Defending Literature in Early Modern England: Renaissance Literary Theory in Social Context by Robert MatzDefending Literature in Early Modern England: Renaissance Literary Theory in Social Context by Robert Matz

Defending Literature in Early Modern England: Renaissance Literary Theory in Social Context

byRobert Matz

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Robert Matz analyzes the defense of literature in Renaissance England in the context of social transformations of the period, particularly those affecting the aristocracy as it evolved from a feudal warrior class to a civil elite. Through close readings centered on works by Thomas Elyot, Philip Sidney and Edmund Spenser, Matz argues that literature attempted to mediate a complex set of contradictory social expectations. His original study engages with important theoretical work such as Pierre Bourdieu's and offers a substantial critique of New Historicist theory.

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Title:Defending Literature in Early Modern England: Renaissance Literary Theory in Social ContextFormat:PaperbackDimensions:204 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.47 inPublished:December 14, 2006Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:052103518X

ISBN - 13:9780521035187

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Acknowledgments; 1. Introduction: 'aut prodesse ... aut delectare'; 2. Recreating reading: Elyot's Boke Named the Governour; 3. Heroic diversions: Sidney's Defence of Poetry; 4. A 'gentle discipline': Spenser's Faerie Queene; 5. Epilogue: from text to work?; Notes; Bibliography; Index.

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"...an astute and honest, hard-working and well-written book." Renaissance and Reformation