ONLINE: This discussion-format course will consider questions of style and content as we think about the category of "literature." We will read books famous for their "literary" qualities: the poetry of William Shakespeare and his contemporaries; sermons by the poet John Donne and the novelist Laurence Sterne; political prose by John Milton; sections of Robert Burton's famous tome "The Anatomy of Melancholy," and its preface, "Democritus Junior to the Reader"; and, finally, selections from Edward Gibbon's "The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire." We will ask questions like: How do these works invite us to approach them? What goals or functions did they serve? What do they say, and what do they mean? Students will gain exposure to some of the most stylistically famous works from the early modern period and assess what, if anything, these "literary" works share. . | Facilitated discussion.
Max enrollment: 24.