Literary Circles and Cultural Communities in Renaissance by Claude J. Summers, Ted-Larry Pebworth

By Claude J. Summers, Ted-Larry Pebworth

Although the literary circle is well known as an important function of Renaissance literary tradition, it has obtained remarkably little exam. during this selection of essays, the authors try and clarify literary circles and cultural groups in Renaissance England via exploring either real and imaginary ways that they have been conceived and many of the wishes they fulfilled. The booklet additionally can pay significant consciousness to bigger theoretical matters in terms of literary circles.

The essayists elevate vital questions about the level to which literary circles have been genuine constructs or fictional creations. even if illuminating or proscribing, the circle metaphor itself may be prolonged or reformulated. a few of the authors speak about how specific circles truly operated, and a few query the very thought of the literary circle. Literary Circles and Cultural groups in Renaissance England may be an incredible addition to seventeenth-century studies.

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4. Low, “The Compleat Angler’s ‘Baite’; or, The Subverter Subverted,” John Donne Journal 4 (1985): 10, 7. Other useful commentaries on Donne’s and Marlowe’s works and lives cited frequently in the following pages include Dennis Flynn, John Donne and the Ancient Catholic Nobility (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1995); Charles Nicholl, The Reckoning: The Murder of Christopher Marlowe (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1992); and James V. Mirollo, Mannerism and Renaissance Poetry: Concept, Mode, Inner Design (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1984).

Essex: Stump Cross Books, 1990), 1:108; Dering quoted in Patrick Thomas, Katherine Philips (Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 1988), 13–14. Imperatives of Literary History 21 an earlier scientific essay in a Hartlib volume), treating a subject of immense interest to Philips, although in an even more abstractly Neoplatonic idiom than her own musings. ”17 But Philips’s more direct Boyle connections in the 1660s were in Dublin with Robert Boyle’s brother, Roger, earl of Orrery, and his sisters Lady Elizabeth Boyle, the Celimene of several of Philips’s poems, and Lady Ann Boyle.

Strathmann, “Ralegh and the Catholic Polemicists,” Huntington Library Quarterly 4 (1945): 337–58. For a different view of the Donne-Raleigh relationship, see Dennis Flynn, “Donne, Henry Wotton, and the Earl of Essex,” John Donne Journal 14 (1995): 185–218. “Like a spyed Spie” 33 tion,” Low continues, a fiction, I believe Donne would have urged, created to appeal to popular Elizabethan standards, to qualify these poets for the school of Sidney and Spenser (or even to seize the laureate mantle from them, as Cheney has suggested).

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