To be bought:
W. Shakespeare: Richard II
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
C. Marlowe: Dr. Faustus
W. Wycherley: The Country Wife
From the reader:
G. Chaucer: General Prologue
The Miller’s Tale
E. Spenser The Faerie Queene, Book Two: The Bower of Bliss
Mistery play,- arcadia – beginning of drama
miracle play – saints life
morality play – interlude of 4 elements, the castle of perseverance,
W. Shakespeare Sonnets XII, XVIII
J. Donne “The Flea”
A. Marvell “To His Coy Mistress”
G. Herbert “Easter Wings”
Old English – Beowulf
Middle English: Chaucer (epic), Mistery plays, Morality plays (drama)
Renaissance: John Donne, Edmund Spenser (lyric), W. Shaekspeare, (drama)
Restoration: Dryden, W.Wycherley (comedy)
The lecture covers literature from the beginning to 1700.
5th/6th century: Angles, Saxons and Jutes emigrate from the continent and invade England. This leads to a conflict with the Celts who already live there.
Angles, Saxons and Jutes had their own language/literature: Old English (German dialects).
Only few words are handed down from this language, an example is Beowulf. Beowulf is a heroic epic of 3182 long lines – from 8th century, but only later manuscripts esp. from 10th century. Beowulf was handed orally through generations
. Epic: a tale of heroic adventures; examples of Old English
• Latin was the main language of this time esp. Of educated and ruling class.
Latin literature consists of saints’ legends, chronicles, prayers etc. The church, of course, preferred Latin, but after the Battle of Hastings in 1066 and the following Norman Conquest, French became the second official language (after Latin).
1066-1485: Norman rule was about 300 years and Middle English Period
In the 14th...