Courtly Letters in the Age of Henry VIII: Literary Culture and the Arts of Deceit

Courtly Letters in the Age of Henry VIII: Literary Culture and the Arts of Deceit

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This revisionary study of the origins of courtly literature reveals the culture of spectatorship and voyeurism that shaped early Tudor English literary life. Through new research into the reception of Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde, it demonstrates how Pandarus became the model of the early modern courtier. In close readings of early Tudor poetry, court drama, letters, manuscript anthologies and printed books, Seth Lerer illuminates a 'Pandaric' world of displayed bodies, surreptitious letters, and transgressive performances.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521035279
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 11/25/2006
Series: Cambridge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture Series , #18
Edition description: Revised ed.
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations; Acknowledgements; Note on editions and abbreviations; 1. Pretexts: Chaucer's Pandarus and the origins of courtly discourse; 2. The King's Pandars: performing courtiership in the 1510s; 3. The King's hand: body politics in the letters of Henry VIII; 4. Private quotations, public memories: Troilus and Criseyde and the politics of the manuscript anthology; 5. Wyatt, Chaucer, Tottel: the verse epistle and the subjects of the courtly lyric; Notes; Index.

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