The Countess of Pembroke's Arcadia (The Old Arcadia)

Author: Philip Sidney,Katherine Duncan-Jones

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780192839565

Category: Poetry

Page: 399

View: 3662

Sidney was in his early twenties when he wrote his 'Old' Arcadia for the amusement of his younger sister, the Countess of Pembroke. A romantic story in the manner of Shakespeare's early comedies, the 'Old' Arcadia also includes over 70 poems in a variety of meters and genres. This edition contains a Glossary and an Index of First Lines.

The Countesse of Pembrokes Arcadia and the Invention of English Literature

Author: J. Davis

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230339700

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 251

View: 895

Revises the semiotic paradigm of the early modern 'literary system' dominant since 1983 by adapting methods entailed in the idea that literary works emerge through a series of semiotic events. Davis analyzes Philip Sidney's Arcadia and Astrophil and Stella to demonstrate how design elements stage the scene of reading these works.

An Anthology of Elizabethan Prose Fiction

Author: Paul Salzman

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780192839015

Category: Fiction

Page: 417

View: 8449

Five novels include a commedy of manners, an historical fantasy, a love story, a tragic romance, and a businessman's rise to success

Sir Philip Sidney

The Major Works

Author: Philip Sidney

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 9780199538416

Category: Poetry

Page: 448

View: 5382

This authoritative edition was formerly published in the acclaimed Oxford Authors series under the general editorship of Frank Kermode. It brings together a unique combination of Sidney's poetry and prose, including The Defence of Poesy, substantial parts of both versions of the Arcadia, and the whole of the sonnet sequence Astrophil and Stella.

The Protean Ass

The Metamorphoses of Apuleius from Antiquity to the Renaissance

Author: Robert H. F. Carver

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199217866

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 545

View: 6674

A full account of the reception of the second-century prose fiction The Golden Ass (or Metamorphoses) of Apuleius, which has intrigued readers as diverse as St Augustine, Petrarch, Boccaccio, Sidney, Spenser, Shakespeare, and Milton. Robert H. F. Carver traces readers' responses to the novel from the third to the seventeenth centuries.

Elizabethan Literature and the Law of Fraudulent Conveyance

Sidney, Spenser, and Shakespeare

Author: Charles Ross

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351940848

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 168

View: 9049

This book investigates the origins, impact, and outcome of the Elizabethan obsession with fraudulent conveyancing, the part of debtor-creditor law that determines when a court can void a transfer of assets. Focusing on the years between the passage of a key statute in 1571 and the court case that clarified the statute in 1601, Charles Ross convincingly argues that what might seem a minor matter in the law was in fact part of a wide-spread cultural practice. The legal and literary responses to fraudulent conveyancing expose ethical, practical, and jurisprudential contradictions in sixteenth-century English, as well as modern, society. At least in English Common Law, debt was more pervasive than sex. Ross brings to this discussion a dazzling knowledge of early modern legal practice that takes the conversation out of the universities and Inns of Court and brings it into the early modern courtroom, the site where it had most relevance to Renaissance poets and playwrights. Ross here examines how during the thirty years in which the law developed, Sidney, Spenser, and Shakespeare wrote works that reflect the moral ambiguity of fraudulent conveyancing, which was practiced by unscrupulous debtors but also by those unfairly oppressed by power. The book starts by showing that the language and plot of Shakespeare's Merry Wives of Windsor continually refers to this cultural practice that English society came to grips with during the period 1571-1601. The second chapter looks at the social, political, and economic climate in which Parliament in 1571 passed 13 Eliz. 5, and argues that the law, which may have been used to oppress Catholics, was probably passed to promote business. The Sidney chapter shows that Henry Sidney, as governor of Ireland (a site of religious oppression), and his son Philip were, surprisingly, on the side of the fraudulent conveyors, both in practice and imaginatively (Sidney's Arcadia is the first of several works to associate fraudulent conveyancing with the abduction of women). The fourth chapter shows that Edmund Spenser, who as an official in Ireland rails against fraudulent conveyors, nonetheless includes a balanced assessment of several forms of the practice in The Faerie Queene. Chapter five shows how Sir Edward Coke's use of narrative in Twyne's Case (1601) helped settle the issue of intentionality left open by the parliamentary statute. The final chapter reveals how the penalty clause of the Elizabethan law accounts for the punishment Portia imposes on Shylock at the end of The Merchant of Venice. The real strength of the book lies in Ross's provocative readings of individual cases, which will be of great use to literary critics wrestling with the applications of legal theory to the interpretation of individual texts. This study connects a major development in the law to the literature of the period, one that makes a contribution not only to the law but also to literary studies and political and social history.

