ENG-2323 FYS: 1492: Reading the Conquest

3 credits

Prerequisite: Open only to first-year students.

This first-year seminar will examine early literary responses to the conquest of the New World. Themes include the sense of wonder and curiosity catalyzed by the epochal encounters begun in 1492; the meanings of these journeys, discoveries, and conquests; ideas about the natural (were the Americas and their inhabitants paradisiacal or savage?); and the significance of the conquest for us today. It is hoped students will share the sense of awe expressed by our authors at the marvels they encountered during their various sojourns. This course is also designed as a beneficial introduction to college life including research, balancing your schedule, learning how to learn, making use of campus resources and developing successful study skills. This is a first-year seminar course and meets the First-Year Seminar requirement of the GECC.