Literature, Media, and Science in the Age of Shakespeare

Th 6:00PM - 8:30PM / 206 Cathedral of Learning / CRN 30595

This course will look at the early modern moment in England (roughly from the last decade of the 16th century to the restoration) as a site of cultural conflict in several registers. An emphasis of the course will be visual culture in the context of both emerging optics and perspective and the iconoclastic distrust of the visual image (readings will include the work of Joseph Leo Koerner and Michael O'Connell).  Graduate students in this course will have a greater engagement with the idea of “carnival” through the works of Mikhail Bakhtin and Allon White. The course will examine works including Ben Jonson’s Volpone, Thomas Middleton’s Revenger’s Tragedy, John Milton’s Paradise Lost, and Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Further, the instructor of the course will be happy to use this opportunity to discuss with graduate students practical, theoretical, and pedagogical issues of course- and class design and planning. Graduate students in this course will design a proposed model syllabus for a course they might later teach.

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Jeff Aziz

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Category C: Cultural Antagonisms and Cultural Crises

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