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Week 1-2 Notes (8/26-9/2)

by: Chaelin Despres

Week 1-2 Notes (8/26-9/2) ENGL 221

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This includes everything up until the start of Beowulf. Includes history of the Middle Ages.
British Lit
Christopher Cain
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biritish literature, beowulf, middle ages, english
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British Literature to 1798 Week 12 Notes 8262015922015 In Class English formed circa 450 CE 0 Written form not developmentrecorded until circa 800 CE Novel as the main form of literature developed at the end of the 17th centuryturn of 18th 0 Previously the main form was poetry 0 Poetry is a nuemonic device worked well with stories being told orally Readings Reading and Writing about Literature Chapter 1 o Literature explores the larger world and how one interacts with it 0 Writing about literature helps us clarify knowledgebeliefs Chapter 2 I Good Reading is NOT Fast Reading I Be willing to reread in order to ensure understanding I There are no hidden meanings 9 active reading is constant interpretation 0 Active Reading I Annotating 0 Highlight margin notes ask question look for unusual features of language I Note Taking I Journal Keeping I Use Reference Materials 0 Critical Questions of Literature I About the Text 0 Genre structure language and style I About the Author 0 Balance between New Criticism the text as a standalone entity and the In uence of personal experience I About Cultural Context 0 What was happening at the time social political economic religious etc I About the Reader 0 Who wasis the intended audience In Class On Literature 0 What makes literature literary I Subjectivity9 there are no set standards 0 Literary literature is often a re ection of the culture I Literary values change with time I Currently as in 21quotquot century at the height of literacy rates 0 Litteratvs the ability to readwrite Latin root of word literacy I After fall of Rome readingwriting were preserved in Church takes over Latin language I Only concern was with Latin didn t care about EnglishFrenchetc I Could be partially literature 0 Could read but not write 0 Reading was a mentalintellectual task while writing was mechanical and designated to slavesservantsetc 0 Why Read Literature I Ideologies in uence how we approach text I Literary engages mind in ways other literature doesn t 0 Why Write about Literature I Clarify thoughtsbeliefs I Helps structure thoughts I To demystify readingwriting 0 NO HIDDEN MEANINGS see Readings 8262015 Middle Ages 0 Collapse of Rome to the Renaissance 0 Middle Ages is the inbetween Dark Ages I Vast culturalsocialhistorical emptiness I 1000 years 0 Still high levels of social organization ex Centralized government and high culture 0 Literature I Past time and leisure activity I Also used to better one s own status obtaining rich patrons to commission work 0 Alterity 9 different alternative I Literature is radically alternative 0 Need to think of the Middle Ages on its own rather than as the Dark Ages 0 Fall of Rome 9 410 CE I First time Rome was sacked by Outsiders o Alaric Goth 9 Germanic Tribe 0 Had been a constant existential threat for centuries 0 Germanic Tribes were tribal kinship based with a semblance of a common culture 0 Led to the shrinkage of Rome 0 Began pulling back from the Frontier left Northern territory England open for invasionsettlements o 476 CE was the split of Rome between East and West 0 Created Byzantium 0 West was overrun by invaders and effectively ended 0 England colonized by Rome I Rome s most Northern Point at height of empire 9 ended at Hadrian s wall designed to keep out Northern tribes 0 55 CE until 410 CE 0 After Rome abandoned this in 410 the land was populated by Celts 0 They had lost Roman protection so increase in invasions 0 End of RomanoCeltic Britain driven into Wales in 450 I Invaded by Germanic tribes in 450 0 Was a multigenerational angry migration 0 3 main tribesdialects settled in England 0 Angles o Saxons o J utes 0 Date is given by Bede retrieved from legends 0 These tribes were pagan polytheisticritualistic 0 Conversion to Christianity was when they began to form one identity I At an intervention by Pope Gregory the Great who sent St Augustine 597 to Kent to convert I Tribes were then given literacy