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ENGL 6005 Knowing the Other in Early Modern England (Fall: 3 )

Course Description

In sixteenth and early seventeenth century England, people confronted new ideas, new areas of the world, and new peoples that changed their understanding of knowledge itself: what it was, where it came from, how to determine its truth value. In this course we will read primary sources that reveal how humanist education, the Protestant reformation, new science, expanded trade, and the “discovery” and colonization of the new world transformed what counted as knowledge. We will also read literary works from the period that were shaped by these issues, ranging from Thomas More’s Utopia, selections from Spenser’s Faerie Queene, plays by Marlowe, Shakespeare, and Jonson, and poems by Donne and other writers.

Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Mary Crane

Prerequisites: None

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Comments: Fulfills the pre-1700 requirement

Last Updated: 24-Jun-17