Britain 1700-1800 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000)

Kennedy, Deborah, Poetic Sisters: Early Eighteenth-Century Women Poets (Lanham: Bucknell University Press, 2012)

Knellwolf, Christa, A Contradiction Still: Representations of Women in the Poetry of Alexander Pope (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1998)

Leiman, Jessica L. ‘“Booby’s Fruitless operations”’: The Crisis of Male Authority in Richardson’s Pamela’, Eighteenth-Century Fiction, 22: 2 (Winter 2009-2010), 223-248

Morris, Adelaide, ‘Women Speaking to Women: Retracing the Feminine in Anna Laetitia Barbauld’, Women’s Writing, 10:1 (2003), 47-72

Morris, Marilyn, ‘Transgendered Perspectives on Premodern Sexualities’, Studies in English Literature, 43:3 (2006), 585-600

Pollak, Ellen, The Poetics of Sexual Myth: Gender and Ideology in the Verse of Swift and Pope (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1985)

Shoemaker, Robert B., Gender in English Society, 1650-1850: The Emergence of Separate Spheres? (London: Longman, 1998)

Tague, Ingrid, ‘Love, Honor, Obedience: Fashionable Women and the Discourse of Marriage in the Early Eighteenth Century’, Journal of British Studies, 40 (2001), 76-106

Thompson, James, ‘Sheridan, School for Scandal and Aggression’, Comparative Drama, 42:1 (2008), 89-98

Tobin, Beth Fowkes ed, History, Gender and Eighteenth-Century Literature (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1994)

Williams, Carolyn D., Pope, Homer, and Manliness: Some aspects of eighteenth-century Classical Learning (London: Routledge, 1993) 


Ecology and Environment

Armstrong, Philip, What Animals Mean in the Fictions of Modernity (London: Routledge, 2008)

Blackwell, Mark (ed.), The Secret Life of Things: Animals, Objects and It-Narratives in Eighteenth-Century England (Bucknell University Press: Lewisburg, 2007)

Brown, Laura, Homeless Dogs and Melancholy Apes: Humans and Other Animals in the Modern Literary Imagination (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2010)

Cole, Lucinda, ‘Introduction: Human-Animal Studies and the Eighteenth Century’, The Eighteenth-Century: Theory and Interpretation, 52:1 (2011), 1-10 

Drew, Erin, and John Sitter, ‘Ecocriticism and Eighteenth-Century English Studies’, Literature Compass, 8:5 (2011), 227-239

Fairer, David, ‘“Where fuming trees refresh the thirsty air”: The World of Eco-Georgic’, Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture, 40 (2011), 201-218

Fulford, Tim, Landscape, Liberty and Authority: Poetry, Criticism and Politics from Thomson to Wordsworth (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996)

———, ‘Nature Poetry’, in The Cambridge Companion to Eighteenth-Century Poetry, ed. by John Sitter (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013), pp. 109-131

Greg Garrard, Ecocriticism (London and New York: Routledge, 2004)

Goodridge, John, Rural Life in Eighteenth-Century Poetry (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995)

Hamrick, Wes, ‘Trees in Anne Finch’s Jacobite Poems of Retreat’, Studies in English Literature, 1500-1900, 53:3 (2013), 541-563

Hitt, Christopher, ‘Ecocriticism and the Long Eighteenth Century’, College Literature, 31:3 (2004), 123-147

Landry, Donna, ‘Green Languages? Women Poets as Naturalists in 1653 and 1807’, Huntington Library Quarterly, 63:4 (2000), 467-489 

Mackintosh, Alex, ‘Crusoe’s Abbatoir: Cannibalism and Animal Slaughter in Robinson Crusoe, Critical Quarterly, 53:3 (), 24-43

Menely, Tobias, The Animal Claim: Sensibility and the Creaturely Voice (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2015)

Miller, Christopher, ‘Staying Out Late: Anne Finch’s Poetics of Evening’, Studies in English Literature, 1500-1900, 45:3 (Summer 2005), 603-623

Milne, Anne, ‘The Place of the Poet in Place: Reading Local Culture in the Work of Mary Leapor’, Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature, 34:1 (2015), 125-139

Pickard, Richard, ‘Environmentalism and “Best Husbandry”: Cutting Down Trees in Augustan Poetry’, Lumen: Selected Proceedings from the Canadian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, 17 (1998), 103-126

Quinsey, Katherine M. (ed.), Animals and Humans: Sensibility and Representation, 1650-1820 (Oxford: Voltaire Foundation, 2017)

Rigby, Kate, ‘Ecocriticism’, in Introducing Criticism at the 21st Century, ed. by Julian Wolfreys (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2002), pp. 151–78

