University of Guelph 1998-1999 Undergraduate Calendar

Course Description

37-319 Poetics and Politics in Early Modern England F(3-0) [0.50]

This course examines the intimate connections between poetics and politics in Elizabethan and Jacobean literature. The texts to be studied may include plays and poems, as well as essays, political, historical, and theological writings, and works of prose fiction. Close readings of these texts will focus on such issues as kingship, transgression, rhetoric, and the relation between political subjection and literary subjectivity. The course will establish connections between early modern notions of power and its manipulation, and contemporary critical and political discourses in which similar issues are at stake. A wide range of materials chosen from such authors as More, Ascham, Castiglione, Montaigne, Ariosto, Sidney, Puttenham, James I., Nash, Fennor, Bacon, Lyly, Marston, Greene, and Lodge will be examined by way of close readings. Reading-intensive course. (Offered in odd-numbered years.)

Prerequisites: 37-106 or 37-120.
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