Elizabethan Women And The Poetry Of Courtship by Ilona BellElizabethan Women And The Poetry Of Courtship by Ilona Bell

Elizabethan Women And The Poetry Of Courtship

byIlona Bell

Hardcover | February 28, 1999

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During Elizabeth I's reign, love poetry acquired a popularity and brilliance unparalleled in English literary history. Ilona Bell shows how the tropes and rhetoric of love poetry were used to court Elizabethan women (at court, in the great houses, and in society at large) and how the women responded to being wooed, in prose, poetry and speech. Juxtaposing canonical male poets and recently discovered women writers, she investigates texts addressed to, written by, read, or heard by Elizabethan women, and charts the beginnings of a female lyric tradition.
Title:Elizabethan Women And The Poetry Of CourtshipFormat:HardcoverDimensions:280 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.75 inPublished:February 28, 1999Publisher:Cambridge University Press

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ISBN - 10:052163007X

ISBN - 13:9780521630078

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations; Acknowledgements; List of abbreviations; 1. An introduction to Elizabethan courtship; 2. An Elizabethan poetics of courtship; 3. The practice of Elizabethan courtship; 4. The lyric dialogue of Elizabethan courtship; 5. Anne Vavasour and Henry Lee; 6. A female lyric tradition; 7. Daniel's lyric dialogue of courtship; 8. Spenser's Amoretti; 9. Epilogue; Notes; Works cited; Index.

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The tropes and rhetoric of love poetry were the language of courtship during the reign of Elizabeth I. Juxtaposing canonical male poets and recently discovered male writers, Elizabethan Women and the Poetry of Courtship shows how love poetry was used to court Elizabethan women and how the women responded to being wooed in this manner. Ilona Bell examines texts addressed to, written by and read or heard by Elizabethan women and charts the beginnings of a female lyric tradition.

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"I applaud Bell's attempt to hear women's voices amid the conversation of men." Modern Philology