School of English and Drama

Samuel Pepys and his World: Living and Writing in Restoration London

Module code: ESH6035

Credits: 15.0
Semester: SEM2

  • Semester 2: Friday 10 am -11 am

Contact: Dr Tessa Whitehouse
Overlap: None
Prerequisite: None

In this module we encounter the life and literature of Restoration London through the eyes of Samuel Pepys, who experienced London at its most apocalyptic (the Plague and the Fire) and London at its most ordinary. Pepys was curious about almost everything he witnessed and in his diary he recorded his reactions to plays and playhouses, Parliament and the royal court, and the worlds of books, music, and science. Each week we will read extracts from the diary alongside texts by Pepys┬┐s contemporaries, including examples of drama, life-writing, news, comedy, scientific writing, satire, poetry, and libertine literature.

Connected course(s): UDF DATA
Assessment: 100.0% Coursework
Level: 6