HISTORY 197 - First-Year Seminar
Section: 004 Mapping the Early Modern Travelogue
Term: FA 2010
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
Course Note:
A basic introduction to historical thinking and method through small-course seminar experience. Topics vary from term to term; however, no matter what the topic, students can expect to spend a great deal of time learning to think critically about historical questions and to write well. As such, the First-Year seminar should serve as an introduction to upper-level course work in history and related fields of study.
Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Other:
FYSem
Waitlist Capacity:
20
Consent:
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Enrollment restricted to first-year students, including those with sophomore standing.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

What sort of historical evidence does the early modern travel and voyage literature of England provide? We learn in such writings about cartography and unfamiliar flora and fauna. We also learn about the strange practices of foreign cultures: a domain of fraught exchanges, economic and cultural. For a contemporary reader of such texts, however, exaggeration and lying — generic features of the travelogue since time immemorial — may now revolve primarily around the legitimation of colonial aggression. Englishmen, however, were by no means invariably the dominant party. Moreover, the perspectival shifts involved with traveling always risked, or indeed invited, the introduction of utopian or dystopian elements, and so the sudden estrangement of home. Beyond wonders and grotesqueries, potentially discomfiting elements and home truths, so to speak, continually turned up in travelogues. Readings will be drawn from a list that includes Sir Thomas More, Utopia; The Travels of Sir John Mandeville (anonymous); Richard Hakluyt, The Principal Navigations, Voiages, Traffiques and Discoueries of the English Nation (1598–1600); John Ovington, A Voyage to Surat in the Year 1689; William Dampier, A New Voyage around the World; Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, Turkish Embassy Letters; and Jonathan Swift, Gulliver’s Travels.

HISTORY 197 - First-Year Seminar
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
P
38737
Open
1
16Y1
 
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Tu 10:00AM - 1:00PM
Note: ALL SECTIONS OF HISTORY 197 ARE RESTRICTED TO FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS.
003 (SEM)
P
45953
Open
0
5Y1
 
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TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
Note: Section 003: Meets with AMCULT 103.003
004 (SEM)
P
45087
Open
10
10Y1
 
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MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
Note: Meets with ENGLISH 140.002
005 (SEM)
P
43899
Open
5
 
13Y1
-
M 10:00AM - 1:00PM
NOTE: Data maintained by department in Wolverine Access. If no textbooks are listed below, check with the department.


ISBN: 9780520207424
The myth of continents : a critique of metageography, Author: Lewis, Martin W., Publisher: University of California Press 1997
Required
ISBN: 9780140434903
Selected letters, Author: Montagu, Mary Wortley., Publisher: Penguin Books 1997
Required
ISBN: 9780141441436
The travels of Sir John Mandeville, Author: Mandeville, Jean de (1300?-1372), Publisher: Penguin Books. Penguin classics 2005
Required
ISBN: 9780140430738
Voyages and discoveries : the principal navigations, voyages, traffiques and discoveries of the English Nation, Author: Hakluyt, Richard, 1552?-1616., Publisher: Penguin Books 1985
Required
ISBN: 9780953291809
A new voyage round the world : the journal of an English buccaneer, Author: Dampier, William, 1652-1715., Publisher: Hummingbird Press 1998
Required
ISBN: 0838756948
Europe observed : multiple gazes in early modern encounters, Publisher: Bucknell University Press 2008
Required
ISBN: http://ark
The Travels of Dean Mahomet: An Eighteenth-Century Journey through India /30/
Required
ISBN: 9780140441659
Utopia, Author: More, Sir Thomas., Publisher: Penguin 1965
Required
ISBN: 9780618084913
Gulliver's travels and other writings : complete text with introduction, historical context, critical essays, Author: Swift, Jonathan, 1667-1745., Publisher: Houghton Mifflin 2004
Required
ISBN: 0415932270
In the lands of the Christians : Arabic travel writing in the seventeenth century, Publisher: Routledge 2003
Required
ISBN: 9781403961662
Race in early modern England : a documentary companion, Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan 2007
Required
ISBN: 8180280322
The wonders of Vilayet : being the memoir, originally in Persian, of a visit to France and Britain by Mirza Sheikh I?tesamuddin, an eighteenth century Indian gentleman, Author: I'tesamuddin, Mirza Sheikh, ca. 1730-ca. 1800., Publisher: Chronicle Books, an imprint of DC Publishers 2008
Required
ISBN: 9780199537525
Travel writing, 1700-1830 : an anthology, Author: edited by Elizabeth A. Bohls and Ian Duncan ; with an introduction by Elizabeth A. Bohls., Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc. 2008
Required
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