ENGLISH 298 - Introduction to Literary Studies
Section: 006 Early Modern Fictions of Travel and Dislocation
Term: WN 2013
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Consent:
With permission of instructor.
Other Course Info:
Prerequisite for concentrators in English and Honors English.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Leaving home, we learn about the strange practices of foreign cultures: a domain of fraught and enlightening exchanges. Or maybe not: for a contemporary reader of such early modern travelogues, exaggeration and lying, generic features of the travelogue since time immemorial, may now seem most prominent. Sometimes such lying revolved around the legitimation of colonial aggression. Often it involved the projective creation of fantastic “Others.” Englishmen, however, were by no means invariably the dominant party in such cultural exchanges. 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 imaginary travelogues.

Readings will be drawn from a list that includes Sir Thomas More, Utopia; William Shakespeare, The Tempest; Sir Francis Bacon, The New Atlantis; poems by John Donne, Andrew Marvell, and Aphra Behn; Aphra Behn, Oronooko; The Travels of Sir John Mandeville(anonymous); Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, Turkish Embassy Letters; Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe; Jonathan Swift,Gulliver’s Travels; and Henry Fielding, A Journey from This World to the Next.

We will look at a range of genres, from utopias to plays to novels to travelogues to satires to poems. The class will emphasize the close reading of texts. Our research project is likely to include engagement with travelogues (or compilations thereof) by Richard Hakluyt, Samuel Purchas, and William Dampier.

ENGLISH 298 - Introduction to Literary Studies
Schedule Listing
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11671
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MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
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22587
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5LSA Hnrs
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MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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11673
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MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
006 (REC)
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11674
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TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
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11675
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TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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20173
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20174
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21192
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TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
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ISBN: 9780393964523
Robinson Crusoe : an authoritative text, contexts, criticism, Author: Defoe, Daniel, 1661?-1731., Publisher: Norton 1994
Required
ISBN: 9780393957242
Gulliver's travels : based on the 1726 text : contexts, criticism, Author: Swift, Jonathan, 1667-1745., Publisher: Norton 2002
Required
ISBN: 9780374514402
Geography III, Author: Bishop, Elizabeth, 1911-1979., Publisher: Nooday Press 1988
Required
ISBN: 9780385410519
Mistress of Lilliput, or, The pursuit, Author: Fell, Alison., Publisher: Doubleday 1999
Required
ISBN: 9780374126261
Collected poems, 1948-1984, Author: Derek Walcott., Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux 1st ed. 1986
Required
ISBN: 9780030549823
A glossary of literary terms, Author: M. H. Abrams., Publisher: Harcourt Brace College Publ. 6. ed. 1993
Required
ISBN: 9780140434903
Selected letters, Author: Mary Wortley Montagu ; edited with an introduction and notes by Isobel Grundy., Publisher: Penguin Books 1997
Required
ISBN: 9780140434859
The interesting narrative and other writings, Author: Olaudah Equiano ; edited with an introduction and notes by Vincent Carretta., Publisher: Penguin Books 1995
Required
ISBN: 9780801861055
English trader, Indian maid : representing gender, race, and slavery in the New World ; an Inkle and Yarico reader, Author: ed. by Frank Felsenstein., Publisher: Johns Hopkins Univ. Press 1999
Required
ISBN: 9780393978193
William Shakespeare, the tempest : sources and contexts, criticism, rewritings and appropriations, Author: ed. by Peter Hulme and William H. Sherman., Publisher: Norton 1st ed. 2004
Required
ISBN: 9780140441659
Utopia, Author: Thomas More ; translated with an introduction by Paul Turner., Publisher: Penguin Books Repr. 1965
Required
ISBN: 9780803253506
The rover., Author: Behn, Aphra, 1640-1689., Publisher: University of Nebraska Press 1967
Required
ISBN: 0631225684
New keywords : a revised vocabulary of culture and society, Publisher: Blackwell Pub 2005
Required
ISBN: 0679723285
China men, Author: Maxine Hong Kingston., Publisher: Vintage Books 1st Vintag 1989
Required
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