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Chris Warley

What is literary history again? 1. Formalism a history of forms and appreciation of them • Academia part of your textbook • Donne, Paradise Lost, Moll Flanders everything is in particular order • Appreciating acknowledge that they are useful to you • Juxtaposition of high and low • The double plot* which is the more important one • Moll Flanders formal realism actual person talking to you? Form of imagination? • *I see what is going on* 2. Literature in and subservient to history • Norton is useful…the introductions give briefing on history, orienting you and giving you a sense of what is going on • Intellectual history the history of ideas o How do vernacular languages appear? o What is the reformation?  ARGUMENT ABOUT IDEAS  What is God, the word of God? • The enlightenment? What is the enlightenment? o Series of arguments about ideas that people have • Absolutism history of England kings get more powerful and take over more territory o INTELLECTUAL COMPONENT • Nationalism british? English? Course about language or nationalism? Scotland and Ireland? • Areopagitica history of ideas, what is freedom? • You need to know about the English revolution, civil wars, Charles the first is killed in 1649 • History of Europe marie de france England has its own history, but it also part of European history and if you isolate it you are missing a bunch of stuff • All of the things that are happening in literature are happening on the continent th • Part of Europe* fall of the roman empire in the 5 century birth of the catholic church as a pan European church that makes Europe Europe • Its not until you get the church uniting people of different languages under religious understanding • England, britian, UK, Americas is part of that*simply a fact 3. Literature as history, literature as a way of thinking about history • Moment when the Norton as a textbook shows limitations • Moll Flanders in the slave trade* very much part of the slave trade, but not in a simple way o Implicated in difficult ways • Henry the 4 has something to do with absolutism* o Thoughtful, calculating, back and forth between what you think about henry you are doing literature AS history • Areopagitica in the public sphere even though it appears before much of the coffee houses are built is connected to them somewhat o Questions of public debate, democracy, what does and does not count as reason 4. Philology literature as language, as “letters” • Love of words • Tracing the history of words • History built right into them • The word literature doesn’t mean fictiothuntil after our course ends, doesn’t entirely mean poems, novel, etc. until about 18 century • Literature as WRITING, comes from the root word letters • Just recognizing that there is not even a word for the thing we are supposed to be studying • Nothing called literature? Called writing of various forms STUDYING WRITING LITERARY HISTORY= the stakes of the question, what is literary history? He political, social, gender stakes* …to learn the history of ways we make provisional decisions about what counts as right and wrong, true and not true; and to show that claims to knowledge and ethics are, not absolute, but ar
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