ISBN-10:
0631190295
ISBN-13:
9780631190295
Pub. Date:
11/14/1997
Publisher:
Wiley
The English Renaissance: Identity and Representation in Elizabethan England / Edition 1

The English Renaissance: Identity and Representation in Elizabethan England / Edition 1

by Alistair FoxAlistair Fox

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780631190295
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 11/14/1997
Pages: 252
Product dimensions: 6.05(w) x 9.05(h) x 0.73(d)

About 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).

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements.

Introduction.

1. The Reception of Italian Literary Culture: Motives and Dynamics.

2. Wyatt, Surrey, and the Onset of English Petrarchism.

3. Elizabethan Petrarchism and the Protestant Location of Self.

4. Ethic and Politic Considerations: Spenser, Sidney, and the Uses of Italianate Pastoral.

5. Epic and the Formation of National Identity: Ariosto, Tasso, and The Faerie Queene.

6. Appraising 'The Seeming Truths' of the Times: the Italianate Plays of Shakespeare.

Conclusion.

Bibliography.

Index.

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