HIST670 - TOPICS: TRANSREGIONA HIS: ATLANTIC ENLIGHTENMENTS

Description: 
The purpose of this seminar is to introduce graduate students to the key topics, issues, and debates in the 20th- and 21st-century historiography of the trans-Atlantic Enlightenment. We will do so through extensive reading and discussion of landmark secondary work in this field. In the process, we will also pay close attention to the varied approaches and methods by which the history of 18th-century European and American thought and culture have been reconstructed and consider the ways these different methods might be put to new uses in future research. No previous knowledge of the period or key texts is assumed, and a small dose of primary literature will also be assigned most weeks in order to make the textual foundations of the secondary literature clearer. Topics for discussion will include the birth of the intellectual; the idea of the public sphere; religious enlightenment and secularism; race, slavery and colonialism; the gender politics of the Enlightenment; Enlightenment and revolution; and the modern legacy of the Enlightenment project, among many others. Students will be required to write one brief book review (on a single week of class reading) and one extensive final historiographic paper on a topic related to their own research interests (on a bibliography that they construct), as well as participate actively in class discussions weekly.
Instructors: 
ROSENFELD, SOPHIA
Day and Time: 
M 0330PM-0630PM
Room: 
COLLEGE HALL 217
Activity: 
SEM
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