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C LIT 361 A: Topics In Early Modern Literature

The Invention of Man

Meeting Time: 
TTh 3:30pm - 5:20pm
Location: 
MLR 316
SLN: 
11808
Instructor:
Marshall Brown

Syllabus Description:

The Invention of Man

In this course we will read a selection of the books that shaped the emergence of modern Western civilization. The guiding theme will be the emancipation of human life from its binding to divine sanction. The Bible says that God created man in His own image. Medieval images show men and women as
divine or demonic universals. The Renaissance developed individual portraiture and variable perspective. We will examine the parallel developments in literature and ideas. Particular attention to techniques for understanding challenging writings from other eras and to your own writing skills. Frequent paragraph assignments, concluding with a final exam or (optionally) longer final paper. Readings:

Dante, Inferno
Boccaccio, Decameron (selections)
Rabelais, Gargantua
Montaigne, "Of Repentance," "Of Experience"
Machiavelli, The Prince
Shakespeare, Hamlet
Descartes, Discourse on Method

Additional Details:

In this course we will read a selection of the books that shaped the emergence of modern Western civilization. The guiding theme will be the emancipation of human life from its binding to divine sanction. The Bible says that God created man in His own image. Medieval images show men and women as divine or demonic universals. The Renaissance developed individual portraiture and variable perspective. We will examine the parallel developments in literature and ideas. Particular attention to techniques for understanding challenging writings from other eras and to your own writing skills. Frequent paragraph assignments, concluding with a final exam or (optionally) longer final paper. Readings:

Dante, Inferno
Boccaccio, Decameron (selections)
Rabelais, Gargantua
Montaigne, "Of Repentance," "Of Experience"
Machiavelli, The Prince
Shakespeare, Hamlet
Descartes, Discourse on Method

Catalog Description: 
Explores topics in literature and cultures of the early modern world (approximately 1400-1800) across national and regional cultures, such as particular movements, authors, genres, themes, or problems.
Department Requirements Met: 
Literature Core
GE Requirements Met: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Status: 
Active
Last updated: 
April 28, 2016 - 9:20am
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