History 280B: The Invention of Religion in Early Modern Europe

Instructor: Ethan Shagan

Since the work of Talal Asad in the 1990s, scholars have endlessly repeated the claim that the analytical category of “religion” was invented in early modern Europe. This assertion is demonstrably false; “religion” has been invented many times, and the modern category continues to evolve. But it does identify an important truth: early modern Europe

English 203: Jacobean Drama

Instructor: David Landreth

We’ll immerse ourselves in the playgoing culture of London in the first two decades of the seventeenth century, when three of England’s greatest playwrights–Jonson, Shakespeare, and Middleton–rose to the heights of their powers. We’ll study how different venues and innovative techniques helped to shape audience engagement, and we’ll think particularly about the distribution of affect