520 Class 2
TOPOGRAPHY AND MYTHOGRAPHY
- Use terms urbs, civitas, and res publica to describe which aspect(s) of London the readings represent.
- Consider whether texts are communocentric or chorographic.
- Gain a sense of the topography of the Thames Valley, the path of the river, and the contours of the two hills within the city.
- Begin noticing (in Stow particularly) the tension between what was and what is.
- Become aware of a few crucial myths about London: London as New Troy; London as a New Jerusalem (e.g., Eirenopolis). Note how the myths combine.
- Notice how topography and mythography coincide.
- Begin reflecting on the extent to which water determines both the shape of the city and the practice of everyday life for Londoners.
Holinshed. Read section beginning
Brute discouereth the commodities of this Ilandfrom Book 2 (.doc file).
Stow. Section entitled
Of Auncient and present Riuers, Brookes, Boorns, Wels, and Conduits of freshwater.Read the transcription of this section on British History Online.
- Drayton, selections from Poly-Olbion (.pdf). 1613. The Works of Michael Drayton. Ed. J. William Hebel, Kathleen Tillotson, and Bernard H. Newdigate. Rev. ed. 5 vols. Oxford: Shakespeare Head Press, 1961. Vol. 4. Read the frontispiece, pp. 321-22, the map preceding Song xvii, and pp. 329-40.
Resources: Interactive online exhibition of the topography of the Thames Valley, curated by the Museum of London.
Other References: Archer, Jenner, Scherb. I will draw upon these sources in my prolegomena and commentary. I list them here so that you have full bibliographic information should you wish to use the source in your assignments.
Sources Mentioned in Class: Helgerson.
John Stow’s Survey of London: The Nostalgia of John Stow.The Theatrical City: Culture, Theatre, and Politics in London, 1576–1649. Ed. David L. Smith, Richard Strier, and David Bevington. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1995. 17–34.
- Drayton, Michael. Poly-Olbion. or A chorographicall description of tracts, riuers, mountaines, forests, and other parts of this renowned isle of Great Britaine with intermixture of the most remarquable stories, antiquities, wonders, rarityes, pleasures, and commodities of the same: digested in a poem by Michael Drayton, Esq. With a table added, for direction to those occurrences of story and antiquitie, whereunto the course of the volume easily leades not. London, 1613. EEBO. Reprint. Subscription. STC 7727
The Land Speaks: Cartography, Chorography, and Subversion in Renaissance England.Representations. 16. (1986): 50–85. JSTOR. Reprint. Subscription.
- Holinshed, Raphael, William Harrison, and others. The first and second volumes of Chronicles comprising 1 The description and historie of England, 2 The description and historie of Ireland, 3 The description and historie of Scotland: first collected and published by Raphaell Holinshed, William Harrison, and others: now newlie augmented and continued (with manifold matters of singular note and worthie memorie) to the yeare 1586. by Iohn Hooker aliàs Vowell Gent and others. With conuenient tables at the end of these volumes. London, 1587. EEBO. Reprint. Subscription. STC 13569.
Jenner, Mark S.R.
From Conduit Community to Commercial Network? Water in London, 1500–1725.Londinopolis: Essays in the Cultural and Social History of Early Modern London. Ed. Paul Griffiths and Mark S.R. Jenner. Manchester: Manchester UP, 2000. 250–72.
Scherb, Victor I.
Assimilating Giants: The Appropriation of Gog and Magog in Medieval and Early Modern England.Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies 32.1 (2002): 59–84.
- Stow, John. A Survey of London. Reprinted from the Text of 1603. Ed. Charles Lethbridge Kingsford. 2 vols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1908. [Also available as a reprint from Elibron Classics (2001). Articles written before 2011 cite from the print edition by volume and page number.]
Ward, Joseph P.
The Taming of the Thames: Reading the River in the Seventeenth Century.Huntington Library Quarterly 71.1 (2008): 55–77.
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