Verse Libel in Renaissance England and Scotland

Hardcover | December 15, 2016

bySteven W. May, Alan Bryson

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In Renaissance England and Scotland, verse libel was no mere sub-division of verse satire but a fully-developed, widely-read poetic genre in its own right. This fact has been hidden from literary historians by the nature of the genre itself: defamation was rigorously prosecuted by state andlocal authorities throughout the period. Thus most (but not all) libeling, in verse or prose, was confined to manuscript circulation. This comprehensive survey of the genre identifies all sixteenth-century libel texts, printed and transcribed. It makes fifty-two of the least familiar of these poemsaccessible for further study by providing critical texts with glosses and explanatory notes. In reconstructing the contexts of these poems, we identify a number of the libellers, their targets, the circumstances of attack, and the workings of the scribal networks that disseminated many of them overwide areas, often for decades. The book's concentration on poems restricted to manuscript circulation throws substantial new light on the nature of Renaissance scribal culture. As poetic technicians, its practitioners were among the age's most experimental and creative. They produced some of the most popular, widely read works oftheir age and beyond, while their output established the foundation upon which the seventeenth-century tradition of verse libel developed organically.

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In Renaissance England and Scotland, verse libel was no mere sub-division of verse satire but a fully-developed, widely-read poetic genre in its own right. This fact has been hidden from literary historians by the nature of the genre itself: defamation was rigorously prosecuted by state andlocal authorities throughout the period. Thus ...

Steven W. May was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, earned his B.A. at Rockford College, Rockford, Illinois, and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees at the University of Chicago. He taught English at Augustana College, Northern Illinois University, and for thirty-five years at Georgetown College, Georgetown, Kentucky. He retired to Atlanta in 2004...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:464 pagesPublished:December 15, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198739214

ISBN - 13:9780198739210

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PrefaceIntroduction: Verse Libel in Renaissance England and ScotlandLibel Texts with Notes and CommentaryAppendix A: Bibliography of Elizabethan Verse Libels Edited from ManuscriptsIndex of Manuscripts CitedWorks CitedFirst-Line Index of Edited Poems