Instructor Info

Elizabeth Hopwood | | @LizzieHopwood | Loyola Hall 315 | Office hours Tues/Thurs 10-12 & by appointment

Course Info

Tu Th | 8:30-9:15 a.m. | Cuneo Hall Rm 103

Course Description

This class will be a prerequisite for all second tier literature courses, as designated by each department. This course satisfies the first tier of Loyola University’s core Knowledge Area requirement in “Literary Knowledge.”

The foundational course of literary studies will require students to read closely and analyze carefully a representative variety of prose, poetry, and drama, master key literary and critical term, and explore a variety of core critical approaches to the analysis and interpretation of literature. In particular, we will take as our theme the geographic space of the Atlantic World in order to study how cultures, knowledges, and texts circulated in the Atlantic World, geographically defined as Europe, the Americas, West Africa, the Caribbean, and the exchanges and spaces between these places, from roughly 1600 to the present.

Thinking in terms of the Atlantic allows us to engage with issues of colonialism, imperialism, the slave trade, European-New World encounters, indigenous peoples and literacies, performance, anti-colonial and republican revolution, and post-colonialism, all as explored within the literary, historical, and cultural imaginations of those who inhabited the Atlantic world. In this class, students will practice different ways of interpreting literature, including close and distant reading.

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