E 379S • Senior Seminar--Renaissance Inventions of Love (CANCELLED!!)
1:00 PM-2:00 PM
From the 14th to the early 17th century, English poets and dramatists "invented" a variety of "loves" richer than perhaps anything since. Yes, "love" is the mushiest of terms, the mushiest of concepts, and for that very reason it needs perpetual contextual reinvention. Among my aims is to encourage students to look hard at "invention" and its primacy in thinking, as well as to experience the enormous necessity--in English--of reinventing so "unscientific" (but compelling) a concept as love. This is the great unconscious project of the poets and dramatists of the period in question.
I will assign five short (2 pp.) papers and one biggy (8-10 pp.). The short papers will be revisable. Your final grade will be no lower than the average of your papers, with double value given to the biggy.
(texts will be selected from the following)
Piers Ploughman, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
Chaucer, Knight's Tale, Troilus and Criseyde
Margery Kempe, Julian of Norwich
The Geneva Bible
Marlowe, Edward II and Faustus
Spenser, Faerie Queene
Shakespeare, King Lear
Webster, Duchess of Malfi
Ford, 'Tis Pity She's a Whore
Selections from Donne's poetry
Students who know early that they want this course can help me enormously by emailing to me information of what (from the above list) they have already studied. (firstname.lastname@example.org).