The Poetry of Kissing in Early Modern Europe: 34: From the Catullan Revival to Secundus, Shakespeare and the English Cavaliers - Studies in Renaissance Literature (Hardback)Alex Wong (author)
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This book offers a critical account of the Renaissance kiss-poem, using an abundance of vivid and often racy examples, many of them drawn from authors who are all but forgotten today. It shows that the genre had a sophisticated rationale and clear but flexible conventions. These include habits of irony, mood and structure that proved widely influential, and some slippery, self-conscious ways of dealing with masculine sexuality. Presenting new readings of English writers including Sidney, Shakespeare and Donne, the study also reminds us how important Neo-Latin writing was to the literary culture of early modern Britain. A number of well known texts are thus placed in a context unfamiliar to most modern scholars, in order to show how deftly their kisses engage with an international tradition of humanist poetry.
Alex Wong is currently a Research Fellow in English literature at St John's College, University of Cambridge.
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Ltd
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 796 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 30 mm
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