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230419 The Death of a Genre: Will Romance Have a Happily Ever After? (S) (SoSe 2020)

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At its core, romance is a literary genre that recounts, in a manner only loosely related to realism, legendary feats of heroism undertaken by the feudal aristocracy, including the general themes of identity-formation, romantic love, purification-by-ordeal, and salvation (a.k.a . ‘living happily ever after’). Romance was born and developed in the later 12th century in France and spread to other parts of Europe including Angevin England and … 600 years later … popular bookshops and lending libraries and … 800 years later … airport bookshops and the world’s cinemas and tv screens.
How much (or little) have the fantasies, the gender stereotypes, the power relations channelled in romance changed since it was first invented? How do the masterplots and archetypes of myth and folk tale survive in films like Love, Actually or teenie blockbusters like Twilight? To what extent are the fantasies of romance culture-specific? And how do we deal with the cognitive dissonance between the ‘medieval’ (or worse, Victorian) ideologies peddled in popular romance and our own enlightened(?), emancipated(?) concepts of identity and gender? Or have we actually fallen out of love with the Happily Ever After?

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Texts we will definitely look at (so get cracking!) include:

Shakespeare's Cymbeline (ca. 1611), in an edited annotated edition, e,g, Cambridge UP, Oxford UP, Arden.
Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice (1813)
extracts from Elizabeth Gaskell, North and South (1854ff)
Love Actually, written and dir. by Richard Curtis (2003)
Jennifer Crusie, Bet Me (2004)

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wöchentlich Mi 12-14 D2-136 06.04.2020-17.07.2020

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