ENGLISH 310: Transatlantic Renaissance (seminar)
Taught by: Roland Greene
Fall Quarter, 2011-2012
T 2:15-5:05, Room: Thornton 210
This course considers the emergence of a transatlantic culture in the early modern period, from about 1500 to 1650. How is the Renaissance of Europe and England fashioned in a conversation with the cultural forms and material realities of the colonial Americas? And how do colonial writings expand and complicate the prevailing understanding of the Renaissance?
The course is organized along a set of key issues, each one treated through several primary and secondary works. While the primary readings emphasize a selection of major English and Spanish works of the period (with French and Portuguese writings assembled for context), the secondary readings include many of the touchstones of the past twenty-five years in this developing field as well as recent, wide-ranging scholarship from fields that intersect with the course such as history, geography, and law.
Poets, playwrights, explorers, philosophers, and chroniclers studied include Christopher Columbus, Thomas More, Thomas Wyatt, Garcilaso de la Vega, Francisco de Vitoria, Richard Hakluyt, Jean de Léry, Edmund Spenser, Thomas Lodge, William Shakespeare, Catalina de Erauso, the Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, and Roger Williams.