English 250

Research Seminar: Textual Communities and the Modern

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
3 Fall 2018 Picciotto, Joanna M
Tues. 3:30-6:30 180 Barrows


We’ll explore collectives made possible by the early modern communications revolution, focusing on print and the rise of periodical and serial forms. Case studies will include the Levellers, the Royal Society, and the Methodists, along with responses to these groups, from the famous (Andrew Marvell, Henry Fielding) to the anonymous. Secondary readings will be drawn from theoretical literature on modernity (in relation to media, secularization, and state-formation) as well as relevant criticism. 

Readings available on bcourses. Students will complete short assignments (a brief oral presentation, a review, two close readings) or one article-length paper.

This course satisfies the Group 3 (Seventeenth through Eighteenth Century) requirement.

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