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ENGL102 PO - Early Modern Romance

When Offered: Fall 2021.
Instructor(s): C. Rosenfeld
This course will read from three major romance narratives of the early modern period: Philip Sidney’s Arcadia, Edmund Spenser’s Faerie Queene, and Mary Wroth’s Urania. We will build, from the ground up, a working theory of the genre (or mode? or strategy?) called “Romance.” Both partaking of and radically departing from the more familiar genres of epic, tragedy, and comedy, early modern “romance” has been described as the ‘kitchen sink’ of literature (where anything and everything goes) and as a dangerous waste of time. What would it mean to think of “romance” as a mode or instrument of inquiry, a tool of epistemology, a form or set of forms with which writers and readers of the early modern period came to know the world as it was, as it might be, and as it should be? Topics include human and post-human; affective landscapes; allegory; transformation; gender and sexuality; world-making.
Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
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