COMPLIT 731 - Seminar in Literary Movements and Periods
Section: 001 Early Modern Literature and its Global Contexts
Term: WN 2014
Subject: Comparative Literature (COMPLIT)
Department: LSA Comparative Literature
Advisory Prerequisites:
Graduate standing.
May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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While the legacy of Saids' Orientalism has profoundly shaped the study of intercultural relations in colonial and post-colonial contexts, it has also informed scholarly perspectives on early modern encounters, real and imagined, that conform less neatly to colonial or even proto-colonial paradigms. Recognizing the potential hazards of Eurocentrism and anachronism attendant upon such readings, this seminar will explore a variety of alternative, post-Saidian models for thinking about Englands' place in an increasingly globalized early modern world, and, in particular, their implications for reconsidering the literary history of the period. We will interrogate a number of contemporary English authors — Shakespeare, Behn, Defoe, Pope, Montagu, Addison, Cook, and others — who grapple with these questions, while at the same time surveying relevant recent scholarship from the fields of comparative literature and cultural studies, world history, and East-West studies. We will consider questions of influence, reception, and imaginative geography, but will also explore methodological problems raised by more explicitly comparative approaches, including questions of commensurability and meta-historical modeling. Specific topics to be addressed include early modern travel writing, race and enlightenment, captivity narratives, the anxiety of empire, material culture history, and historical cosmopolitanism.

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COMPLIT 731 - Seminar in Literary Movements and Periods
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001 (SEM)
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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ISBN: 0393312054
Oroonoko or the Royal Slave, Author: Aphra Behn ; with an Introduction by Lore Metzger., Publisher: W.W. Norton [Repr.] 1997
ISBN: 0140436472
The journals, Author: James Cook ; prepared from the original manuscripts by J.C. Beaglehole for the Hakluyt Society, 1955-67 ; selected and edited by Philip Edwards., Publisher: Penguin Books Repr. 2003
ISBN: 0393964523
Robinson Crusoe : an authoritative text, backgrounds and sources, criticism, Author: Daniel Defoe. Ed. by Michael Shinagel., Publisher: Norton 2. ed. 1994
ISBN: 0393978192
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
ISBN: 1593081324
Gulliver's travels, Author: Jonathan Swift, Michael Seidel., Publisher: Fine Creative Media 2004
ISBN: 0140449388
The Arabian nights : tales of 1001 nights, Author: translated by Malcolm C. Lyons, with Ursula Lyons ; introduced and annotated by Robert Irwin., Publisher: Penguin 2010
ISBN: 1551116014
The history of Rasselas, Prince of Abissinia, Author: Samuel Johnson ; edited by Jessica Richard., Publisher: Broadview Editions 2008
ISBN: 1853816795
The Turkish embassy letters, Author: Lady Mary Wortley Montagu ; introduction by Anita Desai ; text edited and annotated by Malcolm Jack., Publisher: Virago Press Reprint. 2006
ISBN: 0142437166
The interesting narrative and other writings, Author: Olaudah Equiano ; ed. with an introduction and notes by Vincent Carretta., Publisher: Penguin Books Rev. ed. 2003
ISBN: 0385721463
Captives: Britain, empire, and the world, 1600 - 1850, Author: Linda Colley., Publisher: Anchor Books Doubleday 2004
ISBN: 1596915994
Vermeer's hat : the seventeenth century and the dawn of the global world, Author: Timothy Brook., Publisher: Bloomsbury Press Pbk. ed. 2009
ISBN: 9780670687022
Sweetness and power : the place of sugar in modern history, Author: Mintz, Sidney Wilfred, 1922-, Publisher: Viking 1985
ISBN: 082232315X
Tropicopolitans : colonialism and agency, 1688-1804, Author: Srinivas Aravamudan., Publisher: Duke University Press 1999
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