Course Instructor Days Times Room
ENGL8300 JACOBSON, MIRIAM T 12:30 PM 0067

Topics Title
Literature and the Environment in Pre-Modern Britain
Description

 

This course will examine the relationship of Renaissance culture to the natural world. We'll look at a selection of early modern plays, poems, and prose writing with particular attention to the themes of environments, ecologies, and nature. We'll look at maps, chorography and topography, paintings, historical writings on land redistribution, natural philosophy, botanical books, receipts, and books of secrets. We'll supplement our readings with current scholarship and theory in ecocriticism, object-oriented-ontology, and affordance theory. Readings will include Shakespeare (The TempestVenus and Adonis); a selection of early modern revenge tragedies by Kyd, Webster and Middleton, Drayton's Polyolbion, seventeenth-century garden poetry, Milton (Lycidas and selections from Paradise Lost), Thomas Browne, Francis Bacon, Giambattista della Porta, Hugh Platt, John Parkinson (?Theatrum Botanicum), and Anne Bradstreet.

Assignments

One final research paper; a few ungraded response papers; group curated activity (perhaps a rare book exhibit or a cabinet of curiosities); active participation