HISTORY 594 - Topics in History
Fall 2021, Section 002 - Empire and its Discontents: Literature of the British 18th Century
Instruction Mode: Section 002 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
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Details

Credits:
3
Repeatability:
May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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Description

We will study the impact of colonial developments on eighteenth-century genres (travelogues, poetry, the novel, the essay, the play) and discourses (political economy, science, religion, abolitionism, satire). We will study literary responses to slavery, including Olaudah Equiano’s autobiographical slave-narrative. We will study the literary impact of internal relations among the four kingdoms, with attention to Catholic Ireland. And we will examine the shift from Britain’s First Empire (Ireland, North America, Jamaica) to the second, centered on India. We will give attention to such institutions as the Royal Society, the Royal African Company, the East India Company, and the Society for Abolishing the Slave Trade. We will attend both to the development of colonial ideology and critiques of that ideology. Our reading process will seek to open a dialogue between past and present. We will attempt to rethink the genealogy of postcolonial critique from the perspective of a more refined understanding of the British Enlightenment.

Course Requirements:

Expectations: Written work will include a research essay, due at the end, and two very short book reports. Lively participation in seminars is of course expected. Please order the specific editions listed on this syllabus as much as possible.

Required Texts

    Aphra Behn, Oroonoko and Other Writings (Oxford) English Trader, Indian Maid: Representing Gender, Race, and Slavery in the New World, ed. Frank Felsenstein Olaudah Equiano, The Interesting Narrative and Other Writings, Carretta (Penguin) Edmund Burke, On Empire, Liberty, and Reform (Yale) Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe (Penguin) Daniel Defoe, A General History of Pyrates (Dover) Bernard Mandeville, The Fable of the Bees, ed. E.J. Hundert (Hackett) Jonathan Swift, A Modest Proposal and Other Writings (Penguin) Jonathan Swift, Gulliver’s Travels (Oxford) John Gay, The Beggar’s Opera and Polly

Schedule

HISTORY 594 - Topics in History
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
 In Person
20617
Open
7
4Graduate Standing
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W 4:00PM - 7:00PM
002 (SEM)
 In Person
32586
Open
4
 
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MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
003 (SEM)
 In Person
32587
Open
5
 
-
Tu 2:00PM - 5:00PM
004 (SEM)
 In Person
26705
Open
6
 
-
MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
005 (SEM)
 In Person
27727
Open
6
 
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Th 1:00PM - 4:00PM
006 (SEM)
 In Person
34866
Closed
0
 
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Tu 4:00PM - 7:00PM
007 (SEM)
 In Person
36412
Open
6
1Graduate Standing
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M 3:00PM - 6:00PM
008 (SEM)
 In Person
39662
Open
9
 
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MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM

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