ENGLISH 336:  LITERATURE AND CULTURE OF THE RENAISSANCE

 

Fall Semester, 2000.  David Mycoff

 

Required Texts

 

  The Norton Anthology of English Literature, 7th ed.  Volume 1B:  The Sixteenth Century/ The Early Seventeenth Century.  Norton.  ISBN 0-393-97566-5. 

 

  Julia Briggs, This Stage-Play World.  2nd ed.  Oxford University Press.  ISBN 019289286X

 

  The Revenger’s Tragedy.  Norton,  ISBN 0393900606.

 

Basic Requirements

 

Punctual and faithful attendance

Punctual completion of all assigned readings

Midterm and final tests

Formal papers: Students have the option of writing three five-page papers or one five-page and one ten-page paper.

 

Grades

 

Midterm test   20%

Final test          20%

Papers:  Option One -- each five-page paper is worth 20%

               Option Two – the five-page paper is worth 20% and the ten-page paper 40%

 

Paper Deadlines

 

Students will set their own deadlines for papers and inform me in writing of their deadlines by the end of the third week of class.  There are, however, a few restrictions.  At least one paper must be submitted before Fall Break.  There must be at least two weeks between the deadlines of your papers.  All papers must be submitted before the

beginning of Week 15.

    I am happy to discuss drafts of papers with students who wish to do so, though I must receive the draft at least one week before the paper is due, and students must set up an appointment with me to discuss the draft at the time that they submit the draft.

 


 

ENGLISH 336:  LITERATURE AND CULTURE OF THE RENAISSANCE

FALL SEMESTER, 2000.  DAVID MYCOFF

SYLLABUS OF DAILY ASSIGNMENTS.

 

Unless otherwise noted, page numbers refer to the Norton Anthology text.

 

This syllabus is subject to changes announced in class.

 

I will occasionally add supplemental materials, mostly short texts or images from various internet sites or music selections played in class.

 

The course is divided into four units:  English Renaissance Humanism in Context; English Renaissance Epic:  Spenser’s Faerie Queene;  Drama of the English Renaissance; Forms of the Lyric in English Renaissance Poetry.

 

WEEK ONE

 

M 21 August.  Introduction to the course.

 

Unit One:  English Renaissance Humanism in Context

 

W 23.  Briggs, This Stage-Play World, Preface, pp. v-xiii, Chps. 1-3, pp. 1-78.  “Homily Against Willful Rebellion, Norton Anthology, 556-8; Hooker, selections from Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity, 558-63; Queen Elizabeth I, “The Golden Speech,” 598-600; Aemilia Lanyer, “Eve’s Apology in Defense of Women,” 1285-87; Margaret Cavendish, prose selections, 1762-71.

F 25.  Briggs, Chp. 4-5. Pp. 79-135.  More, selections from Utopia, 503-23; selections from travel literature, 885-7 and 889-906.

 

WEEK TWO

 

M 28.  Selections from Marsilio Ficino, handout or reserves.

W 30.  Selections of Renaissance music.

 

WEEK THREE

 

M 4 September.  Briggs, Chp. 6-7 pp. 136-202.  Ascam, selections, 563-6; Tyndale, selections, 542-4; Calvin, selections, 544-7; Examination of Ann Askew, 547-550; selection from Foxe, Acts and Monuments, 551-3.

W 6.  Donne, prose selections, 1276-81; Browne, prose selections, 569-82.

F 8.  Briggs, Chp. 8, pp. 203-249.  Selections from Hoby’s translation of Castiglione, 577-93.

 

 

WEEK FOUR

 

M 11.  Sidney, Defense of Poesy, 937-54.

 

Unit Two: English Renaissance Epic:  Spenser’s Faerie Queene

 

W 13.  Spenser, The Faerie Queene, Preface and Bk. I, Cantos 1-3, pp. 622-62.

 

 

WEEK FIVE

 

M 18. Faerie Queene, Bk.I, Cantos  4-6, pp. 662-98.