Thomas, Keith, Man and the Natural World: Changing Attitudes in England 1500-1800 (London: Penguin, 1983) 


Other Useful Sources

Barrell, John, The Dark Side of the Landscape (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1979)

————, Poetry, Language and Politics (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1986)

John Barrell and Harriet Guest, ‘On the Use of Contradiction: Economics and Morality in the Eighteenth-Century Long Poem’ in The New Eighteenth-Century, ed. Laura Brown and Felicity Nussbaum (London: Methuen, 1987), pp. 121-143

Bevis, Richard, English Drama: Restoration and Eighteenth Century, 1660-1789 (London: Longman, 1988)

Bohls, Elizabeth A., Women Travel Writers (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995)

Bradshaw, Penny, ‘Gendering Enlightenment: Conflicting Images of Progress in the Poetry of Anna Laetitia Barbauld’, Women’s Writing, 5 (1998), 353-71

Brown, Laura, Alexander Pope (Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1985)

———, ‘Reading Race and Gender: Jonathan Swift’, Eighteenth-Century Studies, 23 (1990), 425-443

Brown, Marshall, Preromanticism (Stanford, Ca.: Stanford University Press, 1991)

Bygrave, Stephen, ‘Gray’s “Elegy”: inscribing the Twilight’ in Post-Structuralist Readings of English Poetry, ed. Richard Machin and Christopher Norris (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1987), pp. 162-175

Crehan, Stewart, ‘The Rape of the Lock and the Economy of “Trivial Things”’, Eighteenth-Century Studies, 31:1 (1997), 45-68

Donoghue, Denis, ‘Swift and the Association of Ideas’, Yearbook of English Studies, 18 (1988), 1-17

Donoghue, Frank, ‘Avoiding the “Cooler Tribunal of the Study”: Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s Writer’s Block and late Eighteenth-Century Print Culture’, ELH, 68 (2001), 831-857

Doody, Margaret Anne and Peter Sabor (eds.), Samuel Richardson, Tercentenary Essays (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1989) 

Doody, Margaret Anne, ‘Swift among the Women’, Yearbook of English Studies, 18 (1988), 68-92

Dowling, William C., The Epistolary Moment: The Poetics of the Eighteenth-Century Verse Epistle (Princeton, N.J: Princeton University Press, 1991)

Eagleton, Terry, The Rape of Clarissa (Oxford: Blackwell, 1982)

Ellis, Frank H., Sentimental Comedy: Theory and Practice (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1991)

Ellis, Markman, The Politics of Sensibility: Race, Gender and Commerce in the Sentimental Novel (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996)

Fairer, David, Pope’s Imagination (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1984)

————, The Poetry of Alexander Pope (London: Penguin Books, 1989)

————, ed., Pope: New Contexts (Brighton: Harvester, 1990)

Flynn, Carol Houlihan, The Body in Swift and Defoe (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1990)

Fulford, Tim, Landscape, Liberty and Authority: Poetry, Criticism and Politics from Thomson to Wordsworth (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996)

Gleckner, Robert F., Gray Agonistes: Thomas Gray and Masculine Friendship (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1997)

Gooding, Richard, ‘Pamela, Shamela, and the Politics of the Pamela Vogue’, Eighteenth-Century Fiction, 7: 2 (January 1995), 109-130 

Goodridge, John, Rural Life in Eighteenth-Century English Poetry (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995) 

Griffin, Dustin, Patriotism and Poetry in Eighteenth-Century Britain (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001)

Grundy, Isobel, Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1999)

Hammond, Brean, Pope: A Critical Reader (London: Longmans, 1996)

Hammond, Brean and Shaun Regan, Making the Novel: Fiction and Society in Britain 1660-1789 (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006)

Hinnant, Charles H., The Poetry of Anne Finch: An Essay in Interpretation (Newark: University of Delaware Press, 1994)

Hume, Robert D., The Rakish Stage: Studies in English Drama, 1660-1800 (Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1983)

————, ed., The London Theatre World, 1660-1800 (Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1980)

Hunter, J. Paul, Before Novels: The Cultural Contexts of Eighteenth-Century English Fiction (New York: Norton, 1990)

Kaul, Suvir, Thomas Gray and Literary Authority: Ideology and Poetics in Eighteenth-Century England (Oxford: Oxford University Press 1992)

Kazim, Roman, ‘Oliver Goldsmith’s The Traveller and The Deserted Village: Moral Economy of Landscape Representation’, English Studies, 87:6 (2006), 653-668.

