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Topics in Seventeenth-Century Literature

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Topics in Seventeenth-Century Literature


In this course, we will explore intersections of race, gender, and science in 17th century English literature and culture across various critical frameworks. Drawing from a range of texts, our discussions will focus on entanglements of the sciences and arts in the 17th century as well as how these formations relate to constructions of social identities and embodiment in early modern England. Readings and assignments will ask you to consider relationships between English Renaissance poetry with histories of science and the humanities. Utilizing close reading, archival research, and visual analysis, our community in this course will collectively investigate how race, gender, and science intersect in 17th century literature and culture (and beyond!). Our readings for the course will include work by William Shakespeare, John Milton, and Margaret Cavendish as well as criticism and theory from fields such as critical race studies, feminist and queer theories, and affect studies. Prerequisite(s): one 100-level English course.

Modes of Inquiry

Analysis and Critique [AC], Historical and Social Inquiry [HS]

Writing Credit

No writing credit

Departmental Course Attributes - Major/Minor Requirements

(English: Pre-1800)

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Class Restriction

Exclude First Years

Offering Frequency

Offered with varying frequency