The Challenges of Orpheus: Lyric Poetry and Early Modern England [NOOK Book]

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Outstanding Academic Title, Choice magazine

This book confronts widespread assumptions about lyric as a literary mode, exploring such topics as its relationship to its audiences, the impact of material conditions of production and other cultural pressures, lyric's negotiations of gender, and the interactions and tensions between lyric and narrative.

Offering fresh perspectives on major texts of the period—from Wyatt's "My lute awake" to ...

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The Challenges of Orpheus: Lyric Poetry and Early Modern England

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Overview

Outstanding Academic Title, Choice magazine

This book confronts widespread assumptions about lyric as a literary mode, exploring such topics as its relationship to its audiences, the impact of material conditions of production and other cultural pressures, lyric's negotiations of gender, and the interactions and tensions between lyric and narrative.

Offering fresh perspectives on major texts of the period—from Wyatt's "My lute awake" to Milton's Nativity Ode—as well as poems by lesser-known figures, Heather Dubrow extends her critical conclusions to poetry in other historical periods and to the relationship between creative writers and critics, recommending new directions for the study of lyric and genre. Broad in scope, The Challenges of Orpheus will interest students and scholars across a range of historical fields.

"Thorough, penetrating, and on the cutting edge of contemporary scholarship. Essential."— Choice

"A useful and detailed study. Dubrow is especially good at analysing the relationship between gender and genre."— Times Literary Supplement

"Dubrow accomplishes much in this pioneering study."— Studies in English Literature

"Her study exemplifies an ideal of informed and judicious close reading that one can only hope will prove as infectious as its author wishes it to be."— Modern Language Review

"Represents both a wide-ranging exploration of lyric poetry in the early modern period and a plea for scholars to emphasize multivalent ideas and inclusive taxonomies over hierarchical and sharply argumentative approaches."— Year's Work in English Studies

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Editorial Reviews

Seventeenth-Century News
Includes some of her most important thinking to date about issues that are central to the study of lyric poetry in any period.
Sixteenth-Century Journal
A study that is itself both challenging and gentle—in all the very best senses of that word.

— Christopher Martin

Sixteenth Century Journal - Christopher Martin

A study that is itself both challenging and gentle—in all the very best senses of that word.

Modern Language Review - Elizabeth Heale
Her study exemplifies an ideal of informed and judicious close reading that one can only hope will prove as infectious as its author wishes it to be.
Huntington Library Quarterly
Her refinement of generic oppositions... leads to some striking juxtapositions as well as—to my thinking at least—an exceptionally interesting discussion of the status and function of song in Shakespearean drama.
Studies in English Literature
Dubrow accomplishes much in this pioneering study.
Times Literary Supplement
A useful and detailed study. Dubrow is especially good at analysing the relationship between gender and genre.
Choice

Thorough, penetrating, and on the cutting edge of contemporary scholarship. Essential.

Modern Language Review
Her study exemplifies an ideal of informed and judicious close reading that one can only hope will prove as infectious as its author wishes it to be.

— Elizabeth Heale

Clio
Formidable exegetical skills... Dubrow's terse accounts bring great insight and illumination to the problem of defining and describing lyric poetry.
Seventeenth Century News
Includes some of her most important thinking to date about issues that are central to the study of lyric poetry in any period.
Year's Work in English Studies
Represents both a wide-ranging exploration of lyric poetry in the early modern period and a plea for scholars to emphasize multivalent ideas and inclusive taxonomies over hierarchical and sharply argumentative approaches.
Choice
Thorough, penetrating, and on the cutting edge of contemporary scholarship. Essential.
Sixteenth Century Journal - Christopher Martin
A study that is itself both challenging and gentle—in all the very best senses of that word.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801896132
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/2007
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 1,212,372
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Heather Dubrow is the John D. Boyd, S.J., Chair in the Poetic Imagination at Fordham University.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction     1
The Rhetoric of Lyric: Definitions, Descriptions, Disputations     15
The Domain of Echo: Lyric Audiences     54
The Craft of Pygmalion: Immediacy and Distancing     106
The Predilections of Proteus: Size and Structure     156
The Myth of Janus: Lyric and/or Narrative     189
The Rhetorics of Lyric: Conclusions and New Perspectives     228
Notes     243
Index     283
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