Elizabethan Mythologies: Studies in Poetry, Drama and Music

Elizabethan Mythologies: Studies in Poetry, Drama and Music

by Robin Headlam Wells
     
 

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For lovers of music and poetry the legendary figure of Orpheus probably suggests a romantic ideal. But for the Renaissance he is essentially a political figure. Dealing with plays, poems, songs, and the iconography of musical instruments, Robin Headlam Wells reexamines the myth, central to the Orpheus story, of the civilizing power of music and poetry. In doing so he…  See more details below

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For lovers of music and poetry the legendary figure of Orpheus probably suggests a romantic ideal. But for the Renaissance he is essentially a political figure. Dealing with plays, poems, songs, and the iconography of musical instruments, Robin Headlam Wells reexamines the myth, central to the Orpheus story, of the civilizing power of music and poetry. In doing so he acknowledges a debt to the New Historicism and its recovery of political meanings that traditional historical scholarship has sometimes been guilty of obscuring. But he is also critical of certain faulty premises in New Historicist criticism that have led to some radical misinterpretations of the period.

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"Elizabethan Mythologies is a highly intelligent look at the dominant myths that inform the theory and practice of music in the Tudor age." Essays in Theatre

"Seasoned, thoughtful, at times provocative, and inevitably astute, Wells imparts a truly interdiscipinary view of Renaissance thought in this collection of essays." Raphael Falco, Renaissance Quarterly

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521433853
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
05/28/1994
Series:
Studies in Poetry, Drama and Music
Pages:
306
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.75(d)

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