Staging Race in Early Modern England|
Spring 2012 not offered
This course aims to historicize the representation and staging of race in early modern England. We will examine the emergence of race as a cultural construct in relation to related conceptions of complexion, the humoral body, gender, sexuality, and religious, ethnic, and cultural identity. Readings will focus in particular on three racialized groups: Moors, Jews, and native American "Indians." We will first read the play-texts in relation to the historical contexts in which they were first produced (using both primary and secondary sources), and then consider their post-Renaissance performance history (including literary, theatrical, and film adaptations).
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ENGL)(ENGL-Brit Lit)(ENGL-Race&Ethn)(ENGL-TLF Conc)(FGSS)(THEA)
Shakespeare, THE MERCHANT OF VENICE, OTHELLO, THE TEMPEST
Ben Jonson, THE MASQUE OF BLACKNESS
Christopher Marlowe, THE JEW OF MALTA
Thomas Harriot, A BRIEF AND TRUE REPORT OF THE NEW FOUND LAND OF VIRGINIA
Richard Hakluyt, THE PRINCIPLE NAVIGATIONS
John Leo, A GEOGRAPHICAL HISTORY OF AFRICA
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Assignments include a short paper, oral presentation, and final research project.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course meets the English Department's Literary History I requirement, and also carries a research option that fulfills the research requirement for English majors wishing to write an honors thesis. This course also contributes to the English major Theory and Literary Forms concentration.
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