The Transatlantic 18th Century: City, Country, Colony|
Fall 2007 not offered
Transnationalism is not new. The literatures and cultures of 18th-century Europe and America were every bit as interconnected as global literatures and cultures today. In this course we will see how European ideas of nature and culture, civilization and barbarism, urban corruption and rural innocence affected the colonial experience in America and were forever altered by it. We will look, for example, at the influence of the literary cultures of London and Paris on the young printer Benjamin Franklin and the African American poet Phillis Wheatley. We will read satires of urban life by Pope and Swift. We will see how Rousseau's ideas about rustic virtue and the noble savage fared in the New World. And we will ask how imperial culture and the transatlantic trade changed rural and urban Europe.
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Works by men and women on both sides of the Atlantic, including Native Americans, and Africans both slave and free. We will read poetry, essays, travel writing, and fiction by Aphra Behn, Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, Benjamin Franklin, Samuel Johnson, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, and Tobias Smollett, among others.
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This course meets the English Department's pre-1800 requirement.
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