On the eve of the millennium, earth scientists Paul Crutzen and Eugene Stoermer coined the term “the Anthropocene” – the time of humans – to name our current age, reflecting apocalyptic anxieties that nothing on planet Earth seems to be beyond the reach of human industry and interference.
Like other cultural products, the novel traveled to other geographies via the wings of Empire. In imperial settings ranging from Singapore to Sudan and Colombia, authors from contexts far removed from the world of Austen or Flaubert began to produce what has come to be known as the post-colonial novel. How did a genre that was so closely tied to modern European culture come to articulate the hopes and despairs of those newly freed from the imperial yoke?
Romanticism arrived in England towards the end of the French Revolution in the form of a strange, anonymously published volume of poetry called Lyrical Ballads (1798). This book ushered in an ambitious, new mode of poetic writing inspired by the same ideals, imbroglios, and follies of Enlightenment philosophy that spurred the architects of the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen.
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Faculty Interview: Loren Dent on Freud
Alongside Charles Darwin and Karl Marx, Sigmund Freud is one of the key nineteenth century European thinkers who helped radically transform the way we view ourselves and our place in the world. Rather than the calm, rational, calculating individuals who populate so many early Enlightenment texts, people were discovered to be driven by biological needs […]