The Oxford History of Classical Reception in English Literature: Volume 2: 1558-1660

Hardcover | January 21, 2016

EditorPatrick Cheney, Philip Hardie

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The Oxford History of Classical Reception (OHCREL) is designed to offer a comprehensive investigation of the numerous and diverse ways in which literary texts of the classical world have stimulated responses and refashioning by English writers. Covering the full range of English literaturefrom the early Middle Ages to the present day, OHCREL both synthesizes existing scholarship and presents cutting-edge new research, employing an international team of expert contributors for each of the five volumes. OHCREL endeavours to interrogate, rather than inertly reiterate, conventional assumptions about literary "periods", the processes of canon-formation, and the relations between literary and non-literary discourse. It conceives of "reception" as a complex process of dialogic exchange and, rather thanoffering large cultural generalizations, it engages in close critical analysis of literary texts. It explores in detail the ways in which English writers' engagement with classical literature casts as much light on the classical originals as it does on the English writers' own cultural context. This second volume, and third to appear in the series, covers the years 1558-1660, and explores the reception of the ancient genres and authors in English Renaissance literature, engaging with the major, and many of the minor, writers of the period, including Shakespeare, Marlowe, Spenser, andJonson. Separate chapters examine the Renaissance institutions and contexts which shape the reception of antiquity, and an annotated bibliography provides substantial material for further reading.

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The Oxford History of Classical Reception (OHCREL) is designed to offer a comprehensive investigation of the numerous and diverse ways in which literary texts of the classical world have stimulated responses and refashioning by English writers. Covering the full range of English literaturefrom the early Middle Ages to the present day, ...

Patrick Cheney is Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Pennsylvania State University. He has been a Visiting Research Fellow at Merton College, University of Oxford, and a recipient of the Faculty Scholar Medal at Pennsylvania State University for research in the humanities. He is General Editor of the O...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:808 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.98 inPublished:January 21, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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List of ContributorsPreface1. Patrick Cheney and Philip Hardie: IntroductionPart I: Institutions and Contexts2. Peter Mack: The Classics in Humanism, Education, and Scholarship3. Stuart Gillespie: The Availability of the Classics: Readers, Writers, Translation, Performance4. Peter Mack: Classical Rhetoric in English5. Gavin Alexander: The Classics in Literary Criticism6. Mark Vessey: Classics and Christianity7. Jane Stevenson: Women Writers and the Classics8. Cultural ContextsCurtis Perry: a) Politics and NationalismCora Fox: b) Sexuality and DesirePatrick Cheney: c) Literary CareersPhilip Hardie: d) Fame and ImmortalityPart II: Genres9. Helen Cooper: Pastoral and Georgic10. Philip Hardie: Epic Poetry11. Lynn Enterline: Elizabethan Minor Epic12. William Fitzgerald: The Epistolary Tradition13. Helen Moore: Prose Romance14. Roland Greene: Elegy, Hymn, Epithalamium, Ode: Some Renaissance Reinterpretations15. Susanna Braund: Complaint, Epigram, and Satire16. Gordone Braden: Tragedy17. Bruce Smith: Comedy18. Tanya Pollard: Tragicomedy19. Bart Vanes: Historiography and Biography20. Reid Barbour and Claire Preston: Discursive and Speculative WritingPart III: Authors21. Jessica Wolfe: Homer22. Elizabeth Jane Bellamy: Plato23. Maggie Kilgour: Virgil and Ovid24. Victoria Moul (with a contribution by Charles Martindale): Horace25. Richard McCabe: Spenser26. Charles Martindale: Marlowe27. Colin Burrow: Shakespeare28. Sean Keilen: Jonson29. Thomas Luxon: Early MiltonCraig Kallendorf: Classical Reception in English Literature, 1558-1660: An Annotated BibliographyIndex