Courtly Letters in the Age of Henry VIII: Literary Culture and the Arts of Deceit

Courtly Letters in the Age of Henry VIII: Literary Culture and the Arts of Deceit

by Seth Lerer
     
 

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This revisionary study of the origins of courtly literature reveals the culture of spectatorship and voyeurism that shaped early Tudor English literary life. Through new research into the reception of Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde, it demonstrates how Pandarus became the model of the early modern courtier. In close readings of early Tudor poetry, court drama, letters…  See more details below

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This revisionary study of the origins of courtly literature reveals the culture of spectatorship and voyeurism that shaped early Tudor English literary life. Through new research into the reception of Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde, it demonstrates how Pandarus became the model of the early modern courtier. In close readings of early Tudor poetry, court drama, letters, manuscript anthologies and printed books, Seth Lerer illuminates a 'Pandaric' world of displayed bodies, surreptitious letters, and transgressive performances.

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"...Lerer has written an elegant book. His chapters are grounded in close readings of literary texts, and he has presented a nuanced, challenging argument in well-turned phrases free of theoretical jargon." Mary Hill Cole, Mary Baldwin College

"Lerer's is one of the most impressive of the volumes I've read." Frank Kermode in the London Review of Books

"Lerer also offers some strong readings, especially of King Henry's love letters. And he comments well on manuscript collections of verse. This book belongs in libraries supporting graduate work in English literature and history." E.D. Hill, Choice

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521035279
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
11/28/2006
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture Series, #18
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.63(d)

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