Early Modern English Prose פרוזה אנגלית בתקופה בעת החדשה המוקדמת
MA Seminar סמינר אם איי
Dr. Noam Reisner ד"ר נועם רייזנר
The English Renaissance of the sixteenth century is mostly famous today for its groundbreaking achievements in poetry and drama, but this was also a period for bold new experimentation with creative prose writing. In this seminar we will consider the development of English prose in this seminal period of cultural and artistic exploration across a wide range of genres and styles. We will look at euphuistic romances, satirical lampoons and invectives, early examples of crime fiction and travel narratives, a selection of utopian fictions, and a few examples of non-fiction prose in polemical, philosophical and religious writings. Throughout, we will consider questions of rhetoric and style, as well as of genre and form, as we grapple with a number of overarching questions about the status of prose writing as an art form in the period, and the emergence of the ‘author’ as a creative, authoritative presence in the prose text.
Primary texts: The seminar will require careful reading of the following selection of prose texts from the period. These texts will include (provisional list): John Lyly’s 'Ephesus: The Anatomy of Wit', Thomas Lodge’s 'Rosalynde', Robert Greene's 'Groatsworth of Wit', Thomas Nashe’s 'Pierce Penniless', Thomas Dekker’s 'The Belman of London', Walter Ralegh’s 'The Discovery of Guiana', Francis Bacon’s 'New Atlantis' and select 'Essays', Margaret Cavendish’s 'The Blazing World', Thomas Browne’s 'Religio Medici', John Milton’s 'Areopagitica', and select sermons of Lancelot Andrewes and John Donne.
Requirements: Active class attendance and participation, a midterm assignment (20%), and either a referat or seminar paper (80%).