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Course Descriptions: Fall 2013 - HTY 398: Furs, Frontiers, and Fame: North American Exploration

Instructor:  Tina Adcock

Time:  Tuesday and Thursday, 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.


Description:  Who counts as an explorer? What does it mean to undertake exploration? Has the age of exploration forever ended—or are we still living in an exploratory world? Together we will answer these questions by examining the identities, practices, and spaces of exploration in North America from the late fifteenth to the twentieth centuries. Different constellations of political, economic, religious, scientific, and intellectual factors inspired imperial and national exploration across Canada, the United States, and Mexico. We will examine encounters between different groups of men and women in contact zones, as well as the “cultures of exploration” that arose in Europe and North America in response to these exchanges. We will encounter adventure, heroism, cannibalism, sex, and “explornography,” all of which we’ll discuss in appropriately critical, but also fun, imaginative, and thoughtful ways. Come along as we explore places far and near, deep and high, hot and cold, unfamiliar—and all too familiar.

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