The early modern period laid the foundations for the world as we see it today. From 1300 to 1800, the movement of people coupled with the circulation of texts, ideas, images, and objects destabilized, demolished, and redrew boundaries of perception and understanding. These developments created an increasingly global struggle to find a home in faraway lands. This course explores this struggle that took place in multiple overlapping arenas from the Americas and Asia to Africa and Europe. Topics include painting as biography, epic poetry, chronicles of travel and expansion, letters of fact and fiction, and the invention of “self” and place. Major movements like the Renaissance, the Enlightenment, and the continuous Discovery of New Worlds are investigated as interdisciplinarily textual phenomena.