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1 Proposal: number 38

38. EURO 210: The Enlightenment

This is a new course

Contact:Karen Sullivan
Abstract:This course will introduce students to late seventeenth and eighteenth-century
European thought through analysis and discussion of several major literary,
philosophical, and artistic works of the period, notably Vico’s New Science,
Behn’s Oroonoko, Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe, Graffigny’s Letters from a Peruvian
Woman, Voltaire’s Candide, Rousseau’s Discourse on the Origin of Inequality as
well as excerpts from works by Locke, Kant, Diderot, Herder and others. Our
focus will be eighteenth-century representations of non-European cultures.
Among the topics we will consider are: Enlightenment universalism and its
critics, philosophical travelers, the nature of exoticism, the myth of the
”Noble Savage,” and the relation of literary/artistic creation to political,
economic, and historical contexts.

The philosophical and literary texts studied are crucial to our understanding
of Modernity and have influenced European and American thought in the
disciplines of Literary Studies, Philosophy, Anthropology, Science,
Linguistics, and Political Science. Through close reading of original texts and
critical writings from the eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries,
students will gain awareness of how difference was constructed during the

Course approved by department on July 23, 2008

Submissions and Approvals

Course Date Requirement Action By Whom Notes
EURO 210 2008-07-31 CV Submitted Dept
EURO 210 2008-07-31 ET Submitted Dept
EURO 210 2008-07-31 PI Submitted Dept
EURO 210 2008-09-16 CV Approved GEAC
EURO 210 2008-09-16 ET Approved GEAC
EURO 210 2008-09-16 PI Approved GEAC
EURO 210 2008-10-02 CV Approved UCC
EURO 210 2008-10-02 ET Approved UCC
EURO 210 2008-11-13 CV Approved Senate Not PI
EURO 210 2008-11-13 ET Approved Senate Not PI