The Rhetoric of Courtship in Elizabethan Language and Literature by Catherine BatesThe Rhetoric of Courtship in Elizabethan Language and Literature by Catherine Bates

The Rhetoric of Courtship in Elizabethan Language and Literature

byCatherine Bates

Paperback | December 14, 2006

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In the sixteenth century the modern meaning of courtship - 'wooing someone' - developed from an older sense - 'being at court'. The Rhetoric of Courtship takes this semantic shift as the starting point for an incisive account of the practice and meanings of courtship at the court of Elizabeth I, where 'being at court' pre-eminently came to mean the same as 'wooing' the Queen. Exploring the wider context of social anthropology, philology, cultural and literary history, Catherine Bates presents courtship as a judicious, sensitive and rhetorically conscious understanding of public and private relations. Gascoigne, Lyly, Sidney, Leicester, Essex, and Spenser are shown to reflect in the fictional courtships of their poetry and prose the vulnerabilities of court life that were created by the system of patronage. The Rhetoric of Courtship thus makes an important contribution to Renaissance cultural history, using the court of Elizabeth I as a test case for representations of the courtier's role and power in the literature of the period.
Title:The Rhetoric of Courtship in Elizabethan Language and LiteratureFormat:PaperbackDimensions:252 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.59 inPublished:December 14, 2006Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations; Acknowledgements; Prologue; 1. The rhetoric of courtship: an introduction; 2. The semantics of courtship; 3. Courtship at court: some pageants and entertainments at the court of Elizabeth I; 4. 'Courtly courtesies': ambivalent courtships in Euphues, Euphues and his England, and the Arcadia; 5. 'Of Court it seemes, men Courtesie doe call': the Amoretti, Epithalamion, and The Faerie Queene, book VI; Epilogue; Notes; Bibliography; Index.