ENGB31 Lecture Notes - Contemporary Romance, Sparagmos, Pathos

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Published on 20 Apr 2013
School
UTSC
Department
English
Course
ENGB31
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Christine.oliver21@gmail.com
ENGB31- Lecture 1: January 7, 13
What is romance:
o Exaggerated gender roles; does the knight rescuing the damsel in
distress narrative linger on through to the modern or contemporary
romance? > Can there be a female HERO?
o Knights, ladies and a quest
o Imagination is crucial to the romance
o Any fantasy fiction is the modern form of romance
o Black and white genre > good (hero we all want to be like) vs. evil
o Magic, fairies, knights, extraordinarily impossible things
Romance may be love plot, but genre of the romance does not equal to love
story
It has adventure > essential element of plot in romance
The complete form of the romance is clearly the successful quest > it’s a
search for something
Structure of the quest:
o Agon (conflict): “perilous journey” and the preliminary minor
adventures
o Pathos (suffering): crucial struggle, usually some kind of battle in
which either the hero or his foe, or both, must die
o Sparagmos (dismemberment): the hero dies or appears to die and
is then resurrected
o Anagnorisis (discovery): exaltation of the hero; not all stories have
this stage
Romance is not mimetic
The genre of the romance is itself a kind of quest for the marvellous > desire
to find something fantastical and imaginative
The romance is a translation of the story into the vernacular
Northrop Frye says that romance is about idealization and wish-fulfillment:
o That romance presents the idealized society > easily identifiable
values
o He specifies the ruling class (aristocracy were the initial dealers with
romance stories), therefore is romance a conservative genre?
Romance’s almost always are nostalgic: a search for some kind of
imaginative golden age in time or space
Romance also has a division of the world into familiar and foreign (leaving
the familiar land and going into the foreign, doing the quest and then coming
back home into the familiar)
Frye: Dialectical conflict between good and evil >winter, darkness,
confusion and sterility are the enemies;
It’s a genre of action rather than philosophical
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Romance may be love plot, but genre of the romance does not equal to love story. It has adventure > essential element of plot in romance. The complete form of the romance is clearly the successful quest > it"s a search for something. The genre of the romance is itself a kind of quest for the marvellous > desire to find something fantastical and imaginative. The romance is a translation of the story into the vernacular. Romance"s almost always are nostalgic: a search for some kind of imaginative golden age in time or space. Romance also has a division of the world into familiar and foreign (leaving the familiar land and going into the foreign, doing the quest and then coming back home into the familiar) Frye: dialectical conflict between good and evil >winter, darkness, confusion and sterility are the enemies;

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