English 165VA, Spring 2003
Professor Patricia Fumerton

Literature and the Visual Arts:
The Renaissance Self

Time and Place
Office Hours
2:00-3:15 TR
3:30-4:30 R & by appointment
SH1415
SH 2720
Contact Information: pfumer@english.ucsb.edu
Early Modern Center (EMC), SH2510; Hours M 8:30-12; T 8-10:30; W 11-12; R 9-12
English Department

Description

This course studies the relation between the verbal and the visual through a survey of changing modes of self-representation in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century English literature and art. Visual representations will include: formal portraits, emblems, maps, ballad images, miniatures, architecture, perspective painting, and family portraits. Literary representations will include: Shakespeare's Richard II, Spenser's The Faerie Queene, a seaman's journal, ballads, Jonson's masques, sonnets, and Webster's The Duchess of Malfi. Classes will have full access to the Early Modern Center's networked computers, databases, and digital projector.

Required Texts

Requirements

Paper Helpers

Calendar

WEEK 1: INTRODUCTION/ THE NATURE OF PUBLIC REPRESENTATION

Tuesday, April 1 Introduction
Thursday, April 3 Versions of the Chain of Being
 

Michel Foucault, from Preface to The Order of Things
Selections from UCSB General Catalogue, 2001-2002
Shakespeare, Troilus and Cressida, 1.3.75-137
Milton, Paradise Lost, V.469-505
Marlowe, Tamburlaine I, 2.7.12-29
Chain of Being Diagram1
Chain of Being Diagram2

Suggested Reading: E.M. W. Tillyard, Elizabethan World Picture

Web Resources

Background on the English Renaissance
Index of English Renaissance sites

WEEK 2: THE NATURE OF PUBLIC REPRESENTATION

Tuesday, April 8 Portraits of Elizabeth I
  Introduction to Roy Strong, Gloriana: The Portraits of Queen Elizabeth I, pp. 8-44 (Reader)
  Slide Carousel (Elizabeth Portraits)
Richard II, 2.2.9-34
Web Resources Faces of Elizabeth I
Tudor and Elizabethan Portraits
The Elizabethan Court
The Jacobean Court
Renaissance Portrait Gallery
EMC Picture Gallery
Thursday, April 10

William Shakespeare, Richard II, Acts 1-3

Suggested Reading: Stephen Orgel, "Gendering the Crown," in Subject and Object in Renaissance Culture, ed. Margret de Grazia et al, pp. 133-65

Slide Carousel (Geneological Table of Richard II)

WEEK 3: PULBIC REPRESENTATION / ON THE ALLEGORICAL

Tuesday, April 15

Shakespeare, Richard II, Acts 4-5

Thursday, April 17

Selections from Emblem Books (Reader)
Spenser, Faerie Queene, Book 3, canto 6 (Norton, pp. 826-39)

Suggested Reading: Rosemary Freeman, English Emblem Books

  Slide Carousel (Emblems)
Web Resources English Emblem Book Project
Whitney's Choice of Emblemes
German Emblem Books
Alciato's Book of Emblems

WEEK 4: ON THE ALLEGORICAL

Tuesday, April 22

Spenser, Faerie Queene, Book 1, cantos 1, 4, 10 (Norton, pp. 628-41, 662-74, 734-50)

Thursday, April 24 TAKE-HOME MIDTERM (5 double-spaced pp. max.). Due Tuesday, April 30

WEEK 5: AT COURT: THE MASQUE

Tuesday, April 29

The Court Masque
Ben Jonson
, "An Expostulation with Inigo Jones" and "To Inigo, Marguis Would-Be: A Corollary" (Reader)
D.J. Gordon, "Poet and Architect," from The Renaissance Imagination, pp. 77-101 (Reader)

Suggested Reading: Inigo Jones: The Theatre of the Stuart Court, ed. Stephen Orgel and Roy Strong, Vol. I, pp. 1-14, in EMC library

MID-TERM DUE

  Slide Carousel (Masque Designs)
Thursday, May 1

The Court Masque
Ben Jonson, Pleasure Reconciled to Virtue (Reader; see also background information about Pleasure Reconciled in Inigo Jones: Theatre of the Stuart Court, in EMC library)

WEEK 6: CHARTING THE NATION/CHARTING THE SELF

Tuesday, May 6

Coastal Charts and Barlow
Edward Barlow, selections from his Journal, pp. 11-75, 92-100, 174-178
Barlow's Family

Optional Reading: Richard Helgerson's, "The Folly of Maps and Modernity" and his "The Land Speaks" (both in Reader)

  Slide Carousel (Barlow's Charts)
Thursday, May 8

NO CLASS

FIRST PAPER DUE; in my mailbox, noon (3-4 pp.)

WEEK 7: POPULAR STREET ART: THE BLACKLETTER BALLAD

Tuesday, May 13 Ballad Form
(In this class we are mostly not reading but viewing ballads as aesthetic artifacts. Study the formal features of the ballads (print type, ornament, woodcuts) in the Pepys facsimile volumes and look up in the Early English Books Online (EEBO) those ballads in the Reader with EEBO reproductions to see how they were originally printed.)
Mark W. Booth, "Broadside: 'Description of a Strange Fish,'" from his Experience of Songs, pp. 97-113
Tessa Watt, "The Broadside Picture," in Cheap Print and Popular Piety, 1550-1640, pp. 131-177
Web Resources Blackletter Ballads
Broadside Ballads
Sixteenth-century Ballads
Thursday, May 15

