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C LIT 361 A: Topics in Early Modern Literature

Meeting Time: 
TTh 1:30pm - 3:20pm
Location: 
SMI 115
SLN: 
11893
Instructor:
Donald Gilbert-Santamaria

Syllabus Description:

COMPARATIVE LITERTURE 361 A

Donald Gilbert-Santamaría

Winter 2022

TTh 1:30-3:20

Early Modern Subjects

The Renaissance marks a radical re-orientation in how human beings would think about their place in the universe. The new voices that emerge in this period, working in all manner of disciplines, assert a more robust role for individual self-determination in social and political life as well as an unprecedented confidence in humanity’s capacity to decipher the mysteries of the natural world.  The result is a proliferation of new ideas, some subversive, some deeply attached to inherited power structures, but all preparing the way for our modern sense of who we are as human beings.

 

In ten weeks, we can only scratch the surface of this very large topic, and I have chosen a sampling of texts that is designed to provide some sense of the varied ways in which the question of subjectivity is re-configured throughout the early modern period.

 

Readings:

Cervantes, Exemplary Stories (selections)

Erasmus, Praise of Folly

Galileo, Discoveries and Opinions of Galileo (selections)

Machiavelli, The Prince

Montaigne, Essays (selections)

Shakespeare, Twelfth Night

 

Catalog Description: 
Explores topics in literature and cultures of the early modern world (approximately 1400-1800) across national and regional cultures, such as particular movements, authors, genres, themes, or problems.
Department Requirements Met: 
Literature Core
GE Requirements Met: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Credits: 
5.0
Status: 
Active
Last updated: 
October 12, 2021 - 10:22pm
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