Keymer, Thomas and Peter Sabor, Pamela in the Marketplace: Literary Controversy and Print Culture in Eighteenth-Century Britain and Ireland (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005)

Lamb, Jonathan, The Evolution of Sympathy in the Long Eighteenth Century (London: Pickering & Chatto, 2009)

Lynch, Deidre Shauna, The Economy of Character: Novels, Market Culture, and the Business of Inner Meaning (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1998)

Marshall, David, ‘Autobiographical Acts in Robinson Crusoe’, ELH, 71:4 (2004), 899-920

McCloskey, Susan, ‘Knowing One’s Relations in Congreve’s The Way of the World’, Theatre Journal, 33:1 (1981), 69-79

McGann, Jerome, The Poetics of Sensibility: A Revolution in Literary Style (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1996)

McKeon, Michael, The Origins of the English Novel 1600-1740 (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1987)

Mullan, John, Sentiment and Sociability: The Language of Feeling in the Eighteenth Century (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1988)

Newey, Vincent, ‘Goldsmith’s “Pensive Plain”: Re-viewing The Deserted Village’ in Early Romantics: Perspectives in British Poetry from Pope to Wordsworth, ed. Thomas Woodman (Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1998), pp. 93-116

Nicholson, Colin, Writing and the Rise of Finance: Capital Satires of the Early Eighteenth Century (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994)

Novak, Maximillian E., Economics and the Fiction of Daniel Defoe (Los Angeles: Univ. of California Press, 1962)

Perry, Gill and Michael Rossington (eds), Femininity and Masculinity in Eighteenth-Century Art and Culture (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1994)

Picker, John M., ‘Disturbing Surfaces: Representations of the Fragment in The School For Scandal’, ELH, 65 (1998), 637-652

Pierce, John B., ‘Pamela’s Textual Authority’, Eighteenth-Century Fiction, 7: 2 (January 1995), 131-146

Pinch, Adela, Strange Fits of Passion: Epistemologies of Emotion, Hume to Austen (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1996)

Porter, Roy and Marie Mulvey Roberts, eds, Pleasure in the Eighteenth Century (London: Macmillan, 1996) 

Prescott, Sarah, and David E. Shuttleton, eds., Women and Poetry, 1660-1750 (Houndmills: Palgrave, 2003) 

Reid, David, ‘Thomson’s Poetry of Reverie and Milton’, Studies in English Literature, 43 (2003), 667-682

Richetti, John J., Defoe’s Narratives: Structures and Situations (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1975)

———, The English Novel in History 1700-1780 (London: Routledge, 1999)

Rogers, Pat, Essays on Pope (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1993)

Rumbold, Valerie, ‘The Alienated Insider: Mary Leapor in “Crumble Hall”’, Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies, 19:1 (1996), 63-76

Sambrook, James, James Thomson 1700-1748: A Life (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1991)

Santesso, Aaron, ‘The Conscious Swain: Political Pastoral in Pope’s Epic’, Eighteenth-Century Studies, 37 (2004), 253-271 

Sherman, Sandra, Finance and Fictionality in the early Eighteenth Century: Accounting For Defoe (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996)

Sitter, John, Literary Loneliness in mid-Eighteenth Century England (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1982)

Skinner, John, An Introduction to Eighteenth-Century Fiction: Raising the Novel (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2001) 

Stoll, Rebecca Roma, ‘“Ye soft illusions, dear deceits, arise!” Apostrophe as Suture in “Eloise to Abelard”’, The Eighteenth Century, 56:3 (2015), 343-358 

Thompson, James, ‘Sheridan, The School for Scandal and Aggression’, Comparative Drama, 42:1 (2008), 89-98

Todd, Janet, Sensibility: An Introduction (London: Methuen, 1986)

Turner, David M., Disability in Eighteenth-Century England (Abingdon: Routledge, 2012)

Van Sant, Ann Jessie, Eighteenth-Century Sensibility and the Novel: The Senses in Context (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1993)

Warner, William B., Licensing Entertainment: The Elevation of Novel Reading in Britain, 1684-1750 (Berkley: University of California Press, 1998)

Watt, Ian, The Rise of the Novel: Studies in Defoe, Richardson and Fielding (1957; rpt. London: Hogarth Press, 1987)

Weinbrot, Howard D., Britannia’s Issue: The Rise of British Literature from Dryden to Ossian (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1993)

Worth, Katharine, Goldsmith and Sheridan (London: Macmillan, 1992)

Zionkowski, Linda, ‘Bridging the Gulf Between: The Poet and the Audience in the Works of Gray’, ELH, 58:2 (1991), 331-350



This list was last updated on 09/09/2021