money coinage written law a central leader PopeRoman Emperor became part of a larger world Readings Reading and Writing about Literature Chapter 3 o Prewriting I Annotating and questioning a text I Gathering notes and discussing the textanalysis I Choosing a topic 0 Of genuine interest to you 0 Consider how to bring in own backgroundexperience I Developing an argument 0 Convince readers that your position is valid I The Thesis Is a statement about your topic Should be clear specific relevant debatable and original 0 Can be stated as a complete sentence 0 Be in strong unambiguous language 0 Is appropriate to assignment I Gathering Support 0 Use text others ideas own ideals o BRAINSTORMING I Organizing Your Paper I Drafting 0 Introduction 0 Conclusion 0 Transitions 0 Peer Writing and Workshop I Be respectful I Be mindful of time I Honesty is needed I Focus on both the good and bad The Norton Anthology of English Literature Introduction to the Middle Ages pg 123 0 Time span collapse of Roman Empire to Renaissance and Reformation ca 400 ca1500 0 Period of historical social and linguistic change I Divided into 3 sections 0 AngloSaxon Literature Old English 0 AngloNorman Literature Early Middle English o Middle English Literature Middle English 914th 15th Century 0 AngloS axon Literature I Developed after withdrawal of Roman legions in 5th century I Conversion from Paganism to Christianity heavily started in 597 St Augustine led to increase in book production o Bede written story of English conversion to Christianity in 731 I Christian AngloSaxons suffered Germanic invasions 0 Old English preserved with Saxon dialect 9th century I Earliest records in English are religious think Bede 0 Previously all had been oral I Poetry was inspired heavily by the Germanic heroic poetry think Beowulf 0 Christian stories written in this format I Language is used to formalize and elevate speech 0 Lots of irony o AngloNorman Literature I Started in 1066 with the invasion of the Normans I In uence of the French language 0 Increased linguistic and cultural exchanges I 4 Primary Languages Latin French English and Celtic I Attraction to Celtic Oral legends I Development of Romance Genre 0 Love and psychological interiority were focal 0 French based genre 0 Middle English Literature I 14th Century 9 war and disease were devastatingly prevalent 0 Hundred Years War England and France 1337 o Bubonic Plague 1348 I Major Figures 0 Marie de France Chretien de Troyes Dante Chaucer John Gower Julian of Norwich I 15th Century 0 Crowning of Henry V11 1485 after death of Richard III in the War of the Roses for more see 922015 class notes 0 Monk John Lydgate 0 Most prolific poet 0 Selfstyled imitator of Chaucer 0 Religious work under greater surveillance 0 Sir Thomas Malory d 1471 o Definitive form to legend of King Arthur 0 Printing Press 0 Extended literacy booksliterature became a business 0 Medieval English I Weakened in ection system I In uenced increasingly by French I Spelling is mainly phonetic I Vowels are long when doubled or terminal 0 Short when followed by two consonants In Class Middle Ages cont d from previous class 0 313 CE began the unwinding of Rome earliest start of Middle Ages I Edict of Milan by Constantine which allowed Christianity to become a tolerated religion 0 Previously it had been Roman duty to persecute nontolerated religions I Rome was highly apotropaic rituals play a large part in real world events I Beginning of The New World 0 476 CE was the last Western Emperor of Rome future rulers were Eastern or Germanic EUROPEAN MIDDLE AGES CIRCA 400 CE CIRCA 1500 0 1450s invention of the printing press 0 1519 Protestant Reformation Martin Luther ENGLISH MIDDLE AGES CIRCA 450 CE CIRCA 1485 CE 0 1485 Battle of Bosworth Field I Part of the War of the Roses 14001485 0 At the death of Edward III s son there was the question of who was going to be next in line 0 Became war of the Yorkish Branch and Lancaster Branch I Death of Richard III 0 The last Lancaster King I At Richard s death the Tudors took over and crowned Henry VII 0 Start of Modern England English Middle Ages 0 Anglo Saxon Period language Old English circa 450 circa 1100 I Bones of the English language are Germanic I First to adopt Christianity in the North after Ireland 0 597 St Augustine s mission to convert and develop institutions associated with the conversion 0 Recording of