A Continuation of Sir Philip Sidneys Arcadia

Paperback | October 1, 1988

byAnna WeamysEditorPatrick Colborn Cullen

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Anna Weamys's A Continuation of Sir Philip Sidney's Arcadia is a woman's contribution to one of the dominant genres of her sex's readership in the seventeenth century: the heroic romance. Part of the considerable power and appeal of this work is its reduction of the heroic romance to a smallerscale. In its shorter length and its comparatively direct style, it avoids the fustian and bloat of the form. At the same time, it elaborates on the genre's stronger points--its playfulness and fantasy, its explorations of the nuances of sensibility--while not sacrificing its capacity for politicalstatement. Weamys's Arcadia is an interesting and accessible story that, while it pairs well with Sidney, can stand on its own or be paired with other writers of romance like Shakespeare or Spenser. The 0irst appearance of the text since the seventeenth century, this volume includes both amodernized and an old-spelling edition of the text.

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Anna Weamys's A Continuation of Sir Philip Sidney's Arcadia is a woman's contribution to one of the dominant genres of her sex's readership in the seventeenth century: the heroic romance. Part of the considerable power and appeal of this work is its reduction of the heroic romance to a smallerscale. In its shorter length and its compar...

Patrick Colborn Cullen is at City University of New York.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8.19 × 5.43 × 0.83 inPublished:October 1, 1988Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195087194

ISBN - 13:9780195087192

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"Cullen's edition of Weamys' A Continuation of Sir Philip Sidney's Arcadia will prove useful to scholars and students alike because of the thorough preparation of the text, the very useful appendices, the thoughtful and readable introduction, and the inclusion of both a modern version and areprint of the original."--Sixteenth Century Journal