ENGL9004.01 Spring 2019 PhD. Seminar: Periodization [Weiskott]

ENGL9004.01 Spring 2019 PhD. Seminar: Periodization [Weiskott]

detail from Albrecht Altdorfer, The Battle of Alexander at Issus (1529)

Must we divide literary history into periods? This course focuses on the history, politics, and consequences of periodization. Topics include the medieval/modern divide, the concept of renaissance, the relationship between literary periods and national politics, modernity and postmodernity, colonialism and postcolonialism, and alternatives to traditional periodization. As the PhD seminar, this course also functions as a workshop in genres of scholarly writing, such as book reviews and articles.

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