English coincidental to the recording of Latin Church language I Largest recording of language other than Latin 0 Progressive in terms of women I Able to sue for divorce and inherit property King Alfred s Preface to the Pastoral Cave 0 King Alfred King of Wessex subkingdom in England I At Alfred s time it was the only powerful subkingdom left others were invaded by Vikings in 798 0 See map of subkingdoms 0n Blackboard 0 Held Vikings off with a peace agreement where they agreed to stop expansion and convert to Christianity I Alfred was the 4th Son and so was training to be a member of the clergy 0 Why he could readwrite Latin 0 Pastoral Cave bishop handbook 0 Letters to various Bishops telling them why it was necessary to translate books into English I So the next generation could still understand they weren t learning Latin I Somewhat of an Educational Reform wants to bring back the informal wealthy tutoring and Religious education 0 Odd because medieval Kings primary concern was always to provide a male heir Bede and Caedmon s Hymn o Caedmon first English poet 0 Bede d 732 most famous scholar of the day I From Northumbrian thought to be the hotspot for scholars I Must have had access to impressive library he never travelled to experience the things he wrote about 0 150200 volumes Readings Reading and Writing about Literature Chapter 4 0 Summary brief recap of the most important parts in a work I Interpretation is a minimum I Present tense I Used as supporting evidence in literary papers 0 Few sentences 0 Restate author s thesis 0 Response to describe your personal response to a reading and explain why you had this reaction I Choose one thought and explore that I Somewhat informal papersdon t necessarily follow thesisandsupport model 0 Explication closereading of poemprose I Makes subtle thoughts clear and explicit I Consider elements such as sentence structure style imagery figurative language word choice grammarpunctuation I Point out elements of style and explain purposeeffect of these on the text 0 Analysis take a whole work apart and examine how the individual pieces relate to each other and the work I Plot development characterization tone irony symbols 0 Comparison and Contrast I Within one work or between multiple I Comparison emphasizes the similaritiescontrast highlights the differences 0 Essay Exams I Prep takes two forms knowing material and anticipating questions 0 Keep up with readingHW o Revisit readings skimmingrereading key passages studying notes 0 Consider themesissues of book from class patterns in notes points the instructor stressed 0 Be as specific as possible 0 Reference the work use character names recall plot points 0 Outline 0 Be clear and concise o More formulaic than traditional essays 0 Show and sweet introduction and conclusion few sentences Beowulf and the AngloSaxon Hero Blackboaro Beowulf and the AngloSaxon Hero 0 Translated for NAEL by Seamus Heaney I Focuses on memory and the relation between past and present The Heroic Ideal o The Battle of Maldon 9 movingforceful statement of heroic ethic 0 Christianity converted Germanic heroic poetry and transformed it I Christ becomes modeled as a young hero I Cruci xion great struggle I Language and motifs are applied to teaching a new doctrine wants to teach those to sufferendure rather than seek vengeance 0 Judith blending of Biblical history with AngloS axon tradition Beowulf and the AngloSaxon Epic Tradition o Finnsburg episode of Beowulf is in the classic tradition short works celebrating deeds of heroes in warrior society 0 Previously all were oral by bardssingers who drew on traditional verse formulas 0 Author of Beowulf portrays the preChristian world as awed and vulnerable I Threats not only by monsters but by blood vengeance and never ending feuds I Hints at limitations of the heroic ideal Norton Anthology of English Literature Beowulf lines 11250 0 Written anywhere from first half of 8th century10th century 0 Originally composed in Mercia dialect Reviving heroic language style and paganism of Germanic oral poetry Deals With Germanic tribes South Scandinavian I The Danes I The Geats I Takes place Mid5th centuryEnd of AngloSaxon Migration Author Christian man Holds to Germanic values I Loyalty of warrior I Lord s oath of protection Soberdignified elegiac mood I Bookended by funerals


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