Seminar #1 Directions
Diderot, Jefferson, Equiano, Wollstonecraft
Mid- and Later 18th Century European Enlightenment

 Seminar #1 (Diderot, Jefferson, Equiano, Wollstonecraft):
Mid- and Later 18th Century European Enlightenment
DUE: See ENG 109 Course Plan

To earn full points for Seminar #1, you must:

  1. Submit complete individual Seminar #1 Written Preparation (see Seminar #1 Topics & Content Requirements below), which will be collected at the end of class on the date due;
  2. Be in class to engage in Seminar #1 In-Class Participation: to credit in-class student seminar participants and stimulate follow-up full class discussion, a Seminar #1 Group Report will be prepared and collected at the end of class on the due date.
Seminar #1 Written Preparation: Seminar #1 written preparation notes will enable you to contribute thoughtfully to In-Class Seminar #1 small group and full class discussion, and will help you succeed on future Paper assignments.  Seminar #1 Written Prep. may be handwritten and may take the form of outlines or charts.  Individual Seminar #1 Written Prep. notes are to be attached to Group Seminar #1 Reports and will be collected for scoring at the end of class.   Therefore, be sure to make/save/retain a personal copy of your Seminar #1 Written Preparation! 

Seminar #1 Topics - Content Requirements for Written Prep. Notes:

(1)  Identify and briefly explain at least three general characteristics of the Mid- and Later 18th Century Period.  Choose characteristics that you feel you understand and can see expressed in assigned Week #1 literary works by Diderot, Jefferson, Equiano, and/or Wollstonecraft.  Cite your source/s for each of the general period characteristics that you identify.

(2) Illustrate each of your three identified general period characteristics by citing specific examples--and giving page numbers from our textbook--of quotation, paraphrase, summary from assigned Week #1 literary works by Diderot, Jefferson, Equiano, and Wollstonecraft.  Cite your source/s for the specific examples.

(3) Briefly note and be prepared to explain how/why your specific examples (quotation, paraphrase, and/or summary) from individual literary works supplied in item (2) above, illustrate your  identified general characteristics of the Mid- and Later 18th Century European Enlightenment period.

Avoid Plagiarism! Cite Your Sources

(1)  IN-TEXT CITATIONS are required for all summaries, paraphrases, and direct quotations (which should also be enclosed in quotation marks) from course sources, as well as from any outside sources used,  given in your Seminar Written Prep.  EXAMPLES:

Many Enlightenment thinkers believed that reason, rather than emotion, should guide human endeavor (Agatucci).

Enlightenment philosophers argued that "reason and direct [empirical] observation" should be employed to "discover the fundamental laws governing nature, humanity and society," and "to correct the errors" of the present status quo (Davis and others 13).

"In the celebrated Age of Reason, with its emphasis upon liberty and independence, she [Mary Wollstonecraft] argued, women had been left out of the picture" (Davis and others 525).

In her Introduction to A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, Mary Wollstonecraft condemns the "false system of education" given women by men who are "more anxious to make them [women] alluring mistresses than affectionate wives and rational mothers" (Wollstonecraft 526). 

One reason Equiano gives for writing his Narrative is to "promot[e] the interests of humanity," particularly his African "countrymen" who have suffered the brutalities of slavery (474).

(2)  WORKS CITED list of all sources cited should be given at the end of your Seminar Written Prep.  EXAMPLES:

Agatucci, Cora, ed.  "European Enlightenment Overview: Mid- & Later 18th Century Period." [Enhanced
         Print Version.]  3 Apr. 2007. English 109: Western World Literature: Modern, Central Oregon
         Community College, Spring 2007. 3 Apr. 2007 <
Davis, Paul, and others, ed. Western Literature in a World Context. Vol. 2: The Enlightenment through
          the Present. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1995.
Equiano, Olaudah. "From The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa
          the African." [1789.] Rpt. in
Western Literature in a World Context. Vol. 2. Ed. Paul Davis and others.
          New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1995. 473-489.
Wollstonecraft, Mary. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman: Introduction to the First Edition. [1792.] Rpt.
Western Literature in a World Context. Vol. 2. Ed. Paul Davis and others. New York:
         St. Martin’s Press, 1995. 526-528.

Seminar #1 Learning Objectives: 
Eng 109 - Prof. Cora Agatucci - Spring 2007


Explain how specific literary works express significant general characteristics of the literary-historical period in which the literary works were written.


Illustrate your key points by citing (quotation, paraphrase, and/or summary) and commenting on well-selected pertinent evidence from specific literary works.


Avoid plagiarism by citing your sources in MLA style: accompanying all quotation, paraphrase, summary with in-text parenthetical citation; and providing full bibliographical information on all sources cited in-text in a Works Cited list at the end of your work.

Adapted from ENG 109 Syllabus: ENG 109 Learning Outcomes #1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, & 8:

A. Knowledge of Western World Literature

1.  Identify the timeframes, significant intellectual trends and cultural values, and favored literary genres of major Western literary-historical periods of the late 18th to the early 21st centuries
(for example, late Enlightenment, Romanticism, Realism, Symbolism, Aestheticism, Modernism, Absurdist and Existential literature, Magical Realism, Post-Modernism, Feminism, Colonialism and Post-Colonialism, and/or contemporary global trends).
2.  Identify major writers and their works representative of Modern Western literary-historical periods.
3. Explain and illustrate how these writers and works embody significant characteristics of these literary-historical periods.
. . . .

B. Literary Analysis and Interpretation

5.  Develop persuasive individual interpretations of literature from literary-historical periods of Modern Western literature based on close reading, using pertinent evidence from the literary texts.
6.  Apply knowledge of Modern Western literary history, cultures, genres, and authors, as well as different literary critical approaches, to individual and comparative analysis of literary texts.
7. Use effective oral and written communication to express literary analyses and interpretations, developed both independently and collaboratively.
8.  Avoid plagiarism by citing course and any outside primary and secondary sources using an acceptable academic documentation style [i.e. MLA].

Approved by HUM/LIT Committee 11-6-03

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