Selected Ballads in modern edition, mostly from Roxburghe collection (Reader); facsimiles will be distributed in class:
"Saint Bernard's Vision"
"A Lanthorne for Landlords"
"The Map of Mock-Beggar Hall"
"The Good Fellows Frolick"
"Good Ale for my Money"
"A Health to all Good-Fellowes"
"The Industrious Smith"
"A Merry Discourse"
"The Lamentation of a New Married Man"
"A Merry Dialogue betwixt a married man and his wife"
"Robin and Kate"
"Anne Wallen's Lamentation" (from Pepys collection)
"The Lady and the Blackamoor"

From Pepys facsimile edition (in Reader but only very readable in edition in EMC library):
"A Fooles Bolt is soon shot" (Vol. I, pp. 178-79)

Pepys Facsimile Ballads about Seamen (in Reader but only very readable in edition in EMC):
"Saylors for my money" (Vol I, pp. 420-421)
"A dainty new Ditty of a Saylor and his Love" (Vol. IV, p. 157)
"The Seamans leave taken of his Sweetest Margery" (Vol. IV, p. 158)
"Voyage to Virginia" (Vol. IV, p. 159)
"The Semens Wives Frolick over a Bowl of Punch" (Vol. IV, p. 184)
"The Seamans sorrowful Bride" (Vol. IV, p. 193)
"The Boatswains Call" (Vol. IV, p. 206)
"The Mothers Kindness" (Vol. IV, p. 212)
"The Seamans Deceit" (Vol. IV, p. 220)

Roxburghe Ballads about Seamen (Reader)
"A pleasant new song between a Seaman and his Love" (Reader)
"A New Song of Nelly's sorrow"
"A New Song of Henry setting forth to Sea"
"An excellent New Song, call'd Nelly's Constancy"
"The Seaman's Answer to his Unkind Lover"
"The Faithful Mariner"

Suggested Reading: Natascha Wurzbach, The Rise of the English Street Ballad, 1550-1650; Joy Wiltenburg, Disorderly Women and Female Power in the Street Literature of Early Modern England and Germany

  Slide Carousel (Ballads)

WEEK 8: THE NATURE OF PRIVATE REPRESENTATION

Tuesday, May 20

Renaissance Lyrics
Sir Thomas Wyatt, "Madam, Withouten Many Words," "Whoso List to Hunt," "They Flee From Me" (Norton, pp. 529, 527, 529-30)
Sir Phillip Sidney, from Astrophil and Stella, sonnets 1 (Norton, p. 917), and sonnet 3 and 11 (Reader)
William Shakespeare, Sonnets 18, 20, 73, 130 (Norton, pp. 1031, 1035, 1040)
John Donne, "The Canonization," "A Nocturnal Upon S. Lucy's Day," "A Valediction Forbidding Mourning," "The Ecstasy," "The Relic," "Holy Sonnet 10" (Norton, pp. 1240-41, 1245-46, 1248-49, 1249-51, 1253-56, 1270)

Thursday, May 22 Miniatures
Patricia Fumerton, "Secret Arts: Elizabethan Miniatures and Sonnets," in Cultural Aesthetics, pp. 67-110

Suggested Reading: Eric Mercer, "Miniatures," from The Oxford History of English Art, 1553-1625, pp. 190-216; John Murdoch et al, The English Miniature; Jacques Derrida, from The Truth in Painting [on Kant's Critique], pp. 53, 57-60; Wendy Steiner, "Postmodernism and Ornament," Word and Image 4 (1988): 60-66)
  Slide Carousel (Miniatures)
Web Resources Miniatures Gallery
EMC Picture Gallery

WEEK 9: THE PRIVATE IN PERSPECTIVE

Tuesday, May 27

Perspective Systems: Icons, Annunciations, and Architecture
"The Art of Renaissance Perspective: Galileo and Perspective" (sections to read: "Renaissance Art and Mathematical Perspective," "From Human Architecture to Architectural Structure," and "Conclusion")
OR read
"Perspective" (read for general ideas), from The Oxford Companion to Art, ed. Harold Osborne (Reader)

Suggested Reading: Mary Ann Caws, "The Annunciation of a Test: Rilke and the Birth of the Poem, from The Eye of the Text, pp. 104-21

  Slide Carousel (Banqueting Houses and Architecture)
Web Resources Perspective
Thursday, May 29 Perspective Systems and the Void of Self
Jonson's Oberon (Reader)
Jonson's Pleasure Reconciled (revisited; Reader)
Patricia Fumerton, "Consuming the Void: Jacobean Banquets and Masques," from Cultural Aesthetics, pp. 111-67

Suggested Reading: Stephen Orgel, "Theaters and Audiences," from The Illusion of Power, pp. 1-36)
  Slide Carousel (Icons, Annunciations and Perspective)
Slide Carousel (The Masque Revisited)
Friday, May 30 Undergraduate conference on Early Modern Women, 1-5 pm., SH 2635 (attendance and a brief, 1-2 report on the conference will result in extra course credit)

WEEK 10: THE FAMILY IN PORTRAIT AND ON STAGE

Tuesday, June 3

Family Portraits
Jonathan Goldberg, "Fatherly Authority: Politics of the Family," from James I and the Politics of Literature (Reader)
John Webster, The Duchess of Malfi, Acts 1-3

Suggested Reading: Catherine Belsey, "Distrupting Sexual Difference: Meaning and Gender in the Comedies," from Alternative Shakespeares, pp. 166-90)

SECOND PAPER DUE (7-8 pp.)

  Slide Carousel (Family Portraits)
Thursday, June 5

John Webster, The Duchess of Malfi, Acts 4-5

TAKE-HOME FINAL (10 double-spaced pages max.)
Due Tuesday, June 10, 5 pm., my departmental mailbox