Epic conventions : from Gondibert to Paradise lost

Zámbóné Kocic, Larisa: Epic conventions : from Gondibert to Paradise lost. (2018) [Online educational package (e-learning lesson/topic)]

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Epic conventions : from Gondibert to Paradise lost

Abstract

This lesson will introduce the main features of the mid-seventeenth century English literary criticism (Restoration), and the emergence of neo-classical tradition relying on Aristotle, Horace, Cicero and Quintilian (and their appropriation by continental critics). It will focus on the function of the critic as that of deducing (and improving) “rules” of composition from the works of distinguished ancients to be followed by contemporary writers and used as grounds of judgement for discernible readers/critics. As these rules were prescribing the appropriate conventions of literary (mostly poetic) genres, the lessons will focus on these genres, the present one elaborating the epic. Topics will include: • the rise of classicism; the methods of Restoration critics: analytical (Aristotelian) and rhetorical (Horace); the application of the antique oratorical aspects of creation to composition of poetry; admiration of simplicity and propriety (decorum); • the main genres deduced from the classics and their hierarchical structuring; • the centrality of the epic in contemporary literary debates on heroic poem (Davenant, Hobbes, Cowley); the quarrel of the Ancients and Moderns • epic conventions • John Milton (1608-1674) and the emerging idea of Paradise Lost (1667).

English abstract

This lesson will introduce the main features of the mid-seventeenth century English literary criticism (Restoration), and the emergence of neo-classical tradition relying on Aristotle, Horace, Cicero and Quintilian (and their appropriation by continental critics). It will focus on the function of the critic as that of deducing (and improving) “rules” of composition from the works of distinguished ancients to be followed by contemporary writers and used as grounds of judgement for discernible readers/critics. As these rules were prescribing the appropriate conventions of literary (mostly poetic) genres, the lessons will focus on these genres, the present one elaborating the epic. Topics will include: • the rise of classicism; the methods of Restoration critics: analytical (Aristotelian) and rhetorical (Horace); the application of the antique oratorical aspects of creation to composition of poetry; admiration of simplicity and propriety (decorum); • the main genres deduced from the classics and their hierarchical structuring; • the centrality of the epic in contemporary literary debates on heroic poem (Davenant, Hobbes, Cowley); the quarrel of the Ancients and Moderns • epic conventions • John Milton (1608-1674) and the emerging idea of Paradise Lost (1667).

Item Type: Online educational package (e-learning lesson/topic)
English title: Epic conventions : from Gondibert to Paradise lost
Date: 2018
Language: English
Pedagogic Type: practice task, note, book, image
Organization level: önálló téma, tanóra
Completion Time: 1 hét
Difficulty level: 3
End user role:
Training typeEducational type
BSc/BAUNSPECIFIED
Official URL: http://ieas-szeged.hu/sociablespirit/
Related URLs: https://goo.gl/forms/p1ankdGIuvkYhUFw1
Projects: EFOP-3.4.3-16-2016-00014
Subproject: AP6
Subtopic: AP6_BTK_2
Department: Angol Tanszék, Angol-Amerikai Intézet
Faculty: Faculty of Arts
Term: 2018/19/2
Course code: ANGBA3
Additional Information: Bibliogr.: 10. p. ; ill.
Uncontrolled Keywords: angol irodalom története, angol költészet, John Milton, John Dryden, William Davenant, Samuel Butler
Uncontrolled English Keywords: restoration, literary criticism, epic, John Dryden, John Milton, William Davenant, Samuel Butler, the quarrel of the ancients and moderns
Subjects: 06. Humanities
06. Humanities > 06.02. Languages and Literature
06. Humanities > 06.02. Languages and Literature > 06.02.03. General literature studies
06. Humanities > 06.02. Languages and Literature > 06.02.03. General literature studies > 06.02.03.01. History of literature
06. Humanities > 06.02. Languages and Literature > 06.02.03. General literature studies > 06.02.03.02. Literary theory and comparative literature, literary styles
06. Humanities > 06.02. Languages and Literature > 06.02.05. Specific literatures
Date Deposited: 2018. Nov. 05. 09:16
Last Modified: 2018. Nov. 05. 09:16
URI: https://eta.bibl.u-szeged.hu/id/eprint/569

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