ENGLISH 371A: Early Modern Prose Fiction (seminar)
Taught by: Roland Greene
Fall Quarter, 2012-2013
Th 2:15-5:05, Room: 160-325
A survey of proto-novels and other experimental fictions of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries in the context of Renaissance and present-day theories of prose fiction. With some attention to issues of epistemology, politics, and religion, the course charts an episode in European literature that has gone largely unarticulated by critics and historians. Texts include Gascoigne's The Adventures of Master F.J., Philip Sidney's two Arcadias, Greene's Pandosto, Cavendish's The Blazing World, and Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress, as well as some influential continental models such as Pantagruel and Don Quixote.
The meetings will consist of brief lectures to frame the issues, followed by general discussion. Because there is little consensus about it, the material lends itself to open-ended conversation.