England's Helicon: Fountains in Early Modern Literature and Culture by Hester Lees-JeffriesEngland's Helicon: Fountains in Early Modern Literature and Culture by Hester Lees-Jeffries

England's Helicon: Fountains in Early Modern Literature and Culture

byHester Lees-Jeffries

Hardcover | November 1, 2007

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England's Helicon is about one of the most important features of early modern gardens: the fountain. It is also a detailed study of works by Philip Sidney, Edmund Spenser, and Ben Jonson, and of an influential Italian romance, the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili. Fountains were 'strong points' inthe iconography and structure of gardens, symbolically loaded and interpretatively dense, soliciting the most active engagement possible from those who encountered them. These qualities are registered and explored in their literary counterparts. England's Helicon is not a simple motif study of fountains in English Renaissance literature: it is, rather, an investigation of how each might work; of how literary fountains both inform and are informed by real fountains in early modern literature and culture. While its main focus remains theliterature of the late sixteenth century, England's Helicon recognises that intertextuality and influence can be material as well as literary. It demonstrates that the 'missing piece' needed to make sense of a passage in a play, a poem, or a prose romance could be a fountain, a conduit, a well, or areflecting pool, in general or even in a specific, known garden; it also considers portraits, textiles, jewellery, and other artefacts depicting fountains. Early modern English gardens and fountains are almost all lost, but to approach them through literary texts and objects is often to recover them in new ways. This is the double project that England's Helicon undertakes; in so doing, it offers a new model for the exploration of the interconnectednessof texts, images, objects and landscapes in early modern literature and culture.
Hester Lees-Jeffries took her first degrees in New Zealand before coming to Cambridge as a UK Commonwealth Scholar in 1999; she completed her doctoral thesis on fountains in Renaissance literature in 2002. She is currently a Fellow and College Lecturer in English at St Catharine's College, Cambridge, and was previously a Research Fello...
Title:England's Helicon: Fountains in Early Modern Literature and CultureFormat:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:November 1, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0199230781

ISBN - 13:9780199230785


Table of Contents

Introduction: OriginsPart 1: Sources and Reflections: The iHypnerotomachia Poliphili/i (1499) and Sidney's iNew Arcadia/i (1582-4)1. 1 'Some fair book': the iHypnerotomachia/i in England2. Reading fountains in the iHypnerotomachia/i3. The Fountains of Venus and Adonis: revelation and reflection4. The Fountain of Aeneas: Sidney rewrites the iHypnerotomachia/iPart 2: Living Waters: Spenser's iThe Faerie Queene/i (1590)5. iAd fontes/i: Elizabeth and the English Bible6. The Christian knight: Redcrosse learns to read7. The Well of Life: all things made new8. Fountains seen and unseenPart 3: Poisoned Springs: Jonson's iThe Fountaine of Selfe-Love/i (1600)9. The public fountain: Elizabethan politics and the humanist tradition10. A visual metaphor: staging the fountain11. The fountain of Salmacis: self-love and satire12. Diana's justice: Essex, Nonsuch and Hampton CourtConclusion