The Work of Form: Poetics and Materaility in Early Modern Culture

Hardcover | July 26, 2014

EditorElizabeth Scott-Baumann, Ben Burton

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The Work of Form: Poetics and Materiality in Early Modern Culture explores the resurgent interest in literary form and aesthetics in early modern english studies. Essays by leading international scholars reflect on the legacy of historicist approaches and on calls for a renewal of formalistanalysis as both a tool and as a defence of our object of study as literary critics. This collection addresses the possibilities as well as the challenges of combining these critical traditions; it tests and reflects on these through practice. It also establishes new lines of enquiry by expandingdefinitions of form to include the material as well as theoretical implications of the term and explores the early modern roots of these connections. The period's most famous poets such as Sidney, Spenser, Shakespeare, Jonson, and Jonson appear alongside Anne Southwell, Thomas Campion, and manyanonymous poets and songwriters.The Work of Form brings together contributors from literary history, historicism, manuscript study, prosodic theory, the history of music, history of the book, as well as print and manuscript culture. It represents avowedly political historical work, alongside aesthetic and theoretical frameworks,work bridging literature and music, and cognitive poetics. In bringing together these diverse commitments, it addresses urgent questions about how we can understand and analyse literary form in a historically-rooted way, and demands rigorous discussion about the status of formal and aestheticconsiderations in editing, in literary criticism, and in teaching.

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The Work of Form: Poetics and Materiality in Early Modern Culture explores the resurgent interest in literary form and aesthetics in early modern english studies. Essays by leading international scholars reflect on the legacy of historicist approaches and on calls for a renewal of formalistanalysis as both a tool and as a defence of ou...

Elizabeth Scott-Baumann is Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at King's College London. She is the author of Forms of Engagement: Women, Poetry, and Culture 1640-1680 (OUP) and co-edited The Intellectual Culture of Puritan Women (Palgrave, 2010) with Johanna Harris. She is also editing an anthology of Women Poets of the English Civil War f...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.98 inPublished:July 26, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198702817

ISBN - 13:9780198702818

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Nigel Smith: Foreword1. Elizabeth Scott-Baumann and Ben Burton: The Work of Form: Poetics and Materiality in Early Modern Culture2. Heather Dubrow: 'You may be wondering why I called you all here today': Patterns of Gathering in the Early Modern Print Lyric3. Joshua Scodel: Allusions and Distinctions: Pentameter Couplets in Ben Jonson's Epigrams and Forest4. Ben Burton: Forms of Worship: Shakespeare's Sonnets, Ritual, and the Genealogy of formalism5. Richard Strier: Bondage and the Lyric: Philosophical and Formal, especially Renaissance6. Raphael Lyne: Thinking in Stanzas: Venus and Adonis and The Rape of Lucrece7. Katherine Larson: A Poetics of Song8. Gavin Alexander: On the Reuse of Poetic Form: The Ghost in the Shell9. Danielle Clarke and Marie-Louise Coolahan: Gender, Reception, and Form: Early Modern Women and the Making of Verse10. Alice Eardley: 'I haue not time to point yr booke . . . which I desire you yourselfe to doe': Editing the Form of Women's Manuscript Verse11. J. Paul Hunter: Poetry on the Page: Visual Signalling and the Mind's EarAngela Leighton: The Work of Form: Some Afterwords