Introduction to Enlightenment Literature

“The sacred rights of mankind…are written, as with a sunbeam, in the whole volume of human nature, by the hand of the divinity itself.”  – Alexander Hamilton

Learning Outcomes

Photograph of a hand holding a vintage photo of a streetcar, lined up with the contemporary shot of the same location with streetcar in present day

Traveling through time on the Spadina Streetcar

  • Describe the major historical and cultural developments of the Enlightenment; explain key concepts
  • Describe the major conventions, tropes, and themes of Enlightenment literature; identify and discuss those features with regard to individual authors/works