Prof. Jeffrey Auerbach
Tuesdays, 4:20-6:50 p.m.
Sierra Hall 288
|Description: This research seminar will focus on Henry Stanley’s magisterial Through the Dark Continent (1878), the gripping account of the explorer’s epic crossing of Africa from the Indian Ocean to the Atlantic between 1874-7, which the entire class will read together during the first month of the semester. Students will then spend the remainder of the semester, under the guidance of the instructor, producing a research paper of approximately 15 pages on a topic related to Stanley’s account or European exploration more generally. Possible research topics include: relations with local tribes, logistics such as supplies and porters, diseases and medicine, popular support for and opposition to Stanley’s exploits, Stanley’s reception in Britain and/or America, female explorers, the motivations and backgrounds of explorers, the funding of expeditions, visual imagery, the role of religion, the African background to exploration, and the impact on Africa.|
|February 5||Stanley, Through the Dark Continent, Vol. I, to p. 92
First Worksheet Due
|February 12||Stanley, Through the Dark Continent, Vol. I, pp. 93-270|
|February 19||Stanley, Through the Dark Continent, Vol. I, pp.
Patrick Brantlinger, "Victorians and Africans: The Genealogy of the Myth of the Dark Continent"
Second Worksheet Due
|February 26||Library Visit
Tentative Topic Due
|March 5||Stanley, Through the Dark Continent, Vol. II, to p.
Refined Topic and Preliminary Bibliography Due
|March 12||Stanley, Through the Dark Continent, Vol. II, pp. 153-282|
|March 19||Stanley, Through the Dark Continent, Vol. II, pp.
Felix Driver, "Henry Morton Stanley and His Critics: Geography, Exploration, and Empire
Third Worksheet Due
|March 26||Spring Break - No Class|
|April 2||Library Research / Individual Meetings|
|April 9||Library Research / Individual Meetings|
|April 16||Film: "Mountains of the Moon"
|April 23||Library Research / Individual Meetings|
First Draft of Research Paper Due
|May 20||Final Draft of Research Paper Due|