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Medieval and Renaissance Literature . PG1

Programme: M.A.  Class: First Year Semester: 1 2013

Course 1.1.1. Medieval and Renaissance Literature (Core)

Lectures: Tuesday to Friday: 11.10  a.m.  

 

Week 1/1-4: Chaucer, The Wife of Bath’s Prologue and Tale Professor Prodosh Bhattacharya

Week 2 /1-4: Medieval Europe Church, Society, Chivalry and Court Culture Professor Amlan Das Gupta

Week 3/1-4: Medieval Europe Church, Society, Chivalry and Court Culture Professor Amlan Das Gupta

Week 4/1-4: Medieval English Lyrics Professor Swapan Chakravorty

Week 5/1-3: Langland, Vision of Piers the Plowman: Prologue (B-Text) Professor Swapan Chakravorty

Week 5//4:  Scottish Chaucerians: Dunbar and Henryson Professor Amlan Das Gupta

Week 6/1: Scottish Chaucerians: Dunbar and Henryson Professor Amlan Das Gupta

Week 6/2-3: Malory, The Most Piteous Tale of the Morte Arthur Saunz Guerdon Professor Amlan Das Gupta

Week 6/4: Class Test

Week 7/ 1-2: Versions of the European Renaissance Professor Swapan Chakravorty

Week 7/3-4: Secular Poetry Dr Paromita Chakravarti

Week 8/1-4: Renaissance Secular Poetry Dr Paromita Chakravarti

Week 9/1-4: Spenser, The Faerie Queene Book I Professor  Swapan Chakravorty

Week 10/1-2: Spenser, The Faerie Queene Book I Professor Swapan Chakravorty

Week 10/3-4: Religious Poetry Professor Amlan Das Gupta

Week 11/1-2: Religious Poetry Professor Amlan Das Gupta

Week 11/3-4: Class Test

Week 12/1-4: The Literature of Travel and Discovery: Dr Rafat Ali

Week 14/1-4: English Renaissance Prose: Selections from Donne, Nashe, Bacon, Hooker Sri Abhishek Sarkar

Week 15/1-4: Was there a Renaissance for women? Dr Paromita Chakravarti

Week 16/1-4: Class Test

Reading List

(Selected texts or parts of texts, when not specified, are to be announced by the concerned teacher.)

Background Reading

Brian Cummings and James Simpson, eds: Cultural Reformations: Medieval and Renaissance in Literary History (OUP 2010)

James Simpson, Reform and Cultural Revolution, vol. 2 of The Oxford English Literary History (Oxford University Press, 2002)

William Kerrigan and Gordon Braden, The Idea of the Renaissance (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1989) Other studies as prescribed.

 

Texts for Semester I, 2013:

Middle English Lyrics:

‘Sainte Marye Virgine’(St Godric), ‘Sumer is icumen in’ , ‘Of on that is so fayr and bright’, ‘Where beth they, beforen us weren?’, ‘Edi be thu, Hevene Quene’, ‘Betwene Mersh and Averil’ ‘Now skrinketh rose and lilye-flour’, ‘Lenten is come with love to toune’, ‘Stond well, moder, under Rode’, ‘Gabriel, fram Hevene King’, ‘Lollay, lollay, little child, why wepestou so sore?’, ‘In a tabernacle of a toure’, ‘I sing of a maiden’, ‘Adam lay ibounden’

 

Texts from R.T. Davies, ed. Medieval English Lyrics: A Critical Anthology (London: Faber, 1963), and Carleton Brown, ed. English Lyrics of the XIIIth Century, Religious Lyrics of the XIVth Century, Religious Lyrics of the XVth Century, and R. H. Robbins, Secular Lyrics of the XIVth and XVth Centuries (all Oxford: Clarendon Press).

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Narrative and Allegorical Poetry:

Selections from Chaucer, The Wife of Bath’s Prologue and Tale, from The Canterbury Tales.

Suggested text: The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer, ed. F.N. Robinson, 2nd. ed. (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1957)

William Langland: The Vision of William concerning Piers the Plowman (The Crowley Text, or Text B) ed. Walter W. Skeat (EETS: London: Oxford University Press, 1964): Prologus, pp. 1-10.

 

Scottish Chaucerians

William Dunbar, ‘I that in heill wes, and gladnes’, Robert Henryson, ‘O sop of sorrow, sonkin into cair’ (Cresseid’s complaint against Fortune)

 

 

Medieval Prose

Thomas Malory, Works ed. E. Vinaver (London: Oxford University Press, 1971): ‘The Most Piteous Tale of the Morte Arthur Saunz Guerdon’

 

 

Renaissance Poetry

The Penguin Book of Renaissance Verse ed. D. Norbrook and H. Woudhuysen (London: Penguin, 2005)

Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, ed. T. P. Roche (London: Penguin, 2003)

 

The Metaphysical Poets ed. Helen Gardner (London: Penguin, 1972)

 

Literature of Travel

Travel Knowledge, ed. Ivo Kamps and Jyotsna G. Singh (New York: Palgrave 2001)

 

Renaissance Prose: Selections from Donne, Nashe Bacon, Hooker


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