Browse Hierarchy ENGL7002: Spaces and Bodies in Early Modern English
This module explores the relationship between bodies and spaces in English literature from the sixteenth to the eighteenth centuries, forging links between the corporeal and the spatial imagination in the early modern period. In what ways were bodies shaped by the spaces they inhabited such as countries, towns, cities, houses, theatres and other building? What does early modern drama, poetry and prose reveal about the history of pleasure, desire, grief, anxiety, shame and melancholy; and how were such bodily and emotional sensations related to ideas about masculinity and femininity? We will consider how travel writing, specifically the imaginary voyage, uses metaphors of the (female) body to explore and colonise new and other worlds (somatopias); and how the country house in contemporary estate poetry figures a different set of imagined communities. These imaginary and imagined spaces will be compared to the urban spaces dramatized in city comedies and writings about London in order to explore the ways that space is differently articulated in terms of genre and social practices.
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