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Fall 2018
Sep 22, 2021
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ENAM 0123 - Adventures in Literary Romance
*Adventures in Literary Romance (Pre-1800)* In this course we will explore the literary genre of romance. Today, “romance” often refers to courtship—only one aspect of this ancient genre. Other aspects include adventure, magic, wonder, multiple plots, multiple authors, an affinity for sequels. Romance’s associations with every genre—tragedy, comedy, epic, novel, lyric poetry—and its reputation for escapism have made it an epitome of the very idea of literature, as conceived by attackers and defenders. Its welcoming of female readers and protagonists and its marketing of the exotic have raised issues of gender and ethnicity. We will discuss all such aspects and implications of romance, and we may also explore how romance has shaped modern television and film. No papers or exams; there will be quizzes /daily/ on the reading, and students will be expected to participate thoughtfully in class discussions. Readings from texts such as: /Daphnis and Chloe/, /Ethiopian Romance/, The Gospel of Luke, /The Golden Ass/, Arthurian romances by various authors, /Orlando Inamorato/, /Orlando Furioso/, /The Countess of Pembroke’s Arcadia/, /The Merchant of Venice/, /The Winter’s Tale/, /Don Quixote/,/ Waverly/, /Madame Bovary/, /Lord of the Rings/, /The Chronicles of Narnia/, and /The Time Quintet/. 3 hrs. lect.
0.000 OR 1.000 Credit hours
0.000 OR 1.000 Lecture hours
0.000 TO 2.000 Other hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Literature Division
English & American Literatures Department

Course Attributes:
LIT


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