English 174

Literature and History

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Fall 2010 Miller, Jennifer
Miller, Jennifer
TTh 12:30-2 223 Dwinelle

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The materials for this course will be available in a photocopied reader and online at http://eebo.chadwyck.com/home.


This course will interrogate the binary implied in its rubric--the distinction between literature and history--by considering the ways in which literary remains constitute the pieces with which we may begin to puzzle out a fully embodied past and by revealing history as, not a static set of "facts," but a creative process--a mode of human activity--susceptible to and participating in the same dynamic of interpretation as literature engenders and requires.  Through readings of Spenser's Faerie Queene (in particular, Book II) in relation to other contemporary documents available through Early English Books Online, we will develop a method for approaching a past in which the binary of "history" and "literature" cannot and did not hold, a past which imagined us as an interpreting audience of the myriad, vibrant phenomena of its lived experience projected in a continuum to our own present day.

This course satisfies the pre-1800 requirement for the English major.

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