Cambridge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture: Sonnet Sequences and Social Distinction in Renaissance England Series Number 49 (Hardback)
  • Cambridge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture: Sonnet Sequences and Social Distinction in Renaissance England Series Number 49 (Hardback)
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Cambridge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture: Sonnet Sequences and Social Distinction in Renaissance England Series Number 49 (Hardback)

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Hardback 256 Pages / Published: 28/07/2005
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Why were sonnet sequences popular in Renaissance England? In this study, Christopher Warley suggests that sonneteers created a vocabulary to describe, and to invent, new forms of social distinction before an explicit language of social class existed. The tensions inherent in the genre - between lyric and narrative, between sonnet and sequence - offered writers a means of reconceptualizing the relation between individuals and society, a way to try to come to grips with the broad social transformations taking place at the end of the sixteenth century. By stressing the struggle over social classification, the book revises studies that have tied the influence of sonnet sequences to either courtly love or to Renaissance individualism. Drawing on Marxist aesthetic theory, it offers detailed examinations of sequences by Lok, Sidney, Spenser, Shakespeare and Milton. It will be valuable to readers interested in Renaissance and genre studies, and post-Marxist theories of class.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521842549
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 550 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Review of the hardback: '... a bold book that should be welcomed by anyone keen to open up debate about the early modern period.' The Times Literary Supplement
Review of the hardback: 'This is a fascinating, groundbreaking work, which should permanently adjust our view of the early modern sonnet sequence.' Shakespeare Quarterly
"...his voice commands attention." - Gordon Braden, University of Virginia
"Warley's book is interesting and highly provocative...His close attention to multiple meanings of significant terms and his prolific research is impressive." --Mary Keating, Cape Berton University: Renaissance Quarterly Review

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