The Oxford Handbook of Tudor Literature: 1485-1603

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EditorMike Pincombe, Cathy Shrank

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This is the first major collection of essays to look at the literature of the entire Tudor period, from the reign of Henry VII to the death of Elizabeth I. It pays particular attention to the years before 1580. Those decades saw, amongst other things, the establishment of print culture andgrowth of a reading public; the various phases of the English Reformation and process of political centralization that enabled and accompanied them; the increasing emulation of Continental and classical literatures under the influence of humanism; the self-conscious emergence of English as aliterary language and determined creation of a native literary canon; the beginnings of English empire and the consolidation of a sense of nationhood. However, study of Tudor literature prior to 1580 is not only of worth as a context, or foundation, for an Elizabethan 'golden age'. As this much-needed volume will show, it is also of artistic, intellectual, and cultural merit in its own right. Written by experts from Europe, North America, and the United Kingdom, the forty-five chapters in The Oxford Handbook of Tudor Literature recover some of the distinctive voices ofsixteenth-century writing, its energy, variety, and inventiveness. As well as essays on well-known writers, such as Philip Sidney or Thomas Wyatt, the volume contains the first extensive treatment in print of some of the Tudor era's most original voices.

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This is the first major collection of essays to look at the literature of the entire Tudor period, from the reign of Henry VII to the death of Elizabeth I. It pays particular attention to the years before 1580. Those decades saw, amongst other things, the establishment of print culture andgrowth of a reading public; the various phases ...

Mike Pincombe is a Professor of Tudor and Elizabethan Literature at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. Cathy Shrank is a Reader in Tudor Literature, University of Sheffield.

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The Oxford Handbook of Tudor Literature: 1485-1603
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Format:PaperbackDimensions:864 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 0.07 inPublished:December 10, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgementsConventions and list of abbreviationsList of illustrationsNotes on contributorsMike Pincombe and Cathy Shrank: Prologue: The travails of Tudor LiteratureSection I: 1485-15291. Alexandra Gillespie: Caxton and the invention of printing2. Kent Cartwright: Dramatic theory and Lucres' 'discretion': the plays of Henry Medwall3. Daniel Wakelin: Stephen Hawes and courtly education4. Jane Griffiths: Having the last word: manuscript, print, and the envoy in the poetry of John Skelton5. Joyce Boro: All for love: Lord Berners and the enduring, evolving romanceSection II: 1530-15596. John N. King: Thomas More, William Tyndale, and the printing of religious propaganda7. James Simpson: Rhetoric, conscience and the playful positions of Sir Thomas More8. Peter Happe: John Bale and controversy: readers and audiences9. Cathy Shrank: Sir Thomas Elyot and the bonds of community10. Thomas Betteridge: John Heywood and court drama11. Jason Powell: Thomas Wyatt and Francis Bryan: plainness and dissimulation12. Hannibal Hamlin: Piety and poetry: English psalms from Miles Coverdale to Mary Sidney13. Janel Mueller: Katherine Parr and her circle14. Philip Schwyzer: John Leland and his heirs: the topography of England15. Mark Rankin: Biblical allusion and argument in Luke Shepherd's verse satires16. Christopher Warley: Reforming the reformers: Robert Crowley and Nicholas Udall17. R. W. Maslen: William Baldwin and the Tudor imagination18. Wolfgang G. Muller: Directions for English: Thomas Wilson's Art of Rhetoric, George Puttenham's Art of English Poesy, and the Search for Vernacular Eloquence19. Alan Bryson: Order and Disorder: John Proctor's History of Wyatt's Rebellion (1554)20. Alice Hunt: Marian political allegory: John Heywood's The Spider and the Fly21. Scott Lucas: Hall's chronicle and A Mirror for Magistrates: history and the tragic pattern22. Mike Pincombe: A place in the shade: George Cavendish and de casibus tragedy23. Margaret Tudeau-Clayton: What is my nation?: language, verse and politics in Tudor translations of Virgil's Aeneid24. Jonathan Woolfson: Thomas Hoby, William Thomas and mid-Tudor travel to Italy25. Steven W. May: Popularizing courtly poetry: Tottel's 'Miscellany' and its progenySection III: 1560-157926. Laurie Shannon: Minerva's men: horizontal nationhood and the literary production of Googe, Turberville, and Gascoigne27. Phil Withington: 'For This is True or Els I do Lye': Thomas Smith, William Bullein and Mid-Tudor Dialogue28. Jessica Winston: English Seneca: Heywood to Hamlet29. Dermot Cavanagh: Political tragedy in the 1560s: Cambises and Gorboduc30. Andrew Escobedo: John Foxe's Acts and Monuments, 1563-1583: antiquity and the affect of history31. Jonathan Gibson: Tragical histories, tragical tales32. Andrew Hadfield: Foresters, ploughmen and shepherds: versions of Tudor pastoral33. Paul Whitfield White: Interludes, economics and the Elizabethan stage34. Syrithe Pugh: Ovidian reflections in Gascoigne's Steel Glass35. D. J. B. Trim: The art of war: martial poetics from Henry Howard to Philip Sidney36. Elizabeth Heale: Thomas Whythorne and first-person life-writing in the sixteenth century37. Janette Dillon: Pageants and Propaganda: Robert Langham's Letter and George Gascoigne's Princely Pleasures at Kenilworth38. Helen Moore: Sir Philip Sidney and the ArcadiasSection IV: 1580-160339. Jennifer Richards: Gabriel Harvey's choleric writing40. Fred Schurink: The intimacy of manuscript and the pleasure of print: literary culture from The Schoolmaster to Euphues41. Katharine Wilson: Robert Greene's Pandosto and George Pettie's Palace of Pleasure42. David Bevington: Christopher Marlowe's Doctor Faustus and Nathaniel Woodes's The Conflict of Conscience43. Lorna Hutson: Fictive Acts: Thomas Nashe and the mid-Tudor legacy44. Andrew Hiscock: 'Hear my tale or kiss my tail!': The Old Wife's Tale, Gammer Gurton's Needle and the popular cultures of Tudor comedyHelen Cooper: Epilogue: Edmund Spenser and the passing of Tudor literatureBibliographyIndex