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ENGL 7713 Seminar: Talking Things in the 18th Century (Spring: 3 )


Course Description

This course reads eighteenth-century texts through the lens of "thing theory," a theoretical approach addressing how inanimate objects help to form and transform human beings. We begin with theoretical works defining the key theoretical moves of "thing theory." We will then read classic works, including Defoe's Robinson Crusoe, Pope's The Rape of the Lock, and Swift's Gulliver's Travels, alongside relevant thing theory. We also explore how human beings were treated as objects under chattel slavery. This class offers expertise in the practice of "thing theory" and knowledge of eighteenth-century texts from a number of genres.


Instructor(s): Elizabeth Wallace

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 07-Dec-13