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Politics, Literary Culture and Theatrical Media in London, 1658-1725

This course examines the interaction of politics, literary culture and various theatrical media ranging from plays to street protests in London between the Restoration and the monarchy in 1660 and the South Sea Bubble scandal and its aftermath, around 1725. The obsessions of this highly visual and verbal culture will be emphasized, including criminal confessions and hangings, royal mistresses and illicit sexuality, and religious intolerance and mob violence. A website with material on the topography and political culture of London will be an integral part of the course and students will have the option of doing a web project, instead of a conventional term paper. ENGL 638L and HIST 638L are the same course.

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