Sidney To Milton, 1580-1660

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This invaluable guide offers readers an accessible and imaginative approach to the literature of early modern Britain. Exploring the poetry, drama, and prose of the period, Marion Wynne-Davies combines theory and practice, providing a helpful introduction to key theoretical concepts and close readings of individual texts by both canonical and less well-known authors. Amongst other things, Wynne-Davies discusses 16th and 17th century poetry in its political and cultural contexts, considers Renaissance drama in ...

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Overview

This invaluable guide offers readers an accessible and imaginative approach to the literature of early modern Britain. Exploring the poetry, drama, and prose of the period, Marion Wynne-Davies combines theory and practice, providing a helpful introduction to key theoretical concepts and close readings of individual texts by both canonical and less well-known authors. Amongst other things, Wynne-Davies discusses 16th and 17th century poetry in its political and cultural contexts, considers Renaissance drama in terms of performance space, and uses the early modern map to explain the prose works of writers such as Bunyan and Cavendish.

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"Clearly written, devoid of jargon, insightful...this study serves as a handbook of revisionist literary history and critical analysis."—A.C. Labriola, Choice
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780333696187
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 2/8/2003
  • Series: Transitions Series
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

Marion Wynne-Davis is Reader in English, University of Dundee.

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Table of Contents

General Editor's Preface
Acknowledgements
Introduction
1 Contexts 1
Elizabeth I 1
Philip Sidney 7
2 Poetry 26
I The sonnet form and tradition 26
II The Petrarchan sonnet 28
III Sir Thomas Wyatt 31
IV Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey 36
V Edmund Spenser, George Herbert, John Milton 39
VI John Donne 44
VII Sir Walter Ralegh 49
VIII Michael Drayton 57
IX Rachel Speght 60
X Mary Wroth 65
XI William Drummond, James VI of Scotland 78
XII Anne Bradstreet 80
3 Drama 84
Theatre history 84
Public theatre: Christopher Marlowe 93
Alternative performance spaces: William Shakespeare 105
Enclosed theatres: Thomas Middleton 121
4 Prose 138
A map of Renaissance prose 138
John Lyly 141
Thomas Nashe 150
Margaret Cavendish 159
John Bunyan 167
Conclusion 182
Chronology 1476-1685 186
Annotated Bibliography 200
Bibliography 203
Index 209
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