Sir Philip Sidney and the Sidney Circle

Sir Philip Sidney and the Sidney Circle

by Matthew Woodcock
     
 

Sir Philip Sidney's experimentation and innovations in English verse marked the turning point in the development of sixteenth-century poetry, as did the theories on the status and function of imaginative writing. In this compact, yet wide ranging guide, Matthew Woodcock presents a structured introduction to each of Sidney's major works including The Defence of

Overview

Sir Philip Sidney's experimentation and innovations in English verse marked the turning point in the development of sixteenth-century poetry, as did the theories on the status and function of imaginative writing. In this compact, yet wide ranging guide, Matthew Woodcock presents a structured introduction to each of Sidney's major works including The Defence of Poesy, the sonnet sequence Astrophil and Stella and both the old and new versions of Arcadia, together with Sidney's contributions to courtly and aristocratic entertainments. Woodcock examines these works in relation to Sidney's construction of personal identity and his active response to the politics both of Continental Europe and Elizabethan court. The final chapter discusses Mary Sidney, Fulke Greville, Robert Sidney and Lady Mary Wroth, writers whose own literary works were influenced by Sidney, and who were complicit in preparing his works for publication after his death and instrumental in the perpetuation and protection of his literary reputation.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780746311974
Publisher:
Northcote House Publishers, Limited
Publication date:
12/31/2009
Series:
Writers and Their Work Series
Pages:
128

Meet the Author

Matthew Woodcock is Senior Lecturer in Medieval and Renaissance Literature at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK. He previously taught in Oxford, Cork, and London.

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