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

Author: Philip Sidney

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780192839565

Category: Poetry

Page: 399

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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.
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The Countesse of Pembrokes Arcadia and the Invention of English Literature

Author: J. Davis

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230339700

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 251

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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.
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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

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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.
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Elizabethan Literature and the Law of Fraudulent Conveyance

Sidney, Spenser, and Shakespeare

Author: Charles Ross

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351940848

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 168

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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.
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An Apology For Poetry (Or The Defence Of Poesy)

Revised and Expanded Second Edition

Author: Philip Sidney,R.W. Maslen

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 9780719053764

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 266

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Sidney probably wrote the piece shortly after Edmund Spensor's The Shepheardes Calender was printed in December 1579. Shepherd characterizes it as both a celebration of the limitless capacity of poetry as it might be, and a diagnosis of its lamentable condition in Sidney's time. Delving into central concern of late 17th-century European politics, he says, it is also a controversial political document, an intervention in international affairs, and a more or less covert critique of the government of the day for its foreign and domestic policies. He also edited the 1965 edition, published by Thomas Nelson and Sons, and the 1973 edition. R. W. Maslen revised and expanded the third edition. Distributed in the US by Palgrave. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR.
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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

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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.
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Sir Philip Sidney

An Anthology of Modern Criticism

Author: Dennis Kay

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: N.A

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 327

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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.
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Nation and Novel

The English Novel from Its Origins to the Present Day

Author: Patrick Parrinder

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: N.A

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 502

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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.
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From Byzantium to Modern Greece

Medieval Texts and Their Modern Reception

Author: Roderick Beaton

Publisher: Variorum

ISBN: 9780754659693

Category: History

Page: 304

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The twelfth century was a time of cultural renewal and innovation in Byzantium: the long disused genres of epic, satire and the novel (or 'romance') took new forms during that century; at the same time, in language, the vernacular made its first tentative literary appearances. These developments continued uninterruptedly through the late Byzantine and early modern periods. The papers collected in this book explore the relation between literary texts and collective consciousness, scrutinizing the evidence of the texts themselves in their late- or post-Byzantine context, and assessing how their reception both influenced and was influenced by the processes of nation-building in Modern Greece.
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Kampos

Cambridge Papers in Modern Greek

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Greek philology, Modern

Page: N.A

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