Περιεχόμενο/ ύλη μαθήματος Λογ6-260
Session 1. The Middle Ages: Feudal society; love and marriage; the role of the church. View video by Johanna Alemann*. Read: Derrek Brewer, “The Social Context of Medieval English Literature” (in e-class) and “Middle English Literature” along with “Medieval English” (in Norton Anthology, 9th ed pp. 13-24).
Session 2. Thomas of England, Le Roman de Tristran; background on Romance, pp. 140-142; Marie de France, “Chevrefoil”; Capellanus, The Art of Courtly Love, trans. John Parry, pp. 28-36 & 184-186. (The first three are in Norton, 9th ed; the last one in e-class).
Session 3. Introduction to Chaucer & The Canterbury Tales (9th ed of Norton, pp. 238-243); Chaucer, “The Franklin’s Tale” (in Norton, 6th ed, & in e-class). Review session.
Session 4. The Early Modern Age: Renaissance Humanism, Protestant Reformation, Tudor monarchy, political absolutism, court & administration, social change, literature and drama, development of English. Read: Introduction to the 16th Century in Norton Anthology, 9th edition, pp. 531-544; An Homily Against Disobedience; Queen Elizabeth, “Tilbury speech”; Castiglione, “Ladder of Love” in his Book of The Courtier; Dod-Cleaver & Smith, Household Government; Erasmus, “Woman in childbed.” (The first three texts are in Norton, 9th ed.; the last two are provided in e-class.)
Session 5. The Elizabethan Sonnet: Sidney, Astrophil and Stella (sonnets 5, 6, 71 & 72); Spenser, Amoretti,
sonnets 65 & 79; Shakespeare, Sonnets, 18, 130, 138; patrarchism and neo-Platonism.
Session 6. Elizabethan Theatre: Romeo and Juliet; view film: Shakespeare in Love.
Session 7. Romeo and Juliet (con’t)
Session 8. Romeo and Juliet (con’t). Review session.
Session 9. The Early 17th Century: from female to male monarch, navigations & colonial aspirations, scientific discoveries, changes in mood and literary style; gender debates. Read: Introduction to the early 17th century in Norton Anthology, 9th ed, pp. 1341-1355; excerpt from A Brief and True Report by Hariot (in Norton 6th ed.); Bacon, “Of Plantations” (Norton, 9th); “A Homily of the State of Matrimony,” excerpt (in e-class); Swetnam, The Arraignment of Women; Speght, A Muzzle for Melastomus; [The last two are in the 9th ed of Norton.]
Session 10. Change in literary styles; metaphysical poets. Donne, “Batter my Heart,” and “The Good Morrow”; Marvell, “To His Coy Mistress”
Session 11. The Civil War and the Republic. Genesis, from the King James Bible (in e-class); Milton, Paradise Lost (Book IV, lines 285-535, 610-775; & Book IX, lines 494-833)
Session 12. Milton, Paradise Lost (Book X, lines 641-1104, & Book XII, lines 466-649); Review session.
Session 13. The Restoration & the 18th Century: political & social changes after the restoration of the monarchy in 1660. Read: Introduction to the Restoration & the 18th Century in Norton, 9th ed.; Steele, “The Spectator’s Club”; Addison, “The Royal Exchange”; Pepys, “The Deb Willet Affair” in his Diary; Anne Finch, “Introduction. (All of these texts are included in the 9th ed of Norton.)
Important Note 1: The materials included in this syllabus can be found either in The Norton Anthology of English Literature, Vol 1, Ninth edition, or in the course’s e-class under “Documents.” The Norton Anthology vol 1 (as well as a photocopied corpus of texts to be used from this volume) will be placed on RESERVE in the ENL Library for anyone who does not own the volume. Texts uploaded in e-class will not be available in photocopied form.
Note 2: The course includes two writing workshops, which will be organized around a critical/research paper. You will be notified about them in due time through an announcement in e-class.
*Video by Johanna Alemann, Europe in Transition, available from: https://archive.org/details/EuropeInTransition
Recommended films to view:
Shakespeare in Love (1998), dir John Madden
Tristan and Isolde (2006), dir Reynolds, (produced by Ridley Scott)
Επιπρόσθετη βιβλιογραφία για μελέτη
ON THE CULTURAL, SOCIAL, POLITICAL & RELIGIOUS SITUATION
MacDonald, Russ. The Bedford Companion to Shakespeare. St Martin’s Press, 1996.
Hattaway, Michael. A Companion to English Renaissance Literature and Culture.
(2003) PR 411. C66
Hattaway, Michael. Renaissance and Reformations: an Introduction to Early
Modern English Literature. (Blackwell, 2005). PR421. H27
Aries, Philippe and Georges Duby. A History of Private Life, vol. 2:
Revelations of the Medieval World. Harvard Univ Press, 1987.
Pages 509-630. GT400. H5713
Stone, Lawrence. The Family, Sex and Marriage 1500-1800. HQ613. S76 1977
ON THE SONNET
Ferry, Anne. The ‘Inward Language’: Sonnets of Wyatt, Sidney, Shakespeare.
(1983) PR 539.S7F47
Schiffer, James. Shakespeare’s Sonnets. PR2848. S46
More, Mary. Women Sonneteers and Patrarchism. PN1514. M58
Cruttwell, Maurice The English Sonnet. PR509.S7.C83
ON ROMEO AND JULIET
Halio, Jay. Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet: Texts, Contexts, and Interpretation
(1995). PR2831. A2H27. See essay by Francois Laroque, “Tradition and
Subversion in Romeo and Juliet”.
Courtney, Richard. Shakespeare’s World of Death (1995)
PR 2983.C68 (includes a chapter on R&J)
Shakespeare, William. Romeo and Juliet. The New Folger Library Series.
(See the essay “Romeo and Juliet: A Modern Perspective” by Gail Kern Paster,
pages 253-265) PR2831. A2M69 (1992)
Callaghan, Dympna. The Wayward Sisters: Shakespeare and Feminist Politics
(1994). PR 2991.C34. (Ch. 4 on the Ideology of Romantic Love in R&J)