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Appended here is the study guide for the final exam (Tues, 15 Mar 5:30 PM) Download StudyGuide_ENG301W11_Final And the notes for Two Noble Kinsmen Download NotesonTwoNobleKinsmen Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2011 at English 301
From NWCTC. Cymbeline is one of Shakespeare's "late romances" but not one I'm too familiar with: The Northwest Classical Theatre Company invites you and your classroom to join us this Spring for our production of William Shakespeare’s CYMBELINE! Ostensibly a Shakespearean fairy-tale, the plot details of CYMBELINE can feel at... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2011 at English 301
Review Freeborn 5,6,8 Review Crystal 5-9 Review all assigned reading/translation material, and in-class exercises You should be able to answer basic questions about the history of the English language from ca. 1000-1350, such as: naming the major dialects of ME and knowing how to recognize the major dialectal features for... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2011 at ENG 426
Attached to this post are some notes and other discussion materials from the class meetings on Doctor Faustus and The Tempest. vocabulary: post-colonial criticism, romance, tragicomedy, Calvinism Download Eng301_w8-9 Also, our final reading from Stanley Wells's Shakespeare & Co. on the collaboration with Fletcher (in Two Noble Kinsmen). On TNK,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2011 at English 301
We must of course be wary of making great generalizatoins based upon the limited readings of this class, this term. But the final weeks of the class offer a chance to reflect on what we may have learned about Shakespeare's relationship to other members of the professional writer class. Remember... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2011 at English 301
Consider this an open thread on anything you want to discuss on the Tempest. Last time we tried several topics without getting too far with any: Critical history and post-colonial criticism of the play: this is a central text for the application of post-colonial methodologies on early modern literature. By... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2011 at English 301
“Metadrama and the Visionary Imagination in Dr. Faustus and The Tempest” South Atlantic Rev. 53.2 (May, 1988), 25-45. The real value of this piece seems to be in the connecting of several dots: Renaissance humanist philosophy—including the differing opinions on the role of the artist: to make God’s work better,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2011 at English 301
A great website on the Auchinleck MS, a contender, along with Harley 2253, for one of the most important ME mss for secular verse, romance, etc. I recommend reading the overviews on "Importance" and "History and Owners." Also, for a more complete introduction to the medieval text and its uses... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2011 at ENG 426
Dear Friends in ENG 301, I am at home today tending to a sick child, and so won't be able to come to campus. In lieu of class today, we'll discuss a few things on the blog over the next few days: - continuing discussion of the Tempest - the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2011 at English 301
Consider this forewarning of the deadline for the 2d essay. Here is the document with requirements and criteria in case anyone missed it: Download EssayCriteria2010-11 Anyone with an essay topic to declare? Also, on Thursday, we'll discuss the reading by Merbane, on "meta-theatre" in Faustus and Tempest Download Merbane_metatheatre_faustus_tempes Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2011 at English 301
Everyone gets a 100-line chunk of Sir Orfeo [assigned in class] Read the introductory headnote on the poem and the MS, language, etc. Read the supplied prose translation to get a feel for the story and the style look up those words that are unfamiliar in the supplied glossary (taken... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2011 at ENG 426
Continuing as we are with St. E., I wanted to circle back quickly to the word roynyshe (runish, obscure, mysterious). We know of course that the inscription on the casket in the story is not meant to represent actual OE/Germanic runes, but a much earlier Trojan-derived language spoken by the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2011 at ENG 426
Looking high and low (i.e. the library and youtube) for a film verion of Marlowe's Faust, I was unsuccessful. However, Murnau's silent film, based upon Goethe's Faust is an extraordinary film. There are 1967 and 1994 versions of Marlowe's play, but not readily availalbe. The '67 has Richard Burton in... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2011 at English 301
We'll be doing the first 100 lines of St. Erkenwald. I'm posting here the text + the glossary that you'll probably want. Download Sterkenwald+glossary Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2011 at ENG 426
Vocabulary from Pandosto, Winter's Tale Thomas Middleton, Robert Greene, Pastoral, romance, rogue, coney-catching, cozening Download ENG301_W6-7 Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2011 at English 301
It wouldn't be a bad idea to review the bits on Marlowe from Wells's Shakespeare and Co., as well as this webpage from Norton Anthology dealing with some of the more infamous stories that circulated about Marlowe. What do we mean when we call something or someone "Faustian"? What is... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2011 at English 301
I recommend having a good look at this website in its totality: Wessex Parallel Web Texts. We will be looking closely at "Wepinge haveth myn wonges . . ." Note carefully the alliterative patterns, and the way that keywords repeat (as well as the linguistic peculiarities, the dialect, and so... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2011 at ENG 426
Here are some notes and whatnot for last week and this week, along with the reading for Monday, selections from lyrics of Harley 2253. Download Documents-export-2011-02-18 Download Harley2253lyrics Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2011 at ENG 426
We barely got to mention Greene's Pandosto, so it's worth taking a few moments to understand it on its own terms, and as a source for Winter's Tale. What explains the appeal of Pandosto for Shakespeare to adapt to the stage? How successful do you think either text is as... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2011 at English 301
Read Crystal, Interlude 7 and Chapter 9 "A Dialect Age." Be ready for a dialect activity in class, and a review of Freeborn 6, 8. Our next tranny-text will be selections from early ME lyrics (I think); let you know on Friday. After that, I'm thinking St. Erkenwald might make... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2011 at ENG 426
Under "Essays" There will be four "essay opportunities" spaced throughout the term; you should choose two of these opportunities to write. Please consider this clause of the syllabus to be null and void. There will be only two assigned essays for the term. Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2011 at English 301
Class is canceled for today only. I apologize for the inconvenience this will cause. Please continue with translating the Kentish sermon handed out in Friday's class, and for Weds, please do Ch. 8 of Freeborn. On Friday we will have an in-class assignment that I hope will help us get... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2011 at ENG 426
Acts IV-V “Romance and Tragicomedy” in Winter’s Tale (Bedford ed.), see esp. Greene’s Pandosto or the Triumph of Time (150-64.) “Rogues and Peddlers” in Winter’s Tale (Bedford ed.) 340-55; See esp. Greene’s “The Second and Last Part of Coney Catching” and “The Third and Last Part of Coney Catching” Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2011 at English 301
Read Freeborn, end of 4 and 5 Crystal 101-39. We'll go over the exam in detail. Average was 86; can't be bad! Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2011 at ENG 426
We'll leave most of the ancillary stuff for next week, I think. Find appended this brief note on citation: Download Citingshakespeare Stumbled across this bit about Robert Greene and patronage in the Norton Anthology of British Lit., cf. with Shakespeare's experience with Southampton: “Greene. . .had sixteen different patrons for... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2011 at English 301