A Continuation of Sir Philip Sidney's Arcadia / Edition 1

A Continuation of Sir Philip Sidney's Arcadia / Edition 1

by Anna Weamys
     
 

Anna Weamys's A Continuation of Sir Philip Sidney's Arcadia is a woman's contribution to one of the dominant genres of her sex's readership in the seventeenth century: the heroic romance. Part of the considerable power and appeal of this work is its reduction of the heroic romance to a smaller scale. In its shorter length and its comparatively

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Anna Weamys's A Continuation of Sir Philip Sidney's Arcadia is a woman's contribution to one of the dominant genres of her sex's readership in the seventeenth century: the heroic romance. Part of the considerable power and appeal of this work is its reduction of the heroic romance to a smaller scale. In its shorter length and its comparatively direct style, it avoids the fustian and bloat of the form. At the same time, it elaborates on the genre's stronger points—its playfulness and fantasy, its explorations of the nuances of sensibility—while not sacrificing its capacity for political statement. Weamys's Arcadia is an interesting and accessible story that, while it pairs well with Sidney, can stand on its own or be paired with other writers of romance like Shakespeare or Spenser. The 0irst appearance of the text since the seventeenth century, this volume includes both a modernized and an old-spelling edition of the text.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195087192
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
12/28/1994
Series:
Women Writers in English 1350-1850 Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.44(w) x 8.19(h) x 0.84(d)

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