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ENGL 7723 18th Century New Materialisms (Fall: 3 )


Course Description

According to Diane Coole and Samantha Frost, by definition New Materialisms return us to some “fundamental questions about the nature of matter and the place of embodied humans within a material world.” And so this course introduces students to key concepts in an emerging field while exploring the relevance of those concepts for an eighteenth- century context. Possible eighteenth-century authors may include Cavendish, Defoe, Pope, Swift, Goldsmith, Sterne, and Cowper. We may also read theoretical work by the following authors, among others: Theodor Adorno and Max Horkheimer, Jane Bennett, Rosi Braidotti, Karen Barad, Stacy Alamo, Bruno La Tour, and Timothy Morton. The written work will consist of two short essays, and then longer, conference-length paper.


Instructor(s): Elizabeth Wallace

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 20-Jan-16