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ENGL 524 F - Seminar in Early Modern Lit

Campus: Urbana-Champaign


Seminar dedicated to the study of texts, genres, themes, and/or theoretical issues from the non-Shakespearean literature of the early modern period (approximately 1500-1700). Course Information: 4 graduate hours. No professional credit. May be repeated in separate terms to a maximum of 16 hours, if topics vary. Prerequisite: A college course devoted entirely to an aspect of Renaissance studies or consent of instructor.

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Early Modern Print Culture: Past, Present, Future -This seminar considers early modern textual production as it straddled manuscript and print, and as it now adopts digital forms. How did the differences between manuscript circulation and print publication shape imaginative expression- Going forward, how will we experience literature from the age of print- By exploring how early modern English cultural experience was shaped by constant movement from manuscript into print, and is now being reshaped by digital tools, we can recognize a continuous process of remediation that raises interpretive questions for our scholarly past, present, and future. Past: history of printed forms and the book trade, focused on a few emerging domains of prestige literature (poetry, stage drama, prose fiction) and street literature (broadside ballad, polemical prose). What do we gain and lose when a text moves into a modern edition- What do we uncover when we un-edit these forms- Present: students will tap

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Course Level: Graduate

Credit: 4

Term(s): Fall


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