2017-2018 Academic Catalog 
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2017-2018 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

ENG 285 - Topics in Seventeenth-Century Literature

Explores topics in the literary history of the seventeenth century with emphasis in changing ideas in science, history, politics, culture, and science. Depending on the special topic, course may include canonical as well as non-canonical, English as well as New England writing, and texts in a diversity of genres and disciplines.  Satisfies the Period (C-1) requirement.

Special Topic for Spring 2017: Poetry, Theory, and Practice: This seminar asks the question, “what do poems do in the early modern world?” Critical writing on the nature of poetry is scarce in this period. Accordingly, we will turn to the poems themselves in order to tease out what theoretical premises underlie typical poetical practices. While this seminar will focus primarily on 17th-century transatlantic Anglophone poetry (English and American), we will look to some important earlier classical and Renaissance examples for additional background and context. Students will read poetry in modern editions as well as in facsimiles of original 17th-c printings. Students will also use digital surrogates of manuscript sources to understand early modern poetry as a scribal as well as printed culture. For English majors, this special topic fulfills either the C1 (pre-1700 seminar) or the B1 (poetry genre) requirement but does not double count.   May be repeatable for credit, depending on topic.


Anticipated Terms Offered: Periodically