ENGL 7706 Medieval English Romance (Fall: 3 )
This course reads romances as nostalgic expressions of desire: for readable national pasts, authorizing foundation myths, satisfying fantasies of gender relations. Complex questions of audience (such as the relation between "popular romance," a perceived lower/middle class, and high-status aristocratic and French texts) and cultural relations (Saxon and Celtic traditions jostled with French literary models as English re-emerged after suppression under the Normans) will help us characterize the social and political force of the genre(s). We will examine questions of gender construction, class irritation, desire for origins, and the limits of the romance genre, deploying mythography, postcolonial criticism, and orality theory.
Instructor(s): Robert Stanton
Last Updated: 07-Dec-13