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What were signs of precursors of the novel in the Early Modern period?

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Context of Old English

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Context of Early Modern Period

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What were signs of precursors of the novel in the Early Modern period?

  • experiments in style and media format
  • genre mixtures: George Gascoigne, The Adventures of Master F.J. (1573)
    • story about unrequited love
    • main character then writes letters and poems for the lady, which are included in the story
  • exuberant rhetoric: Euphuism
    • John Lyly, Euphues: The Anatomy of Wit (1578)
    • plethora of long sentences, examples, anaphoras, metaphors, similes, full of rhetoric devices
  • Robert Greene, Pandosto: The Triumph of Time (1588)
    -> source for Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale
  • picaresque romance:
    • Thomas Nashe, The Unfortunate Traveller. Or the Life of Jack Wilton (1594)
    • episodic narrative of protest against existing conditions, fairly violent

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Context of Old English

  • Anglo-Saxon period (5th - 10th century)
  • Germanic invasion, Christian mission, Anglo-Saxon language
  • Viking invasions

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Context of Middle English

  • From Norman Conquest to Renaissance (1066 - ca. 15th century)

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Characteristics of Old English literature

  • re-interpretation of heroism: saints' lives (e.g. Juliana)
  • religious verse: The Dream of the Rood (meditation exercise)
  • prose at the court of King Alfred (849-99): religious and historio-graphical (chronicles)
  • oral transmission, spread of the vernacular
  • manuscript culture

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What is The Morte Darthur

  • English story about King Arthur told using French writing tradition
  • written by Thomas Malory

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Characteristics of Middle English literature

  • political, social and cultural change after Norman invasion
  • manuscript culture, court vs. country
    -> French at court, English in country
  • continuation of hero narratives, romances (due to influence from Romanic countries)
  • Arthurian legends - mythical past
  • start of social analysis and criticism

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What is the most well-known Middle English piece of writing?

Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer (1387-1400):

  • 17,000 lines
  • prose and verse
  • collection of stories
  • pilgrims as representatives of social structure using variety of genres

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Examples of Middle English literature

  • Chaucer, Troilus and Criseyde
  • Thomas Malory, Le Morte D'Arthur
  • Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (1375)
  • William Langland, Piers Plowman
  • Alliterative Revival
    -> no French end rhymes, but alliteration of starting consonants in lines
  • mystery plays, morality plays (Everyman)

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Context of Early Modern Period

  • switch from theocentric to anthropocentric world picture
  • ca. late 15th - late 17th century (Reformation to Restoration: 1534 - 1660s)
  • covers: Renaissance, Humanism, Elizabethan period, Jacobean period, Civil War(s), Interregnum, Restoration
  • beginning of 'modern' period: Glorious Revolution (1688)
  • Humanist learning:
    • translations
    • rhetoric (Quintilian), copia
  • Elizabethan World Picture (fixed world order)

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What are important points about "Beowulf"?

  • first British poem
  • written ca. 8th century
  • deals with Danish people, not with British
  • ca. 3000 lines
  • community of values
  • fusion of heathen and Christian concepts of heroism
  • 2nd half: Beowulf sacrifices his life for his community -> parallels to Jesus/Christianity

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What are important texts from the Renaissance/Humanist period? 

  • Thomas More, Utopia (Lat. 1516, transl. 1551)
    -> coined a whole genre, Utopia literature is only created when you think you have the power to change society
  • Sir Thomas Elyot, The Boke named the Governour (1531)
    -> imitation of Italian text, meant for upper-class Christian men to educate them
  • Roger Ascham, The Scholemaster (1570)
    -> educational book for private tutoring
  • George Puttenham, The Arte of English Poesie (1589)
    -> guidelines for style and rhetoric

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What is "Whoso List To Hunt" an example of?

Authors in the Early Modern Period did not always consider themselves as the original authors of their works. Here, Sir Thomas Wyatt takes strong influence from a sonnet by Francesco Petrarcha and roughly translates it into an English sonnet.

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