Sonnet Sequences and Social Distinction in Renaissance England
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Sonnet Sequences and Social Distinction in Renaissance England by Christopher Warley
Book DescriptionWhy were sonnet sequences popular in Renaissance England? In this study, Christopher Warley suggests that sonneteers created a vocabulary to describe, and to invent, new forms of social distinction before an explicit language of social class existed. The tensions inherent in the genre - between lyric and narrative, between sonnet and sequence - offered writers a means of reconceptualizing the relation between individuals and society, a way to try to come to grips with the broad social transformations taking place at the end of the sixteenth century. By stressing the struggle over social classification, the book revises studies that have tied the influence of sonnet sequences to either courtly love or to Renaissance individualism. Drawing on Marxist aesthetic theory, it offers detailed examinations of sequences by Lok, Sidney, Spenser, Shakespeare and Milton. It will be valuable to readers interested in Renaissance and genre studies, and post-Marxist theories of class.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521842549
(228mm x 152mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 28-Jul-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Through detailed readings of six canonical Renaissance works, this book shows the unique ability of literary criticism to describe class.
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A study of the popularity of sonnet sequences in Renaissance England.
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Author Biography - Christopher Warley
Christopher Warley is Assistant Professor at the Department of English, Oakland University, Michigan.
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