Approaches to Teaching the Works of John Dryden

  • Editors: Jayne Lewis, Lisa Zunshine
  • Pages: x & 197 pp.
  • Published: 2013
  • ISBN: 9781603291255 (Cloth)
  • ISBN: 9781603291262 (Paperback)

“Dryden is a major figure of the Restoration, writing in almost all of its important genres. This volume is a valuable addition to the series.”

—James Evans, University of North Carolina, Greensboro

Which John Dryden should be brought into the twenty-first-century college classroom? The rehabilitator of the ancients? The first of the moderns? The ambivalent laureate? The sidelined convert to Rome? The literary theorist? The translator? The playwright? The poet? This volume in the MLA series Approaches to Teaching World Literature addresses the tensions, contradictions, and versatility of a writer who, in the words of Samuel Johnson, “found [English poetry] brick, and left it marble,” who was, in the words of Walter Scott, “one of the greatest of our masters.”

Part 1, “Materials,” offers a guide to the teaching editions of Dryden’s work and a discussion of the background resources, from biographies and literary criticism to social, cultural, political, and art histories. In part 2, “Approaches,” essays describe different pedagogical entries into Dryden and his time. These approaches cover subjects as various as genre, adaptation, literary rivalry, musical setting, and political and religious poetry in classroom situations that range from the traditional survey to learning through performance.

Anna Battigelli
Elizabeth Bobo
Thomas F. Bonnell
Jennifer Brady
Margaret Anne Doody
Dianne Dugaw
J. Caitlin Finlayson
Daniel Gustafson
Blair Hoxby
Ann A. Huse
Christopher D. Johnson
Deborah Kennedy
Kathryn Lowerre
Scott R. MacKenzie
Adam Potkay
Will Pritchard
Cedric D. Reverand II
John Richetti
Aaron Santesso
Philip Smallwood
Katie Sullivan
Elliott Visconsi
Kirstin R. Wilcox
Amanda Eubanks Winkler

Preface

PART ONE: MATERIALS

Jayne Lewis

Primary Works

Online Resources, Recordings, and Artwork

Background Materials and Criticism

Further Reading Recommendations

Survey Issues

PART TWO: APPROACHES

Introduction

Jayne Lewis

Poetry

John Dryden’s Trojan Horse: Religio Laici

Anna Battigelli

Dryden the Elegist: “To the Memory of Mr. Oldham” and “To the Pious Memory of . . . Anne Killigrew”

Cedric D. Reverand II

Reading Dryden’s Verse: Generic Control in the Killigrew Ode and Oldham Elegy

John Richetti

Dryden’s Sweet Saint: The Killigrew Ode in the Survey Course

Deborah Kennedy

A King and No King: How to Use Dryden’s Engagement of the Reader in Absalom and Achitophel

Christopher D. Johnson

Absalom and Achitophel in an Eighteenth-Century Survey Course

Kirstin R. Wilcox

Restoring Dryden to the Core Curriculum: Groups, Crowds, and the Poetry of Public Occasion

Ann A. Huse

Forward from “Mac Flecknoe”: British Literature, 1660 to the Present

Scott R. MacKenzie

Drama

Introducing John Dryden the Dramatic

Margaret Anne Doody

Teaching Marriage à-la-Mode in a Course on Restoration Comedy

Will Pritchard

Teaching Dryden’s Heroic Plays

Daniel Gustafson and Elliott Visconsi

Teaching the Passions in All for Love

Blair Hoxby

Multimedia Dryden: All for Love and a Performative Baroque Aesthetic

Dianne Dugaw

A Potion for Secret Love

Thomas F. Bonnell and Katie Sullivan

“Hither This Way”: Musical Dryden for Nonmusician Students (and Nonmusician Teachers)

Amanda Eubanks Winkler and Kathryn Lowerre

“Originally Shakespear’s”: Adaptation, Critique, and All for Love and The Tempest

J. Caitlin Finlayson

The State of Innocence and Paradise Lost: The Politics of Adaptation

Elizabeth Bobo

Prose and Translation

Dryden and Rochester: Tracing Literary Rivalries in Dryden’s Prefatory Texts

Jennifer Brady

Forgetfulness and Authorial Presence in Dryden’s Prose

Aaron Santesso

Teaching Dryden’s Latin Translations: Lucretius, Vergil, and the Honeybee

Adam Potkay

Questioning Nature: Dryden’s Fables, Ancient and Modern

Philip Smallwood

Notes on Contributors

Survey Participants

Works Cited

Index of Dryden’s Works

Index of Names