ENG150Y1 Lecture Notes - Madame De La Fayette, Chivalric Romance

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Madame de Lafayette, The Princess of Cleves (Lecture 1)
- more psychological novel
- more ‘novelistic’ novel
- published anonymously by a woman
Beginning in 17th century, with a difficult-to-read, tedious introduction.
This tedious introduction (first few pages) is embedded in the strategy
of the novel, allowing the readers to relate to the similar ordeal of
which Madame de Lafayette endures.
3 things to keep in mind, while reading:
1) Princess of Cleves marries prince of cleves marries very young,
at a mere 15-16 of age. *She’s young
2) Just like Quixote, plays off of chivalric romance. Not parodying it
as Quixote does, but taking it as a template and moving away
from it—finds chivalric romance ultimately unsatisfactory, or
lacking something.
3) Think about how own generation has to deal b/w shift of things
going from private to public through social media. In 17th
century, there’s also a focus of managing a social identity
—‘updating one’s status’—and deciding between publicizing and
privatizing certain information.
Novel marks important part of literary history, in which female writers
are emerging as people of literary status, in 17th century Europe.
How does she navigate through thiis terrain?
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Madame de lafayette, the princess of cleves (lecture 1) Beginning in 17th century, with a difficult-to-read, tedious introduction. This tedious introduction (first few pages) is embedded in the strategy of the novel, allowing the readers to relate to the similar ordeal of which madame de lafayette endures. 3 things to keep in mind, while reading: princess of cleves marries prince of cleves marries very young, Just like quixote, plays off of chivalric romance. In 17th century, there"s also a focus of managing a social identity. Updating one"s status" and deciding between publicizing and privatizing certain information. Novel marks important part of literary history, in which female writers are emerging as people of literary status, in 17th century europe.

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