English 304A: Romanticism & Antiquarianism Winter, 2012–2013 Fri. 9-11:50am; Room 250–108 Professor Denise Gigante Office: 460-329; phone: 725-7080 *** The Old, the Antique, the Historical Past: What were, and are, the imaginative contours of these phenomena? What are their differences and/ or areas of overlap? How might the “ancient” shed light on, or challenge the idea of the modern? Why the fascination with the old, the antique, and the historically remote in the period known as Romanticism; or, how does the historical situation of this fascination signify? How does the quest for the origins and genealogies of all things relate to “progress,” or the cultural thrust forward? What is the relation between the natural and the supernatural? The outlandish and the mainstream? The eccentric and the person of “common sense”? We will consider these questions philosophically, historically, and aesthetically in relation to the genres of verse romance, translation, the essay, and the novel. Required Texts: George Borrow, Romantic Ballads (9781409932727) Thomas Percy, Reliques of Ancient English Poetry (9781445571225) Walter Scott, Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border (9781406526479) Walter Scott, Old Mortality (0199555303) Walter Scott, The Antiquary (9780199555710) Charles Dickens, Pickwick Papers (9780140621105) All else available on courseworks Week 1 (1/10): Subsitutue Assignment Please read the selected ballads for week 2 from Percy’s collection and locate the (readily available) texts keyed to them. Choose one pairing and identify at least five questions of critical interest for the class to discuss. Think through how any of the questions above might be relevant to this discussion. Week 2 (1/17): Romance and Romanticism Reliques of Ancient English Poetry: The Gaberlunzie Man1; Sir Patrick Spence2; Robin Hood and Guy of Gisborne3; “Edward, Edward” 4; The Children in the Wood5; Sir Cauline6; “The Boy and the Mantle” 7; “King Arthur’s Death” 8 1) 2) 3) 4) 5) 6) 7) 8) Wordsworth’s Old Cumberland Beggar Coleridge’s “Dejection: An Ode” Leigh Hunt, “Robin Hood’s Flight” Franz Shubert, D. 923 (1827) Charles Lamb, “Dream Children” Coleridge, “Christabel” William Collins, “Ode on the Poetical Character” Tennyson, L’Morte d’Arthur Week 3 (1/24): Historical Romanticism Reliques of Ancient English Poetry: (Vol 1): The Ancient Ballad of Chevy-Chase; The Battle of Ottorbourne; Edom o’Gordon; King Estmere; The Child of Elle; (Vol 2): The Tournament of Tottenham; Hardyknute; (Vol 3): The Marriage of Sir Gawaine; The Legend of King Arthur; Glasgerion; Child Waters; Little Musgrave and Lady Barnard; The Knight and Shepherd’s Daughter; Lord Thomas and Fair Ellinor; The Lady turned Servingman; Gil Morrice; The Legend of Sir Guy; Guy and Amarant; Fair Margaret and Sweet William; The Lady’s Fall; The Bride’s Burial; The King of France’s Daughter; The King and the Miller of Mansfield; The Birth of St. George; St. George & the Dragon Bishop Thomas Percy, Essay on the Ancient Metrical Romances Week 4 (1/31): The Celtic Fairy Tradition Thomas Percy, Robin Good-fellow; The Fairy Queen; The Fairies Farewell William Blake, The Crystal Cabinet; cancelled plate to Europe; Introduction, The Songs of Innocence; Introduction, The Songs of Experience; Thomas Crofton Croker, Fairy Legends and Traditions of the South of Ireland Leigh Hunt, Essay on Fairies Rosemary Sweet, “Antiquaries and Antiquities in Eighteenth-Century England” Week 5 (2/7): The Scandinavian Supernatural George Borrow, Romantic Ballads (trans. from the Danish of Oehlenslaeger) The Death-Raven; Fridleif and Helga; Sir Middel; Elvir-Shades; The HeddybeeSpectre; Sir John; May Asda; Haager and Eliza; Saint Oluf; The Heroes of Dovrefeld; Sven Vonved; The Tournament; Vidrik Verlandson; Elvir Hil; Waldemar’s Chase; The Merman; The Deceived Merman; The Elder-Witch Week 6 (2/14): Border Balladry Walter Scott, Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border; Tales of Wonder Glenfinlas, or Lord Ronald’s Coronach; The Eve of St. John; Cadyow Castle; The Grey Brother; Thomas the Rhymer; The Fire King; Frederick and Alice; the Wild Huntsmen; The Erl-King; War Song; the Norman Horse-Shoe; The Dying Bard; The Maid of Toro; Helvellyn Thomas Percy, “Essay on the Ancient Minstrels in England” Week 7 (2/21): The Antiquarian Walter Scott, The Antiquary Week 8 (2/28): Gastronomical Antiquarianism Dick Humelbergius Secundus (pseud.), Apician Morsels On the Productions of the Early Writers on Diet; Of Dieting and Cookery, referable to both Ancients and Moderns; De Re Culinaria; Accont of a Curious Book; A Short Dissertation on the Origin of Dentiscalps, or Toothpicks Week 9 (3/7): The Antiquarian II Walter Scott, Old Mortality Week 10 (3/14): Antiquarianism Satirized Charles Dickens, Pickwick Papers, through chap. 12 Isaac D’Israeli, “Literary Forgeries” Final Assignment: Fifteen-page scholarly essay on a question or topic of your choice: please discuss with me possible formulations as early as possible.