Methods of Literary Study


This course introduces graduate students to recent methods and models of study in early modern (roughly 1400-1800) literature and culture. Over the past several decades, the early modern field has been home to some of the most exciting historical, critical, and methodological innovation: post-colonial studies; "new historicism"; the history of affect; the histories of reading and the book; mobility studies; border theory; transnational studies; digital humanities; humanist and post-humanist inquiry; as well as the conversations emerging from the "RaceB4Race" center (Arizona State). Attendant on each field of inquiry are questions of method and of theory: to what traditional and to what new archives do we now turn in our work? What changing notions of canon and evidence reframe our questions? What are the most productive questions that are being asked now in early modern studies? What tools of transnational and comparative study might help us? The course is required for students pursuing the Early Modern Studies Certificate, but it is broadly open to any Humanities graduate student.
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Methods of Literary Study
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