Brave New Worlds? More, Montaigne, Shakespeare, and Swift on the Age of Exploration

Thursday, June 6, 2013
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Thursdays, June 6 – August 1 (class will not meet July 4)

5:45 – 7:45 pm

Led by Stuart Patterson
This class has been cancelled.

This seminar investigates how Europe’s “age of exploration” spurred new examinations of the human condition. Through Thomas More’s Utopia, Michel de Montaigne’s “On Cannibals,” William Shakespeare’s The Tempest, and Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels, and contextualized with the Newberry’s extensive collections on early modern exploration, we will grapple with the deep ambivalence all these works reveal about the simultaneously “savage” and “civilized” aspects of humanity apparent in worlds both “new” and “old.”

Stuart Patterson regularly teaches all the works in this course as Associate Professor of Liberal Arts at Shimer College in Chicago.

Materials List
More, Thomas. Utopia. W. W. Norton & Company, 2010. ISBN: 9780393932461
Shakespeare, William. The Tempest. W. W. Norton & Company, 2003. ISBN: 9780393978193
Swift, Jonathan. Gulliver’s Travels. W. W. Norton & Company, 2009. ISBN: 9780393930658

CPDU credit is available to Illinois teachers seeking recertification.

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program.

Cost and Registration Information 

Eight sessions, $190
The registration deadline has passed. To register with a $20 late fee, please call (312) 255-3700.