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ENG232 - The Eighteenth-Century and Global Enlightenment


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S. Freedman

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The Eighteenth-Century and Global Enlightenment


This course places traditionally read literature of the European Enlightenment within the context of its surrounding historical periods and examines its relationship to newly emerging paradigms of global enlightenment. Considered are the writings of Locke, Rousseau, Jefferson, Wollstonecraft, eighteenth-century British novels, and social satires of Behn, Swift, Voltaire, and Mandeville. Recent historical criticism in global enlightenment studies that have focused on American and Asian enlightenments, including Islam's global presence between 1650 and 1750, Orientalism’s development in England in the 1700s, and Creole personhood in American Tropics between 1750 and 1820 frame the discussions. Interdisciplinarily, the methods and aims of this course impact fields of literary criticism, period studies, comparative history, colonial studies, and religion. Prerequisite(s): one 100-level English course.

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No writing credit

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(English: Pre-1800)

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