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The Culture of Slander in Early Modern England

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture

  • Date Published: January 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521586375

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About the Authors
  • Slander constitutes a central social, legal and literary concern of early modern England. M. Lindsay Kaplan reveals it to be an effective, if unstable, means of repudiating one's opposition, and shows how it was deployed by rulers and poets including Spenser, Jonson and Shakespeare. Her study challenges recent claims that the state controlled poets' criticisms by means of censorship, arguing instead that power relations between poets and the state are more accurately described in terms of the reversible charge of slander.

    • Revisionary contribution to study of slander and censorship in Renaissance and early modern literary, political and cultural studies
    • Provides insight into literary and political aspects of work by Shakespeare, Spenser and Jonson
    • Major contribution to study of language and its political implications in early modern England
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "The discussion of Lucio as a poet and critic of the state is particularly intriguing." B. E. Brandt, Choice

    "Kaplan's study of slander discusses three major texts: FQ, Poetaster , and Measure for Measure . Dorothy Stephens, Spenser Newsletter

    "...a tightly-controlled and lucidly written book, which I recommend with enthusiasm." Bibliotheque D'Humanisme

    "...the future of `cultural studies' of English Renaissance literature seems to be in capable hands..." Arnold W. Preussner, English Language Notes

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521586375
    • length: 164 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 10 mm
    • weight: 0.25kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: censorship versus slander
    1. The paradox of slander
    2. Allegories of defamation in The Faerie Queene Books IV-VI
    3. Satire and the arraignment of the Poetaster
    4. Slander for slander in Measure for Measure
    Works cited

  • Author

    M. Lindsay Kaplan, Georgetown University, Washington DC

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