ENGL134 - The Rites of Discovery: Science, Law and Literature 1492 to 1992

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History of idea of "discovery" from sixteenth-century debate about European "rights of discovery" to 500th anniversary, in 1992, of Columbus' landfall in New World. Evolution of modern concept of discovery, both as part of history of science and in legal context of history of European colonialism and cultural encounter with Native peoples of Americas, Africa, and Asia. Exploration of primary and secondary sources relating to international law, science, and literature.