990211 :Modern Age: The Impact of Colonialism on 19th Century European Culture
(The Modern Age:The Impact of Colonialism on 19th Century European Culture)


Voertaal Engels
Werkvorm: Lectures (Collegerooster)
Tentamenvorm: Written exam, Text Presentation (20 minutes), Term Paper (3000 words) (Tentamenrooster)
Studielast:6 ECTS credits
Inschrijving:Inschrijven via Blackboard voor aanvang colleges
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dr. D. Vliegenthart (coordinator)

Doel van de cursus (alleen in het Engels beschikbaar)

This course will no longer be offered and is replaced by ‘Digital Cultures, Digital Humanities’ (990233).

* the student will be able to reproduce socio-historical factors that influenced discourses about "the East," in 19th century Europe
* the student will be able to understand how these factors contributed to the perceptions which the colonizers and the colonized had (constructed) of themselves and each "other"
* the student will gain deepened insights into intercultural and interreligious encounters
* the student will be able to apply 'reception history' as a method

Inhoud van de cursus (alleen in het Engels beschikbaar)

After an introduction into key socio-historical aspects of 19th century Europe, we proceed to look at processes of colonialism. Our focus is on how "eastern" (religious) worldviews and practices were received and reworked in "western" cultures, notably with regards to Indian Hinduism and Japanese Buddhism. This covers the entire spectrum from racist condemnation to romanticized idealization. By applying reception history to the processes of "othering," we study a selection of cases of intercultural encounter as a two-way mirror, whereby interpretations of the eastern "other" are shown to reflect the limitations and preoccupations of 19th century European culture.

Bijzonderheden (alleen in het Engels beschikbaar)

For non-LAS students, the number of places in this course is limited. For registration, please contact Tessa Leesen (t.g.leesen@tilburguniversity.edu) at least three weeks prior to the start of the course.

Verplichte literatuur

  1. J.J. Clarke, Oriental Enlightenment: The Encounter Between Asian and Western Thought. London & New York: Routledge, 1997 [selected chapters].

    Richard King, Orientalism and Religion: Post-Colonial Theory, India and “The Mystic East.” London & New York: Routledge, 1999 [selected chapters].

    Judith Snodgrass, Presenting Japanese Buddhism to the West. Chapel Hill & London: The University of North Carolina Press, 2003 [selected chapters].

    Stefan Berger (ed.), A Companion to Nineteenth-Century Europe: 1789-1914. Malden & Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2006 [selected chapters].

    A selection of articles pertaining to the case studies [to be determined].

    The final reading list can be found in the course manual, which will be made available on Black-board, by the end of January.

Aanbevolen literatuur

  1. Edward W. Said, Orientalism. New York: Vintage Books, 1978/1979 [or any other English edition].

Vereiste voorkennis


Verplicht voor

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences: Elective major Humanities: European History and Culture ( 2013, 2014, 2015 )