This first part of the year-long seminar is pre-requisite for the second part, offered in the spring semester: "Romance and its Remediation II”. The seminar will address the changing nature of the romance as a literary genre that spans the long historical period from the medieval to the contemporary.

Texts that we will study include: "Havelok the Dane”; "Sir Orfeo”; "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight”; Malory's "Morte D'Arthur”; Edmund Spenser, "The Faerie Queene,” Book III, Canto 1; John Keats, "La Belle Dame sans Merci”; Robert Browning, "Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came”; Alfred, Lord Tennyson, "Ulysses” or one book of "Idylls of the King”; J.R.R Tolkien, "The Fellowship of the Ring”; John Gardner, "Grendel”. The kinds of topics we will discuss include: romance as narrative, romance and quest, allegory and romance, storyworlds in romance (the relations between discourse time and story time, the functions of narrative space and diegetic place), characterization and gender, romance and historical vision and the poetics of nostalgia.