Rose

PART TWO: GUILLAUME DE LORRIS & JEAN DE MEUN,
ROMANCE OF THE ROSE

roman de la rose harley 4425 castle

Jealousy’s castle: Le Roman de la Rose, British Library, ms. Harley 4425, fol. 39

WEEKS 2-4

Week 2: 09-13 January

Friday 13/01:
READING FOR TODAY: Romance of the Rose p. 3-61 (Guillaume de Lorris)
BLOG WRITING FOR TODAY: week 2 post
→→→ discussion
I am leaving you to your own devices with this first section of the Rose, to see how you deal with the text from first principles. There will be more on the Rose in lectures next week…

Week 3: 16-20 January

Monday 16/01:
READING FOR TODAY: Romance of the Rose (2): Friend:
• p. 111-153
→→→ lecture: the basic plot and (non-linear) structure; a practical how-to manual/encyclopedic reference-work on intrigue
Wednesday 18/01:
READING FOR TODAY: Romance of the Rose (3): the Old Woman:
• 191-128 (up to l. 14723)
→→→ lecture: close reading
Friday 20/01:
READING FOR TODAY: Romance of the Rose (4): putting advice into practice:
• 228 (from 14723) – 234 (up to 15105)
• 319-335
BLOG WRITING FOR TODAY: week 3 post
→→→ discussion

Week 4: 23-27 January

Monday 23/01:
READING FOR TODAY: Romance of the Rose (5): Fortune:
• 74 (from 4807) – 82 (up to 5341)
• 91 (top of page: “Moreover, it is clear that you are making Fortune into a goddess…”) – 105 (up to 6845)
→→→ lecture: allegory, abstraction, human nature, and the way the world works/the nature of the universe
Wednesday 25/01:
READING FOR TODAY: Romance of the Rose (6): False Seeming’s Apocalypse and Genius’s Heaven
• 168 (from 10922) – 185 (up to 11980)
• 306 (from 19835) – 318
→→→ lecture: close reading
Friday 27/01:
READING FOR TODAY: Romance of the Rose (7): back to Love
• 158 (from 10255) – 168 (up to 10922)
• 185 (11980) – 190
• 244 (from 15796) – 245
BLOG WRITING FOR TODAY: week 4 post (appearing on Friday the 20th)
→→→ short quiz: identify characters and plot from manuscript images
→→→ discussion

EXTRA MATERIALS
❊ The Roman de la Rose Digital Library (Johns Hopkins U & Bibliothèque Nationale de France). We will be referring to this site in class throughout the Rose part of this course.
– introduction / overview of the Rose
– narrative sections (nearly a plot summary) with each segment linking to the available manuscript scans
– alternative routes to synopsis by illustration; see also character names
– the project’s Official Blog

❊ A reader’s guide / map / plot summary (Per Nykrog):
O’Brien English translation in progress, original French version available on request (electronic file of scan)

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