Sidney's 'The Defence of Poesy' and Selected Renaissance Literary Criticism

Author: Gavin Alexander

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141936959

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 544

View: 8980

Controversy raged through England during the 1570-80s as Puritans denounced all manner of games & pastimes as a danger to public morals. Writers quickly turrned their attention to their own art and the first & most influential response came with Philip Sidney's Defense. Here he set out to answer contemporary critics &, with reference to Classical models of criticism, formulated a manifesto for English literature. Also includes George Puttenham's Art of English Poesy, Samuel Daniel's Defence of Rhyme, & passages by writers such as Ben Jonson, Francis Bacon & George Gascoigne.


A novel

Author: Iain Pears

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 1101946830

Category: Fiction

Page: 528

View: 8136

From the author of the international best seller An Instance of the Fingerpost, Arcadia is an astonishing work of imagination. In Cold War England, Professor Henry Lytten, having renounced a career in espionage, is writing a fantasy novel that dares to imagine a world less fraught than his own. He finds an unlikely confidante in Rosie, an inquisitive young neighbor who, while chasing after Lytten's cat one day, stumbles through a doorway in his cellar and into a stunning and unfamiliar bucolic landscape—remarkably like the fantasy world Lytten is writing about. There she meets a young boy named Jay who is about to embark on a journey that will change both their lives. Elsewhere, in a distopian society where progress is controlled by a corrupt ruling elite, the brilliant scientist Angela Meerson has discovered the potential of a powerful new machine. When the authorities come knocking, she will make an important decision—one that will reverberate through all these different lives and worlds.

Bodies and Selves in Early Modern England

Physiology and Inwardness in Spenser, Shakespeare, Herbert, and Milton

Author: Michael C. Schoenfeldt

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521669023

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 203

View: 2158

Explores the close relationship between inner psychology and bodily processes as represented in English Renaissance poetry.

This England

Essays on the English nation and Commonwealth in the sixteenth century

Author: Patrick Collinson

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 1847797911

Category: History

Page: 384

View: 4112

This England is a celebration of 'Englishness' in the sixteenth century, and examines the growing conviction of 'Englishness' through the rapidly developing English language; the reinforcement of cultural nationalism as a result of the Protestant Reformation; the national and international situation of England at a time of acute national catastrophe; and of Queen Elizabeth I, the last of her line, who remained unmarried throughout her reign, refusing to even discuss the succession to her throne. In a series of essays, Collinson explores the conviction among leading Elizabethans that they were citizens and subjects, also responsible for the safety of their commonwealth. The tensions between this conviction, born from a childhood spent in the Renaissance classics and in the subjection to the Old Testament of the English Bible, to the dynastic claims of the Tudor monarchy, are all explored at length. Studies of a number of writers who fixed the image of sixteenth-century England for some time to come - Foxe, Camden, and other pioneers of the discovery of England - are included in this extensive study. This volume is a timely response to a demand for a history which is no less social than political, and investigates what it meant to be a citizen of England living through the 1570s and 1580s.

Sir Philip Sidney

An Anthology of Modern Criticism

Author: Dennis Kay

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 327

View: 2834

This volume is designed to guide students of Sidney through the labyrinth of Sidney scholarship now available. Within the framework of a detailed bibliography and an account of Sidney's fluctuating reputation, it presents some of the more representative and stimulating studies of recent years. The essays have been selected both for their individual qualities and because, taken together, they cover a wide range of Sidney's art, and illustrate a variety of approaches to it. The essays should, like the texts they study, stimulate in their readers debate, argument, and real engagement with Sidney's masterpieces.

The Faerie Queene

Disposed Into Twelve Bookes Fashioning XII Morall Vertues

Author: Edmund Spenser

Publisher: N.A



Page: 820

View: 8097


Tottel's Miscellany

Songs and Sonnets of Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey, Sir Thomas Wyatt and Others

Author: Amanda Holton

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 014193378X

Category: Poetry

Page: 592

View: 9830

Songs and Sonnets (1557), the first printed anthology of English poetry, was immensely influential in Tudor England, and inspired major Elizabethan writers including Shakespeare. Collected by pioneering publisher Richard Tottel, it brought poems of the aristocracy - verses of friendship, war, politics, death and above all of love - into wide common readership for the first time. The major poets of Henry VIII's court, Sir Thomas Wyatt and Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey, were first printed in the volume. Wyatt's intimate poem about lost love which begins 'They flee from me, that sometime did me seke', and Surrey's passionate sonnet 'Complaint of a lover rebuked' are joined in the miscellany by a large collection of diverse, intriguingly anonymous poems both moral and erotic, intimate and universal.

