Literary Movement Reading Challenge 2015 – March: Enlightenment (1700 – 1800)

The Age of Enlightenment was a cultural movement of intellectuals beginning in late 17th-century Europe emphasizing reason and individualism rather than tradition. Its purpose was to reform society using reason, to challenge ideas grounded in tradition and faith, and to advance knowledge through the scientific method. Enlightenment thinkers opposed superstition and intolerance. Enlightenment in literature explored themes of social upheaval, reversals of personal status, political satire, geographical exploration and the comparison between the supposed natural state of man and the supposed civilized state of man. The Enlightenment was, at its center, a celebration of ideas – ideas about what the human mind was capable of, and what could be achieved through deliberate action and scientific methodology. [Source]

Some of the Enlightenment authors:
(you may pick other authors outside this list)

Daniel Defoe
Denis Diderot
Jonathan Swift
Samuel Richardson
Olivia Goldsmith
Henry Fielding

You can submit your review posts on Enlightenment books in the linky below (linky will be opened on March 15th, 2015)


  1. Hi Fanda,

    I'm about to finish Diderot's "Jacques The Fatalist" and intend to read Swift's "Gulliver's Travels" (I read it before, and it's a masterpeice) and Defoe's "Robinson Crusoe" and "The Farther Adventures of Robinson Crusoe". I read Richardson's "Pamela" before and I liked it so much. I have Fielding's "Tom Jones" and "Joseph Andrews and Shamela" but there'll be no time..

    1. I'm going to read Gulliver's too, and just finished with Goethe's The Sorrows of Young Werther, which was great!

      Good luck with all you plan to read... :)

  2. hi left some comments on Feb check in - but in case you don't get them from when to when is this linky on - what time zone is it working on please

    have pamela ready to read never having done so - why? not sure what else just now must get on with it:)

    1. Hi Alberta, I have replied your comments in Feb check in. Sorry for the late reply! :)


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