ENGL 8001 The Global 18th Century (Spring: 3 )
Eighteenth-century British literature has a reputation for being obsessively nationalistic, defining a British Self against all foreign Others, but the eighteenth century was also a time of contact and exchange among all corners of the globe. In this class, we will examine how British writers engaged questions of globalism and transnationalism during an era when the cultural understand of both “Britain” and “the world” were changing. The secondary material for this class will come from a variety of critical perspectives, including postcolonial and global theory, ecocriticsm, geocritcism, and posthumanism/new materialism. We will discuss the different theoretical and political stakes these approaches bring to how we conceptualize the global.
Instructor(s): Rebekah Mitsein
Last Updated: 01-Feb-17