W 20. Faerie Queene, Bk.I, Cantos  7-10, pp. 698-750.

F 22. Faerie Queene, Bk.I, Cantos  11-12 , pp. 750-72.

 

Unit Three:  Drama of the English Renaissance

 

WEEK SIX

 

M 25.  Briggs, Chp. 9 and Conclusion, pp. 250-1105. Nashe, “Defense of Plays,” 1202-4.

W 27.  Marlowe, Doctor Faustus, 990-1025.

 

 

WEEK SEVEN

 

M 2 October.  Faustus, continued.  Shakespeare, Twelfth Night, 1043-1105.

W 4.  Twelfth Night, continued.  Jonson, Volpone, 1303-1393.

F 6.   Volpone, continued. 

 

 

WEEK EIGHT

 

M 9.  Cary, The Tragedy of Mariam, 1509-27.

W 11.  Midterm Test.

 

MIDTERM BREAK

 

WEEK NINE

 

M 23. Webster, The Duchess of Malfi, 1433-1507.

W 25.  Duchess, continued.  The Revenger’s Tragedy.

F 27. Revenger’s Tragedy, continued.

 

 

WEEK TEN

 

M 30.  Shakespeare, King Lear, 1106-95.

W 1 November.  Lear, continued.

 

 

WEEK ELEVEN

 

M 6. Lear, continued.

 

Unit Four:  Forms of the Lyric in English Renaissance Poetry

 

W 8.  Burton, selection from The Anatomy of Melancholy, 1560-9. Mycoff, excerpts from the Introduction to Sir Philip Sydney’s Astrophil and Stella: A Modern-Spelling Edition:  “Philosophical Traditions: Renaissance Platonism” and “The Poetic Traditions” (electronic text.  Go to my webpage at http://www.warren-wilson.edu/~dmycoff, scroll down to the Links Menu.  The last two items are the assigned readings).  Wyatt, “The long love that in my thought doth harbor” and “Whoso list to hunt,” 527.  Surrey, “The soote season,” 570-1, and “Love, that doth reign and live within my thought,” 571.  Spenser, sonnets from Amoretti, 864-68.

F 10.  Sidney, sonnets from Astrophil and Stella, 917-31.  Musical settings of Sidney’s poetry. 

 

 WEEK TWELVE

 

M 13.  Shakespeare, selected sonnets, 1029-72.  Wroth, selections from Pamphilia to Amphilanthus, 1428-32.  Donne, selections from Holy Sonnets, 1268-72. Milton, selected sonnets, 1812-15.

W 15.  Musical settings to various Renaissance lyrics.

 

 

WEEK THIRTEEN

 

M 20.  Jonson, “On Something. That Walks Somewhere,” 1394; “On My First Daughter,” 1394-5; “To John Donne,” 1395; “Inviting a Friend to Supper,” 1398-9.

W 22.  No class. Thanksgiving Break.

F   24.  No class. Thanksgiving Break.

 

 

 

WEEK FOURTEEN

 

M 27.  Jonson, “To Penshurst,” 1399-1401; selections from “A Celebration of Charis,” 1403-8; “To the Memory of … Shakespeare…” 1414-16.

W 29.  Donne, poems, 1233-62 and “Good Friday, 1613. Riding Westward,” 1272-73.

 

 

WEEK FIFTEEN

 

M 4 December.  Donne poems, continued, and musical settings.

W 6.  Herbert, “Easter Wings,” 1599; “The Collar,” 1609-10; “The Pulley,” 1610.  Vaughan, “They Are All Gone into the World of Light,” 1624-5.

F 8.  Marvell, “To His Coy Mistress,” 1691-92  and “The Garden,” 1698-1700.

 

 

WEEK SIXTEEN

 

M 11.  Crashaw, “The Flaming Heart,” 1640-3.  Carew, “ A Rapture,” 1661-64.  Herrick, “Corinna’s Going a-Maying” and “To the Virgins,” 1648-50.

W 13.  Final Examination.