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ENGL 3260 Talking Things in the 18th Century (Spring: 3 )


Course Description

Eighteenth-century texts through the lens of "thing theory," a theoretical approach addressing how inanimate objects help to form and transform human beings. During the eighteenth century, what did objects mean? How did people understand their things as things? We will read classic works, including Defoe's Robinson Crusoe, Pope's The Rape of the Lock, and Swift's Gulliver's Travels, among other works, alongside relevant thing theory. We will also explore how human beings were treated as objects under chattel slavery. This class offers expertise in the practice of "thing theory" and access to a eighteenth-century texts from a number of genres.


Instructor(s): Elizabeth Wallace

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 07-Dec-13