Maps, Globes, Moons: Renaissance Worldmaking (FYS)|
Fall 2020 not offered
When Margaret Cavendish wrote of her desire to be "authoress of a whole world," she voiced an era's fascination with the idea of the world. Spurred by Galileo's discoveries about the cosmos and reports from what Europeans called "the New World," writers and readers in the Renaissance sought new ways to chart this world--and to imagine other worlds. In this course, we will read stories of global exploration, utopian fantasy, and moon travel. We will also examine early modern maps and atlases in Wesleyan's Special Collections and Archives. In doing so, we will ask the same questions as writers such as Cavendish: What is the world? What are its limits? And is it possible to go beyond them?
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Student Option|
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Thomas More, UTOPIA
William Shakespeare, THE TEMPEST
Francis Godwin, THE MAN IN THE MOON
Margaret Cavendish, THE BLAZING WORLD
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Several short essays leading to a final research paper.
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