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Fall 2016-2017
ENG 532 / COM 531   No Pass/D/Fail

Early 17th Century - Polyglot Poetics: Transnationalism, Gender and Literature

Nigel Smith

On the interaction of different vernacular literatures in early modern Europe in times of turbulent state formation, confessional difference and transcontinental imperial expansion. Through the careers of diplomats, exiles, actors, conquistadors and other travelers, we uncover the deep mutual interest of authors in their neighbors' writings, a story obscured by emphasis upon classical antiquity's continuing hold on learning. We consider work in all genres and are particularly concerned with the politics of theater; poetics; prosody; experiment; the attractiveness of translated prose fiction; philosophy and political theory therein.

Sample reading list:
Fernando de Rojas, Celestina
William Shakespeare, Titus Andronicus
Joost van den Vondel, Gijsbrecht Van Amstel
Pierre Corneille, Polyeucte
Andrew Marvell, Poems
Quirinus Kuhlmann, Himmslische Liebes-Kusse
See instructor for complete list

Paper in lieu of Final - 40%
Oral Presentation(s) - 30%
Other (See Instructor) - 30%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to Freshmen.

Other information:
This class being offered in the English Department, all texts in the syllabus will be available in English translation (and several early modern translations into English will be the subject of discussion). Class members are of course encouraged to use their non-English-language knowledge to consult texts in their original languages. Class participation -- 30% of final grade.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
23191 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm T   McCormick Hall   103   Enrolled:7 Limit:12