The Oxford Handbook of Tudor Literature: 1485-1603

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Overview

This is the first major collection of essays to look at the literature of the entire Tudor period, from the reign of Henry VII to the death of Elizabeth I. It pays particular attention to the years before 1580. Those decades saw, amongst other things, the establishment of print culture and growth of a reading public; the various phases of the English Reformation and process of political centralization that enabled and accompanied them; the increasing emulation of Continental and classical literatures under the influence of humanism; the self-conscious emergence of English as a literary language and determined creation of a native literary canon; the beginnings of English empire and the consolidation of a sense of nationhood. However, study of Tudor literature prior to 1580 is not only of worth as a context, or foundation, for an Elizabethan 'golden age'. As this much-needed volume will show, it is also of artistic, intellectual, and cultural merit in its own right. Written by experts from Europe, North America, and the United Kingdom, the forty-five chapters in The Oxford Handbook of Tudor Literature recover some of the distinctive voices of sixteenth-century writing, its energy, variety, and inventiveness. As well as essays on well-known writers, such as Philip Sidney or Thomas Wyatt, the volume contains the first extensive treatment in print of some of the Tudor era's most original voices.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199697892
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 1/13/2012
  • Series: Oxford Handbooks Series
  • Pages: 864
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 2.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements Conventions and list of abbreviations List of illustrations Notes on contributors Prologue: The travails of Tudor Literature, Mike Pincombe and Cathy Shrank
Section I: 1485-1529
1. Caxton and the invention of printing, Alexandra Gillespie
2. Dramatic theory and Lucres' 'discretion': the plays of Henry Medwall, Kent Cartwright
3. Stephen Hawes and courtly education, Daniel Wakelin
4. Having the last word: manuscript, print, and the envoy in the poetry of John Skelton, Jane Griffiths
5. All for love: Lord Berners and the enduring, evolving romance, Joyce Boro
Section II: 1530-1559
6. Thomas More, William Tyndale, and the printing of religious propaganda, John N. King
7. Rhetoric, conscience and the playful positions of Sir Thomas More, James Simpson
8. John Bale and controversy: readers and audiences, Peter Happe
9. Sir Thomas Elyot and the bonds of community, Cathy Shrank
10. John Heywood and court drama, Thomas Betteridge
11. Thomas Wyatt and Francis Bryan: plainness and dissimulation, Jason Powell
12. Piety and poetry: English psalms from Miles Coverdale to Mary Sidney, Hannibal Hamlin
13. Katherine Parr and her circle, Janel Mueller
14. John Leland and his heirs: the topography of England, Philip Schwyzer
15. Biblical allusion and argument in Luke Shepherd's verse satires, Mark Rankin
16. Reforming the reformers: Robert Crowley and Nicholas Udall, Christopher Warley
17. William Baldwin and the Tudor imagination, R. W. Maslen
18. Directions for English: Thomas Wilson's Art of Rhetoric, George Puttenham's Art of English Poesy, and the Search for Vernacular Eloquence, Wolfgang G. Muller
19. Order and Disorder: John Proctor's History of Wyatt's Rebellion (1554), Alan Bryson
20. Marian political allegory: John Heywood's The Spider and the Fly, Alice Hunt
21. Hall's chronicle and A Mirror for Magistrates: history and the tragic pattern, Scott Lucas
22. A place in the shade: George Cavendish and de casibus tragedy, Mike Pincombe
23. What is my nation?: language, verse and politics in Tudor translations of Virgil's Aeneid, Margaret Tudeau-Clayton
24. Thomas Hoby, William Thomas and mid-Tudor travel to Italy, Jonathan Woolfson
25. Popularizing courtly poetry: Tottel's 'Miscellany' and its progeny, Steven W. May
Section III: 1560-1579
26. Minerva's men: horizontal nationhood and the literary production of Googe, Turberville, and Gascoigne, Laurie Shannon
27. 'For This is True or Els I do Lye': Thomas Smith, William Bullein and Mid-Tudor Dialogue, Phil Withington
28. English Seneca: Heywood to Hamlet, Jessica Winston
29. Political tragedy in the 1560s: Cambises and Gorboduc, Dermot Cavanagh
30. John Foxe's Acts and Monuments, 1563-1583: antiquity and the affect of history, Andrew Escobedo
31. Tragical histories, tragical tales, Jonathan Gibson
32. Foresters, ploughmen and shepherds: versions of Tudor pastoral, Andrew Hadfield
33. Interludes, economics and the Elizabethan stage, Paul Whitfield White
34. Ovidian reflections in Gascoigne's Steel Glass, Syrithe Pugh
35. The art of war: martial poetics from Henry Howard to Philip Sidney, D. J. B. Trim
36. Thomas Whythorne and first-person life-writing in the sixteenth century, Elizabeth Heale
37. Pageants and Propaganda: Robert Langham's Letter and George Gascoigne's Princely Pleasures at Kenilworth, Janette Dillon
38. Sir Philip Sidney and the Arcadias, Helen Moore
Section IV: 1580-1603
39. Gabriel Harvey's choleric writing, Jennifer Richards
40. The intimacy of manuscript and the pleasure of print: literary culture from The Schoolmaster to Euphues, Fred Schurink
41. Robert Greene's Pandosto and George Pettie's Palace of Pleasure, Katharine Wilson
42. Christopher Marlowe's Doctor Faustus and Nathaniel Woodes's The Conflict of Conscience, David Bevington
43. Fictive Acts: Thomas Nashe and the mid-Tudor legacy, Lorna Hutson
44. 'Hear my tale or kiss my tail!': The Old Wife's Tale, Gammer Gurton's Needle and the popular cultures of Tudor comedy, Andrew Hiscock
Epilogue: Edmund Spenser and the passing of Tudor literature, Helen Cooper
Bibliography Index

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