IPP Workshop Series: Representing Mobility in Early Modern English Literature (Sijie Wang)
Feb 11, 2020
from 02:00 to 04:00
|Where||Phil I, Building B, R.025|
|Contact Name||David E. Susa|
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This seminar intends to examine the narrative representations of the traveler figure in early-modern English fiction as well as their various cultural meanings. The presence or absence of mobility on physical, social and psychological levels, in individual lives as well as in collective communities, has attracted the attention of literary, cultural and socio-political researchers. In seventeenth- and eighteenth-century England, the modes of travelling range from religious pilgrimages to imperial quests, thus connecting mobility studies with theological, literary and postcolonial questions. Delving into the historical period when brutal battles triggered by religious conflicts coincide with the expansion of European empires and the development of the novel genre, this seminar invites its participants to seek tentative answers to three guiding questions as they read two excerpts from Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe: What forms of mobility have been represented? How are they represented? What are their cultural implications?
Based on their close reading, the participants are encouraged to explore the intricate interactions between the act of travelling, its influence on society and the genre of the English novel. Combining introductory lecturing with group discussions and group presentations, this seminar aims to broaden the participants’ knowledge about early modern English literature and to improve their skills for textual analysis. Therefore, it is open for students of every level and researchers alike.
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