Reading and discussion of selected works of major importance in interdisciplinary international studies. Restricted to majors in International Studies.
Industrialization and Its Discontents
Combining the methodologies of the social sciences and the analytical approaches of the humanities, this course is an interdisciplinary exploration of capitalist industrialization, its discontents and the utopian alternative of the secular epiphany put forward by the nineteenth century British Romantics as a remedy to the maladies of the industrial bourgeois civilization. The first part of the course discusses the effects of capitalist industrialization within national and global contexts, as well as the critique capitalist industrialization received within the contexts of counter-Enlightenment discourse and Romantic anti-capitalism thought. The second part of the course focuses on the secular epiphanies of the British Romantics and examines how they were offered as antidotes to the antinomies of capitalist industrialization by encoding the utopian hope of a spiritually centered and whole life.
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