Forms of Presence in Renaissance Lyric|
Spring 2021 not offered
Lyric poems depend on immediacy---on the sense that, when we read them, we hear a real voice, speaking right now. Yet the presence that lyrics create is always at risk of being exposed as fantasy, an illusion conjured by the written texts in which we encounter them. How, then, do lyrics bring voices to life? What gives those voices the thrill of immediate presence? And what do lyrics do to us, the readers whom they seek out or evade, seduce or resist, sometimes all at once?
These questions were particularly urgent in early modern England, where an astonishing outpouring of lyric poetry coincided with the rise of print. In this course, we will take this historical coincidence seriously: studying the major lyric poets of the period by paying special attention to the material forms in which their poems reached readers. Our approach will be guided by readings in lyric theory and the history of the book; together, they will prompt us to ask how the book as medium shapes and troubles lyric's imagined presences--and the problems of self, love and desire, of sex and gender, of religious belief and political commitment, with which lyric wrestles.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ENGL-Literature)
Poems by Wyatt, Whitney, Sidney, Spenser, Shakespeare, Wroth, Donne, Milton, Marvell; theoretical essays by Adorno, de Man, Jonathan Culler, Virginia Jackson, and Yopie Prins, and others.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
A series of short analysis papers leading up to a longer research essay.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course fulfills the Literary History I and Theory requirements and contributes to the British Literature and Theory & Literary Forms concentrations of the English major.
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