|1||Introductions, explanations, mutual question and answer |
What is irony, anyway? A mode of language? A social attitude? A system of judgment or adjudication? We'll try to classify "irony" according to its purposes, targets, and effects.
|2||Medieval Literature: Middle English, secular and profane||Chaucer, Geoffrey. "General Prologue." In Selected "Canterbury Tales." Mineola, NY: Dover Publications, 1994. ISBN: 0486282414.|
|3||More irony of character and more social comedy of manners: This time infused with gender|| Chaucer, Geoffrey. "The Wife of Bath's Prologue." In Selected "Canterbury Tales." Mineola, NY: Dover Publications, 1994. ISBN: 0486282414. |
———. "The Tale of the Wife of Bath." In Selected "Canterbury Tales." Mineola, NY: Dover Publications, 1994. ISBN: 0486282414.
|4||The Bayeaux Tapestry||Questions |
We'll 'read' the visual text as a sequential [linear] narrative, with a purpose and with specific strategies for portraying an historical point-of-view.
|5||Conclude Chaucer: Textual authority and the "experience" of the Wife of Bath||Chaucer, Geoffrey. Selected "Canterbury Tales."|
|6||Humanism, Wit, and the English Renaissance||Sonnets (Available on-line: specifics in class.) |
Shakespeare, William. Sonnets.
|7||Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet||Shakespeare, William. Sonnets. |
The embedded sonnets; the 'literary' character of Romeo and his 'Pilgrimage'; the question why this play is a 'comedy'? What does Juliet mean when she tells Romeo "you kiss by the book"?
|8||The Augustan Age: Neoclassicism, Satire, Scatology|| Swift, Jonathan. "A Modest Proposal." In "A Modest Proposal" and Other Satirical Works. Mineola, NY: Dover Publications, 1996. ISBN: 0486287599. |
Pope, Alexander. "Epistle...Arbuthnot" and "Essay on Man." In Essay on Man and Other Poems. Mineola, NY: Dover Publications, 1994. ISBN: 0486280535.
|9||Johnathan Swift, Gulliver's Travels|| Swift, Jonathan. Gulliver's Travels. Mineola, NY: Dover Publications, chapters I and IV, 1996. ISBN: 0486292738. |
Travel narrative and linguistic displacement. Satire and specificity (how do we recognise the topics or targets of the satirist?)
|10||Sense, Sensibility, Landscape|| |
Paintings by William Hogarth:
|11||Romanticism, Revolution, Aesthetics||Blake, William. Songs of Innocence and of Experience. Mineola, NY: Dover Publications, 1997. ISBN: 0486227642.|
|12||Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice||Austen, Jane. Pride and Prejudice. Mineola, NY: Dover Publications, 1995. (read to the point Lizzie visits Darcy's house.) |
Society as 'regulated hatred'; The marriage of the Bennetts; Charlotte Lucas' choice.
|13||Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice and Poems by John Clare and Christopher Smart||Austen, Jane. Pride and Prejudice. Mineola, NY: Dover Publications, 1995. |
Clare, John. "To Mary," "I Am," "The Badger," and "Gypsies."
Smart, Christopher. "My Cat Jeffrey." Sections of Jubilate Agno.
Irony and structure: parallel constructions in the novel.
|14||Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland||Carroll, Lewis. Alice in Wonderland. Mineola, NY: Dover Publications, 1993. |
Terror, the sublime, and the child; Late 19th century concepts of the child; Education and parody: Alice's conversations.
|15||Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland (cont.)||Carroll, Lewis. Alice in Wonderland. Mineola, NY: Dover Publications, 1993. |
|16||The Age of Reform, Restraint, Parody||Browning, Robert. "My Last Duchess" and Other Poems. Mineola, NY: Dover Publications, 1993. |
Tennyson, Lord Alfred. "Tithonus," "Ulysses," and "Evolution." Subsections of "In Memoriam."
Browning, Elizabeth Barrett. Sonnets from the Portuguese.
Psychology as a narrative science; Self-revelation, comedy and perspective.
|17||Arthur Conan Doyle: Sherlock Holmes stories||Doyle, Arthur Conan. "The Adventure of the Speckled Band," "The Adventure of the Dancing Men," and "A Study in Scarlet." In Favorite Sherlock Holmes. Mineola, NY: Dover Publications, 2000. |
Sherlock Holmes and the 'counterfactual'; Comedy, justice, and narrative resolution.
|18||Film: Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest||Wilde, Oscar. The Importance of Being Earnest.|
|19||Henry James, Daisy Miller||James, Henry. Daisy Miller. Mineola, NY: Dover Publications, 1995. |
Who is the central character (Witnerbourne or Daisy) and how does the resolution of that question affect our sense of the generic identity of the novella? The object of the satire?
|20||Henry James, Daisy Miller (cont.)||James, Henry. Daisy Miller. |
Stanley Spencer paintings: Cookham paintings, especially "Christ Carrying His Cross," and others.
|21||Post-Empire and the Fragmentation of History||Beckett, Samuel. Waiting for Godot.|
|22||Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot||Beckett, Samuel. Waiting for Godot. |
Pictures by Lucian Freud, Francis Bacon, and Tracy Emin.
What is "tragi-comic"? What 'happens' in this play?
|23||Harold Pinter, The Homecoming||Pinter, Harold. The Homecoming. |
See also Pinter's Nobel Prize award speech, "Art, Truth and Politics."
|25||Final Exercise Questions|
|26||Assignment: Responses due|
|27||Final Evaluations, Poems, Monty Python||Poems by Philip Larkin, Stevie Smith, Thom Gunn, and Sylvia Plath. |
Larkin, Philip."Church Going," "The Whitsun Weddings," and "High Windows."
Plath, Sylvia. "Daddy," "Lady Lazarus," and "Rabbit Catcher."
Smith, Stevie. "Not Waving but Drowning," "Do Take Muriel Out," "Drugs Made Pauline Vague," "Nor We of Her to Him," "Never Again," and "Conviction."
Gunn, Thom. "Touch," "Moly," "My Sad Captains," and "The Man with Night Sweats."