The English Renaissance: Identity and Representation in Elizabethan England

The English Renaissance: Identity and Representation in Elizabethan England

by Alistair Fox
     
 

This book reassesses Renaissance English literature and its place in Elizabethan society. It examines, in particular, the role of Italianate literary imitation in addressing the ethical and political issues of the sixteenth century.  See more details below

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This book reassesses Renaissance English literature and its place in Elizabethan society. It examines, in particular, the role of Italianate literary imitation in addressing the ethical and political issues of the sixteenth century.

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"Fox's clear style suits his difficult material. This is one of few recent works treating Italian influence in detail with a good command of the evidence as well as a fresh point of view. Strongly recommended for graduates, researchers, and faculty." Choice

‘Alistair Fox offers a new and compelling version of the literary culture of Tudor England, one that finds its defining qualities in the complex interactions of English Protestantism and Italian humanism. If a full synthesis of the two systems finally proved impossible for English writers, Fox impressively shows how their brave effort to achieve it animates the most important imaginative literature of the period.’ – David Scott Kastan, Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University

‘The English Renaissance registers how the secular narratives of Catholic culture were reinvented by England’s new Protestant culture. It shows the English writing of Sidney, Spenser and Shakespeare undergoing a rebirth out of its Italian sources. In the process it fully justifies Alistair Fox’s re-application of the term "Renaissance" to the products of this fertile period.’ – Professor Andrew Gurr, Department of English, University of Reading

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780631190295
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
11/14/1997
Pages:
252
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.53(d)

Meet the Author

Alistair Fox was educated at the University of Canterbury (MA) and the University of Western Ontario, where he took his doctorate as a Commonwealth Scholar. He has held visiting fellowships at Clare Hall, Cambridge, and All Souls College, Oxford, and is currently Professor of English at the University of Otago, New Zealand. His previous books include Thomas More: History and Providence (1982); Reassessing the Henrician Age: Humanism, Politics, and Reform, 1500-1550 (with John Guy) (1986); Politics and Literature in the Reigns of Henry VII and Henry VIII (1989); and Utopia: An Elusive Vision (1993).

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