Introduction to American Literature. The World at the Beginning of the American Era. Geography--the Europeans were discovering new territories, including North America Religion 1456--Gutenberg printed his first Bible (education almost always leads to the undermining of authority)
Copernicus publishes On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres, suggesting that the earth rotates around the sun.
In 1513, Machiavelli publishes The Prince, in which he depicts the lying, cheating, and stealing of successful rulers.
The effect of all this was that Euopeans began to see the world’s instability. Humans began to see themselves as small beings in a big world. Traditional assumptions were broken down.
What works should we study?
Should we expand the canon to include more works by minorities and women?