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Redefining Elizabethan Literature

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  • Date Published: November 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521122894

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  • Exploring one of the most remarkable decades in English literary history, the 1590s, Georgia Brown focuses on the changing perceptions of the aesthetic. Brown reveals how the period's obsession with shame was expressed in fragmentary and marginal literary forms such as the sonnet sequence, epyllion and complaint. Combining theoretical perspectives with structural analysis, she studies the historical and ideological forces inscribed in rhetorical and formal developments.

    • A thorough study of how definitions of 'literature' were developed in the 1590s
    • A comprehensive examination of the generation of Shakespeare, Marlowe, Spenser, Donne and Jonson and their attitudes to authorship
    • Brown studies marginal forms and the theme of shame to illuminate the period and its works
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    "The bibliography is substantial, and the thorough notes appear as footnotes rather than as endnotes, which is a delight." CHOICE

    "Engages energetically--and sometimes impressively--with both the primary and secondary literatures of the last decade of the sixteenth century." -Gordon Braden, University of Virginia

    "Brown has written an admirably intelligent and sensitive book that should be of great interest to anyone studying or teaching Elizabethan literature and culture." Renaissance Quarterly Judith Haber, Tufts University

    "Brown's complex, smart analytical prose and the discussion's internal cohesiveness result in a provocative new reading of late Elizabethan culture and the Elizabethans' own definition -- or if Brown is correct, redefinition--of literary value." - Wayne A. Chandler, Northwest Missouri State University

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    • Date Published: November 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521122894
    • length: 272 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.4kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Generating waste: Thomas Nashe and the production of professional authorship
    3. Literature as fetish
    4. Shame and the subject of history
    Epilogue
    Bibliography.

  • Author

    Georgia Brown, Queens' College, Cambridge

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