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Spring 2016-2017
ENG 328 (LA)   No Audit

Topics in the Renaissance - Erotic Poetry

Bradin T. Cormack

This class considers short poems of the 16th and 17th centuries that are variously concerned with love, desire, and sexual intimacy. What are the modes of address in the erotic lyric? How do poems make an erotic subject or erotic object? What is the social or political work of these poems? How might love and rhetoric or love and philosophy be themselves intimates?

Sample reading list:
William Shakespeare, The Sonnets
Sir Philip Sidney, Astrophil and Stella
Fulke Greville, Caelica
Lady Mary Wroth, Pamphilia to Amphilanthus
Christopher Ricks (ed.), Metaphysical Poetry
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Weekly response papers, two essays

Paper in lieu of Final - 40%
Papers - 30%
Class/Precept Participation - 30%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to Freshmen.

Other information:
English department distribution: British Foundations.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
40113 S01 11:00:00 am - 12:20:00 pm M W   McCosh Hall   24   Enrolled:13 Limit:15