Pirates, Puritans, and Pequots: Literatures of the Renaissance Atlantic|
Fall 2020 not offered
This course opens the traditional canon of Renaissance literature westward, examining the connections between English Renaissance authors and the slaves, indigenes, and colonists living in and around England's emerging colonies in the New World. What picture emerges when New World authors ranging from Puritans to pirates to Pequots are put in sustained dialogue with the points of view of investors, planners, and dreamers "at home" in England? We will answer this question by surveying a variety of texts and objects including travel narratives, pirate plays, utopian fictions, indigenous craftwork, maps, eccentric political tracts, diaries, colonial promotion materials, and early ethnographies produced by authors all around the Atlantic rim (some even in 17th-century Connecticut!). Together, we will think about the relationship between these objects and slavery, religious radicalism, indigenous-European relations, inter-European conflict, exploration, and trade.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AMST)
Shakespeare, THE TEMPEST
Dryden, THE INDIAN QUEEN
Fletcher, THE SEA VOYAGE
Bradstreet, THE TENTH MUSE LATELY SPRUNG UP IN AMERICA
Bacon, NEW ATLANTIS
Neville, THE ISLE OF PINES
Williams, KEY INTO THE LANGUAGE OF AMERICA
Hariot, BRIEF AND TRUE REPORT OF THE NEW FOUND LAND OF VIRGINIA
Smith, DESCRIPTION OF NEW ENGLAND
Ralegh, DISCOVERY OF GUYANA
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Assignments include two short papers (5 pgs) and one longer paper (10 pgs), an oral presentation, and a final exam. Students choosing the Research Option will complete a semester-long research paper in lieu of other written assignments.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course fulfills the Literary History I and Literatures of Difference requirements and contributes to the British Literature and Race & Ethnicity concentrations of the English major.
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