The Yale Edition of the Shorter Poems of Edmund Spenser

Author: Edmund Spenser,William A. Oram

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 9780300042450

Category: Poetry

Page: 830

View: 4983

This is a comprehensive edition of Spenser’s shorter poems since the 'Variorum Minor Poems' published in the 1940s. In the interval our understanding of Renaissance culture of Spenser’s work has changed greatly. The new 'Shorter Poems' has a double purpose - to provide a modern edition responding to the changes in our knowledge of Spenser over the past four decades and to create a text that can be used in graduate and undergraduate courses.

Renaissance Drama by Women: Texts and Documents

Author: S.P. Cerasano,Marion Wynne-Davies

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134962045

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 256

View: 4601

Renaissance Drama By Women is a unique volume of plays and documents. For the first time, it demonstrates the wide range of theatrical activity in which women were involved during the Renaissance period. It includes full-length plays, a translated fragment by Queen Elizabeth I, a masque, and a substantial number of historical documents. With full and up-to-date accompanying critical material, this collection of texts is an exciting and invaluable resource for use in both the classroom and research. Special features introduced by the editors include: * introductory material to each play * modernized spellings * extensive notes and annotations * biographical essays on each playwright * a complete bibliography Methodically and authoritatively edited by S.P. Cerasano and Marion Wynne-Davies, Renaissance Drama by Women is a true breakthrough for the study of women's literature and performance.

The White Devil

The Duchess of Malfi ; The Devil's Law-case ; A Cure for a Cuckold

Author: John Webster,René Weis

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780192834539

Category: Drama

Page: 438

View: 4192

This volume offers John Webster's two great Jacobean tragedies, The White Devil and The Duchess of Malfi, together with his brilliant tragicomedy, The Devil's Law-Case, and the comedy written with William Rowley, A Cure for a Cuckold. Webster is a radically and creatively experimental dramatist. His tragedies deploy shifting dramatic perspectives which counteract and challenge conventional moral judgements, while the predominantly gentler tone of his comedies and tragicomedies responds inventively to contemporary changes in dramatic taste and fashion. All four plays display the provocative intelligence of a profoundly original playwright. Under the General Editorship of Michael Cordner of the University of York, the texts of the plays have been newly edited and are presented with modernized spelling and punctuation. In addition, there is detailed annotation, a glossary, and a critical introduction which traces Webster's artistic development, defends him against charges of overindulgence in violence, and explores his sophisticated staging and scenic forms.

An Apology For Poetry (Or The Defence Of Poesy)

Revised and Expanded Second Edition

Author: Philip Sidney,Geoffrey Shepherd,R.W. Maslen

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 9780719053764

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 266

View: 3782

An Apology for Poetry (or The Defence of Poesy), by the celebrated soldier-poet Sir Philip Sidney, is the most important work of literary theory published in the Renaissance. Its wit and inventiveness place it among the first great literary productions of the age of Shakespeare. Since 1965 Geoffrey Shepherd's edition of the Apology has been the standard, and this revision of Shepherd's edition, with a new introduction and extensive notes, is designed to introduce Sidney's best-known work to a new generation of readers at the beginning of thetwenty-first century.Unfamiliar words and phrases are glossed, classical and other references explained, and difficult passages analysed in detail. This greatly expanded edition will be of value to all those interested in the Renaissance, from students and teachers at school and university to the inquisitive general reader.

Selected Poems

Author: Sir Philip Sidney,Catherine Bates

Publisher: Penguin Classics

ISBN: 9780140423785

Category: Poetry

Page: 219

View: 3190


Nation and Novel

The English Novel from Its Origins to the Present Day

Author: Patrick Parrinder

Publisher: Oxford University Press


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 502

View: 1737

Patrick Parrinder's new history of the English novel from its beginnings to the present day traces the form's distinctive and often subversive reflection of national identity across the centuries. From the early stories of rogues and criminals to present-day novels of immigration, fiction has played a major part in defining our ideas of England and Englishness. Nation and Novel provides both a comprehensive survey and also a new interpretation of the importance of theEnglish novel.