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Fall 2014-2015
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Writing a World: Encounters With Difference, 1650-1850

Linda J. Colley

After 1650, empire, slavery, emigration, commerce, exploration, and tourism all increased the number and range of people crossing oceans and continents. This in turn gave rise to a wealth of different narratives on encountering new cultures and peoples. Focusing on individuals moving in and out of Britain, this seminar explores what it means to change places and to observe difference, and how we can best understand texts emerging from this.

Sample reading list:
Maya Jasanoff, Edge of Empire
Linda Colley, The Ordeal of Elizabeth Marsh
Edward Said, Orientalism
Stuart Schwartz, Implicit Understandings
Peter Hulme, Cambridge Companion to Travel Writing
Linda Colley, Captives

Reading/Writing assignments:
Each student will be required to produce a 6-page mid-term report and bibliography and a 25-page final paper. 150-200 pages of reading a week.

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 20%
Paper in lieu of Final - 40%
Oral Presentation(s) - 10%
Class/Precept Participation - 30%

Other Requirements:
Open to Juniors and Seniors Only.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
21085 S01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm Th   Dickinson Hall   210   Enrolled:3 Limit:13