ENGLISH 842 - Seminar: An Historical Period
Section: 002 Liberalism and Scientific Thought
Term: FA 2018
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
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With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Graduate standing in English, Women's Studies, or English and Education Program. Permission of instructor.
May not be repeated for credit.
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Accounts of the individual human subject were central to the new discourses of liberalism and science in the nineteenth century and still inform our notions of identity today. In this course, we will explore debates about the individual, individuality, and individualism and their relation to sociopolitical concerns from the mid-nineteenth to the early twentieth century. We will start by establishing the frameworks advanced by Charles Darwin and John Stuart Mill before proceeding to consider evolutionary accounts of competition, survival, and fitness alongside liberal notions of self-interest and the common good as well as freedom and interference.

We will, in other words, map the discourses of liberalism and evolutionary science from emergence to consolidation and contestation after Mill and Darwin. Writers to be discussed will likely include Herbert Spencer, Walter Bagehot, Benjamin Jowett T. H. Green, and Thomas Huxley with literary writers to be added depending on the interests on the group. Our reading will thus encompass scientific, philosophical, political, and cultural works with a view to thinking about the challenges of both conducting interdisciplinary research and moving beyond conventional period boundaries.

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ENGLISH 842 - Seminar: An Historical Period
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001 (SEM)
M 4:00PM - 7:00PM
002 (SEM)
M 5:00PM - 8:00PM
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