Studies in Poetry, Drama and Music
By (author) Robin Headlam Wells
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Elizabethan Mythologies by Robin Headlam Wells
Book DescriptionFor lovers of music and poetry the legendary figure of Orpheus probably suggests a romantic ideal. But for the Renaissance he is essentially a political figure. Mythographers interpreted the Orpheus story as an allegory of the birth of civilization because they recognized in the arts in which Orpheus excelled an instrument of social control so powerful that with it you could, as one writer put it, 'winne Cities and whole Countries'. Dealing with plays, poems, songs and the iconography of musical instruments, Robin Headlam Wells re-examines the myth, central to the Orpheus story, of the transforming power of music and poetry. Elizabethan Mythologies, first published in 1994, contains numerous illustrations from the period and will be of interest to scholars and students of Renaissance poetry, drama and music, and of the history of ideas.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521035026
(228mm x 152mm x 16mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 14-Dec-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Robin Headlam Wells
Shakespeare's Humanism, Paperback (April 2009)
This book argues that the idea of a universal human nature was as important to Shakespeare as it was to every other Renaissance writer.
Shakespeare's Politics, Paperback (January 2009)
Offers an introduction to the political and historical context to Shakespeare's tragedy and history plays. This title provides an overview of the key political issues that were debated in late Elizabethan and early Stuart England. It suitable for those studying Shakespeare.
Shakespeare on Masculinity, Hardback (December 2000)
Reviews Shakespeare's view of masculinity through The Tempest, Hamlet, Othello, Macbeth and others.
Elizabethan Mythologies, Hardback (May 1994)» View all books by Robin Headlam Wells
Robin Headlam Wells re-examines the myth, central to the Orpheus story, in this 1994 book.
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