March 6th 2013
Page 78: Which is the merchant here and which the Jew? Why would someone even
rhetorically imply that they cannot distinguish between the Jew and the Christian? There
is a blurring between two oppositions. In the world of drama, it would be
February 25th, 2013 (Christopher Marlowe, The Jew of Malta)
Metonymy: using one term to substitute another and its usually based on proximity,
contiguity, or contingency and not because the terms are similar.
Metaphor: using one term for another based on
January 24th, 2013 (Sir Philip Sidney, The Defense of Poesy)
Astrophil and Stella: Astrophil comes from aster, which means star, and Phil means lover
and Stella means star. So literally, Astrophil means star lover and Stella means star.
February 21st, 2013 (Christopher Marlowe, The Jew of Malta)
Generic/clich, stock characters are things we devalue because we value originality and
individualism. Instead, people in this period loved clichs and valued imitations.
Characters is Renaissance
February 14th, 2013 (Christopher Marlowe, The Passionate Shepherd, Sir Walter Raleigh, The
No notes for this class so refer to the poems themselves for study material.
(Selected Short Essays on the Renaissance Theatre)
The Age Key Dates:
February 4th, 2013 (Sir Philip Sidney, The Defense of Poesy)
Romance is a type of genre/story that contains chivalric stories (people in this
period heavily debated over romance and epic). Many people saw epic as better
since it was focused on some kind
February 7th, 2013 (Sir Philip Sidney, Selected Psalms and Letters)
Sidney began translating the Old Testaments Psalms (43 of 153) and the Countess of
Pembroke, his sister, after Sidneys death, finished the remainder of the translations.
January 28th, 2013 (Sir Philip Sidney, Astrophil and Stella)
Refer to Queen Elizabeth Is family tree in notebook.
Sir Philip Sidney was born into a really prestigious family (at least from his mothers
side). Sidneys father wasnt particularly wealthy. Si
January 31st, 2013 (Sir Philip Sidney, The Defense of Poesy)
Why would a gentleman during the time of the Renaissance write a defense of poetry>
Society typically finds English and poetry as being useless; not only was it useless, but it
was poison. Accor
April 11th, 2013 (Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene Cantos 7-9)
Guyons major temptation that he faces alone is when he is with Mammon underground.
He defeats his temptation, but he faints and almost dies! Guyon receives divine
intervention after he faint
(Thomas Nashe, The Unfortunate Traveller)
Thomas More and Erasmus: During16th century, they were very famous for the concept of
Humanism in the Renaissance. Nashe doesnt even spend a paragraph on them. Jack
Wilton tossing and turning of high and low.
The concept of liminality (Victor Turner); liminal means threshold and caught betwixt
and between. This called for a complete suspension of social structure, hierarchy, and
opposition in liminal states. But in the end, there is always a restoration to so
Elizabeth I, Speech to the Troops at Tilbury, The Golden Speech
Queen Elizabeth I: An Introduction
The Kings (Queens) Two Bodies: The king or ruler has in him two bodies: (1) Natural
(physical) body that is mortal, and (2) Political (spiritual) body that
Shakespeares Contemporaries Final Study Guide
March 4th, 2013 (Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice)
The Merchant of Venice is a comedy, which means the main plot is a marriage plot and
there is always a happy ending. Still, this play is serious and discus
March 18th, 2013 (Sir Walter Raleigh, The Discovery of Guiana)
Page 5: Raleigh uses a lot of flowery language and he addresses his purpose to the
Queen. The is a lot of talk about honour and riches. I will therefore leave it to His
ordinance that hath on
April 4th, 2013 (Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene Cantos 1-3)
Familiar aspects of The Faerie Queene include a lot of duplicity and disguise, as well as
meta-theatre. Unfamiliar aspects are allegory that clearly spells out character motivations.