Empire: Politics and Aesthetics

Term: Spring 2009

Subject Code: GSOC

Course Number: 6148

This course will examine the politics, aesthetics, and theories of empire. The course starts with a historical overview of imperial politics from Rome to the present. We will then examine several prominent attempts to theorize empires. These theories will then be considered in relation to representations of empire more broadly, including literary and aesthetic ones. Students will write a research paper and be responsible for the readings in one or more sessions.

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