Department of English

University of Toronto

ENG445H1F L0101

ENG445H1F    L0101     W9-11
Advanced Studies Group 4: Empire, Abolition, and the Black Atlantic, 1668-1831
Instructor: Michael Nicholson

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Email: m.nicholson@utoronto.ca

Brief Description of Course: In this course, we will examine a range of English, Irish, Scottish, Caribbean, and African writings from the Restoration to the Romantic era (1668-1831) in order to explore literary representations of empire. While our investigations will focus on Britain, Africa, and the Americas, we will also examine Orientalism and other aspects of Britain’s global empire. Toward these diverse intellectual ends, we will look at four related clusters of development within long eighteenth-century literature and culture: travel narrative and colonization; transatlanticism and empire; slavery and abolition; and gender, cosmopolitanism, and the Black Atlantic.

Required Reading: Henry Neville, The Isle of Pines; Jonathan Swift, Gulliver’s Travels; Samuel Taylor Coleridge, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner; William Blake, Jerusalem: The Emanation of the Giant Albion; James Grainger, The Sugar-Cane; Ottobah Cugoano, Thoughts and Sentiments on the Evil and Wicked Traffic of Slavery (selections); William Earle, Obi; or, The History of Three-Fingered Jack; Phillis Wheatley, Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral; and Mary Prince, The History of Mary Prince.

First Three Authors/Texts: Neville, Swift, and Coleridge.

Method of Evaluation: Final research paper (45%); seminar presentation (20%); reading responses (20%); class participation (15%).

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