William Hogarth, "Scholars at a Lecture, or Daur Vaccum" (1736/7)


Interdsciplinary Courses Sponsored by ECS at U of S

1997–98 and 2001–02: English 802.6/History 899.6

Cultural Studies of the Body: Science and Medicine in English Literature, 1660–1815
Larry Stewart (History), Ray Stephanson (English)

Course Description: This class is intended as a research seminar in the private experience of the body and the public culture of science, medicine, and literature. The purpose is to bring together graduate students from the departments of English and History in an interdisciplinary examination of the ways in which new scientific and medical approaches to the body intersected with literary versions of human embodiment. We will investigate several body "systems"—anatomical and physiological, sexual, racial, legal, etc.—in a variety of primary materials, exploring the complex interrelationship with epistemological models, medical practice, gender, theories of human nature, institutional paradigms (the madhouse, hospital, prison), class, and literary experimentation. Each week students will be asked to read selected literary texts in conjunction with scientific, medical, or other historical materials; we hope students will learn something about the "other" discipline and its methodologies.

2000–01: English 499.6

Special Topics: The History and Literature of London, c. 1600–1800
Gordon DesBrisay (History), Kathleen James-Cavan (English)

Course Description: Early modern London was a world of remarkable social and artistic dynamism. This cross-listed, team-taught course brings social history and literary criticism to bear on the lives and works of Londoners through court records, newspapers, letters, diaries, plays, poems, and novels (some obscure, some famous), as well as current scholarship.

The approach is interdisciplinary. The goal is to provide all parties with a more holistic understanding of early modern London society than either discipline can offer in isolation. Students of literature will acquire skills in historical research, and students of history will develop tools for textual analysis.


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