Preview (2010-11): MISCHIEF

grammatica32010-11 WINTER SESSION TERM 1

RMST 221: LITERATURE AND CULTURE OF THE ROMANCE WORLD I: MEDIEVAL TO EARLY MODERN

Theme: “MISCHIEF”
Instructor: O’BRIEN, JULIET

DESCRIPTION

Wit, disguise, trickery, adultery, risqué entertainment, social commentary, religious satire: Medieval and Renaissance culture, viewed through its literature, can be surprisingly transgressive and unorthodox. We will read some of the finest examples, ludic and lubricious texts that are also an important influence on later European and world literatures. Originally written in French, Italian, and Spanish in the 12th to 17th centuries, they span a range of forms: short stories and their collection, episodic narrative, romance, parody, and the picaresque. Through our readings, we will explore issues of translation, kinds of writing, rewriting, and refashioning; ideas of innovation and novelty, from romance (and indeed translation) to the novel; and the connection between innovative writing and playful subject-matter.

REQUIRED READING

PREREQUISITE: None

LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION: English

SUPPLEMENTARY READING
for student presentations and projects: texts ℅ instructor or the library.

  • Selection of translations of Occitan and French satirical and debate-poetry (see instructor)
  • Marie de France, trans. Glyn S. Burgess.
    Lais.
    Penguin, 1999. 9780140447590
  • Trans. Renee L. Curtis.
    The Romance of Tristan: The 13th c. Old French Prose Tristan.
    Oxford World’s Classics, 1994. 9780192827920
  • Gottfried von Straßburg and Thomas, trans. E.R. Hatto.
    Tristan with the “Tristan” of Thomas.
    Penguin, rep. 2004. 9780140440980
  • Trans. Patricia Terry.
    Renard the Fox.
    U of California P, 1992. 9780520076846
  • Fernando de Rojas, trans. Lesley Byrd Simpson.
    The Celestina.
    U of California P, 2009. 9780520250116
  • François Rabelais, trans. M.A. Screech.
    Pantagruel and Gargantua.
    Penguin, 2006. 9780140445503
  • Marguerite de Navarre, trans. Paul Chilton.
    Heptameron.
    Penguin, rep. 2004. 9780140443554
  • Francisco de Quevedo, trans. Michael Alpert.
    Lazarillo de Tormes and The Swindler: Two Spanish Picaresque Novels.
    Penguin, 2003. 9780140449006
  • Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, trans. John Rutherford OR trans. Edith Grossman.
    Don Quixote de la Mancha.
    Penguin, rev. 2002. 9780140449099 OR Ecco, 2005. 9780060934347