Tuesday November 5 2013
2) The Conclusion of The Faerie Queene
3) The Tempest – Background and Genres
4) Travel narratives and utopian societies
5) Mastery, slavery, and forms of servitude
6) Prospero and the magician’s art
7) Julie Taymor’s film adaptation
- Prof apologizes for leaving you hanging last lecture.
- In the last hour in the lecture, think of the issues that will come up in the
previous hours by thinking about them through the recent adaptation of The
Tempest. Prospera instead of Prospero – feminized. So we will be looking at
few clips at the end.
- No class next week
- Essays are due in 2 weeks
- Prof sent you an email that there was a change in office hours. Usually it was
held right before class, but next week it is canceled. Instead, it will be held
from 5:30 to 7pm. If you want to meet outside of that time, please email her.
There will be additional office hour on the 18 from 5:30pm til 7pm, by
appointment only. Jackman Humanities building could be locked so the prof
could come get you or call her at her office hour when you arrive. Her phone
number is provided on the blackboard email.
- Email her about any type of questions.
- Discussion questions resume 2 weeks from today.
- We will discuss your mid-year test when you come back.
The Faerie Queen
- Suspenseful writing
- Canto 11: after various problems and errors, we arrive after the recovery at
the castle, where Una’s parents have been imprisoned.
- Mythology (p16, Canto 11)
- We have a moment where the narrator pauses. It talks about epic as genre. It
often begins with narrator with summoning the god and asking for
inspiration and help him to raise him/her to elevate to epic poem and do
justice to epic subject matter.
- We also have it here where the poet pauses to prepare himself and us for this
battle that is to come.
- The middle of stanza 5 carrying through 6 and 7, in lines 42 to 63 Page 2
o We are getting the calling of the muses to prepare Spenser the poet to
blaze the man of god in his godly arms. This can also be portrayed as
him not only previewing what is to come but also to greater battle
that we are heading to as a fairy tale as a whole. Something important
is to come and preparing the rest of the books to come while
preparing himself and us.
- Extended battle between the red cross knight and the dragon follows. It is
something that is common in the medieval romance. We also have what is
more extensive between the good and evil. Even the structure of their fight
reminds us of saint and Satan.
o Stanza 29-30: red cross knight emerges and new born-again Christian
is revived from what seems like death.
o He falls for the second time at the end of stanza 45, where he recovers
thanks to the Tree of Life (its theme comes from Genesis – Tree of
o We expect him to fight more dramatically after he gets up the second
o Dragon dies pretty easily. The red cross knight becomes the Christian
that he tried to be all along. Then the quest is complete.
- This is the ending that the book has been leading us all along. It seems like a
good place for a conclusion, but it goes until 12th book.
- We get a shift in the language and the imagery that we were associate with
the first 11 cantos.
- When messenger arrives with a letter claiming that the red cross knight
cannot marry, the knight explains his situation to her parents. We can get
over this potential disruption.
- There is a deferral to a happy ending, partly pragmatic. It ends with one book
but is meant to go on for longer.
- In Stanza 11 of the book, the kid goes too close to the dragon and plays with
the talent. The dragon himself is measured in acres (agricultural unit) rather
than more elaborate unit. We have n exaggerated and epic terms here.
- Towards marriage, there is more domestic comedy rather than epic stories.
There is nervousness of meeting the parents. The letter itself can be rendered
into more domestic complex.
- She appears in a human jealous individual, rather than the magical being who
is capable of such terrible things. Even though she doesn’t really have what
she wants in this letter she continues to be domesticated.
- Theological significance – as the fulfillment and rewards is postponed til next
life, Una and red cross knight have to wait for their full reward.
- Towards the very end, it leaves us with extended metaphor as the readers
who have come to where the passengers have to get off the boat with
temporary stops along the way.
- We have this movement forward and get a temporary conclusion. It is
important to think of this stanza and imagery. Page 3
- In The Tempest, we start with different scheme. It has little to do with god,
but instead with the creation of Prospero himself to bring his brother and his
enemies and sons to the island where he has been exiled.
- It seems that to many critics, Shakespeare continues to collab