2000-2001 Theme:
The Early Modern “New”: Discoveries and Rediscoveries

By the early modern “new,” we mean new ways the Renaissance through the Eighteenth Century thought about itself; new material and market cultures; new world discoveries (including the newly strange); the fashion for recycling or rethinking the old; novelties; new technologies; new religions; new literatures/genres; new notions about authorship and copyright, etc. The Center is fielding five courses on “the new” in 2000-2001. The collective course investigations are capped by a conference at the end of the year, featuring both undergraduate and graduate students from “new” courses together with keynote speaker, Professor Jean Howard (Department of English, Columbia University).

2000-2001 Events

Theme-Related Courses

Fall 2000

ENGL 131 | The American Newness: Studies in Enlightenment and Revolution (Undergraduate)

ENGL 265 | New Worlds (Graduate)

Spring 2001

ENGL 0 | The Old and the New: Medieval and Renaissance Drama (Undergraduate)

ENGL 0 | The Old and the New: Medieval and Renaissance Drama (Graduate)

ENGL 0 | New Identities: Incorporation, Inscription, and Life Stories (Graduate)


Colonial British America : Essays in the New History of the Early Modern Era
A 1984 Johns Hopkins University Press book edited by Jack P. Greene. (link leads to an Amazon listing for the book)

The Internet Shakespeare: Opportunities in a New Medium
[Early Modern Literary Studies Special Issue 2 (January, 1998)] The articles abstracted and included on this site theorize ‘new’ intersections between Shakespeare and the the internet/hypertext.

New Approaches to Renaissance Studies
Course site covering new approaches to court culture, urban and rural cultures, new worlds, new science, the new state, and the new family; includes extensive store of images, assignments, a syllabus, and a course description (Rebecca Bushnell, U. Penn.)

New Beginnings: Early Modern Philosophy and Postmodern Thought (Toronto Studies in Semiotics)
A 1994 book by John N. Deely; link leads to an Amazon listing for the book

New Scholarship from Old Renaissance Dictionaries: Applications of the Early Modern English Dictionaries Database
[Early Modern Literary Studies Special Issue 1 (April 1997)] The essays on this site explore the new opportunities to study the early modern period via older primary texts now made more readily accessible.

UC Santa Cruz Press Release: Professors receive NEH funding to create a new approach to the “classics.”
The release discusses a new approach to overcome periodization and the pitfalls of departmentalization when teaching the classical, the medieval and the renaissance.

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