ENG630 201802 Graduate

Winter 2019
ENG 630
Applies To: 
Topic: Race and Early Modern Culture

Lara Bovilsky

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  • Title: Associate Professor
  • Phone: 541-346-1309
  • Office: 246 PLC
  • Office Hours: S20: Monday 1-3, Thursday 9-10, or by appointment; email for Zoom, Skype or Canvas appointment
Department Section Description: 

This course explores how literary and popular texts of the early modern period represent and produce racial identities and experience. We will consider the characteristic shapes of racial fictions in early modern England – occasionally comparing literary examples with period scientific, visual, and material texts. We’ll use these texts from a geographically and temporally distant culture to reflect on the methodology of reading race in cultures other than our own and to reconsider our most familiar understandings of race, with frequent recourse to critical race theory, using both work focused on the early modern period and work that engages race more generally. Readings will include Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus, Marlowe’s The Jew of Malta, Webster’s The White Devil, and Aphra Behn’s Oroonoko.