Literature and Visual Culture in Shakespeare's England
Spring 2015 not offered
This interdisciplinary course explores the relationship between literature and visual culture as conceived and developed by poets, playwrights, and painters of the English Renaissance. We will examine the relationship between the word and the image in a broad range of texts including aesthetic treatises, poems, plays, and court masques and consider how they influenced and were influenced by contemporary visual culture. Equal attention will be paid to the production and reception of the verbal and visual field: How did poets, playwrights, and painters conceive and materially produce the relation of the verbal to the visual in their respective media? And how was this relation in turn received by readers, audiences, and spectators? Several trips to Olin Library's Special Collections will allow us to see firsthand how early printed books materially shaped their meanings, both verbally and visually. Topics covered will include iconoclasm and iconophobia, the tradition of ut pictura poesis (as is painting, so is poetry), the paragone (competition or comparison) between the verbal and visual arts, visual poetics and rhetorical tropes (e.g., ekphrasis, enargia, hypotyposis), the gendered discourse of "face-painting" (portraiture, cosmetics), the influence of visual culture on dramatic literature and stagecraft.
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|Course Format: Seminar
|Grading Mode: Graded
|Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
Sir Philip Sidney, DEFENCE OF POESIE and ASTROPHIL AND STELLA
George Puttenham, ARTE OF ENGLISH POESIE
Nicholas Hilliard, THE ART OF LIMNING
Henry Peacham, THE ART OF DRAWING
John Lyly, CAMPASPE and QUEEN ELIZABETH'S ENTERTAINMENT AT MITCHAM
Thomas Kyd, THE SPANISH TRAGEDY
William Shakespeare, SONNETS, VENUS AND ADONIS, RAPE OF LUCRECE, TIMON OF ATHENS, THE TEMPEST
|Examinations and Assignments:
Assignments include two short papers (5pp.), a class presentation and a final research paper (10pp.). Students choosing the Research Option will complete a semester-long research paper (20pp.).
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments:
Fulfills the English Literary History I requirement.
Contributes to the fulfillment of the British Literature concentration and Theory and Literary Forms Concentration for the English major. Research Option seminar for prospective Honors thesis writers.
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