European Literary Careers: The Author from Antiquity to the Renaissance

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Overview

Authorial studies, or 'career criticism' is a new and distinctive branch of interpretive methodology that explores various paths of European careers, particularly literary careers. In this first book-length study in the field various specialists from Italian, French, English, and Spanish studies collectively discuss literary careers spanning from classical antiquity through the Renaissance. They argue that the idea of a literary career evolves slowly, derives centrally from Virgil, and that the periodization from classical, medieval and Renaissance culture helps to elucidate the details of that evolution.

Including authors from Theocritus to Spenser, the contributors correlate an author's sense of a career to the period of history in which he or she is writing, foregrounding his or her role in the multi-sphered life of the nation, especially its institutions of family, state, and church. Authorship and agency, genre and genre patterning, imitation and intertextuality, politics and religions, sexuality and gender all become part of the complex template for defining the idea of a literary career. Unique in both scope and topic, this study breaks new ground in current critical theory, allowing for complex interrelations between models of authorial agency and models of social construction.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802047793
  • Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
  • Publication date: 5/31/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.37 (w) x 9.05 (h) x 1.26 (d)

Meet the Author

Patrick Cheney is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Pennsylvania State University.

Frederick A. de Armas is the Andrew W. Mellon Distinguished Service Professor in the Humanities, Spanish Literature, and Comparative Literature at the University of Chicago.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 'Jog on, jog on': European Career Paths 3
1 Greek Lives and Roman Careers in the Classical Vita Tradition 24
2 From Cursus to Ductus: Figures of Writing in Western Late Antiquity (Augustine, Jerome, Cassiodorus, Bede) 47
3 Medieval Literary Careers: The Theban Track 104
4 Authority and Influence - Vocation and Anxiety: The Sense of a Literary Career in the Sentimental Novel and Celestina 129
5 Versions of a Career: Petrarch and His Renaissance Commentators 146
6 Judging a Literary Career: The Case of Antonio de Guevara (1480?-1545) 165
7 Arms versus Letters: The Poetics of War and the Career of the Poet in Early Modern Spain 186
8 Divine Poetry as a Career Move: The Complexities and Consolidations of Following David 206
9 'Novells of his devise': Chaucerian and Virgilian Career Paths in Spenser's Februarie Eclogue 231
10 Cervantes and the Virgilian Wheel: The Portrayal of a Literary Career 268
11 Epic Violence: Captives, Moriscos, and Empire in Cervantes 287
12 Renaissance Englishwomen and the Literary Career 302
Works Cited 325
Contributors 363
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