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NEH Seminar: Inventing the New World
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 2, No. 281. Thursday, 31 Oct 1991.
 
 
Date: 		Thu, 31 Oct 1991 12:03:42 -0500
From: 		Steven Mullaney <USERGDX1@UMICHUM.BITNET>
Subject:  	NEH Summer Seminar (1992)
 
Call For Applications:  Professor Steven Mullaney will be
directing a six-week NEH Summer Seminar for College Teachers
from July 6 to August 14, 1992 at the University of Michigan, Ann
Arbor.  For fuller information and application materials, please
WRITE to the address below.  Application materials are not yet
available but will be mailed as soon as received from NEH.  The
topic and description follow; please circulate to any interested
parties.
 
Inventing the New World:  Texts, Contexts, Approaches
 
The European encounter with the Americas is not a simple story of
discovery, conquest, and colonization.  Once discovered or
"invented" in the original sense of the word, the New World had
to be invented in the modern sense as well, made over and cast
into terms that rendered it accessible to and capable of European
imagination.  Sometimes accurately, oftentimes not, blending
rigorous and fairly objective observation with their own myths,
fears, and anxieties, sixteenth-century accounts of New World
voyages played an integral role in this complex process of
cultural accommodation, refashioning the New World in pictorial
representation and narrative form to produce a diverse, rich, and
ambivalent body of colonial discourse.
 
      This seminar will explore selected Spanish, French, and
English New World accounts, ranging from Columbus to Walter
Ralegh, Cortez to Martin Frobisher, Jean de Lery in Brazil to John
Smith in Virginia.  Throughout, we will be interested not only in
the ethnographic details of native lives and customs conveyed to
us--in  sorting out accurate renditions from distortions,
misperceptions, and fabrications--but also in what motivates,
explains, or is explained by the dynamics of European perception
and misperception: in an ethnography, that is to say, of the
colonizer as well as the colonized.  To this end, we will be
exploring and drawing upon recent, socio-historical trends in
literary studies, anthropology, and cultural history in order to
develop our own "thickly" contextualized cultural interpretations
of sixteenth-century colonial representation.  The seminar
welcomes applications from historians, anthropologists, art
historians, and teachers and scholars in the areas of literary and
cultural studies.
 
      National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminars are
intended primarily for individuals teaching undergraduate courses,
full- or part-time, at two- and four year colleges and
universities.  Individuals who are not college teachers but who
are qualified to carry out the work of the seminar are also
eligible to apply.  Participants receive a stipend of $3,200 to
cover travel expenses, books, and living expenses.  Applications
must be received by March 2, 1992.
 
For further information and application forms, please contact:
 
Professor Steven Mullaney, Director
C/O E. Karen Clark
Department of English Language and Literature
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
 

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