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Courtly Letters in the Age of Henry VIII

Literary Culture and the Arts of Deceit

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Courtly Letters in the Age of Henry VIII by Seth Lerer
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This revisionary study of the origins of courtly poetry reveals the culture of spectatorship and voyeurism that shaped early Tudor English literary life. Through new research into the reception of Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde, it demonstrates how Pandarus became the model of the early modern courtier. His blend of counsel, secrecy, and eroticism informed the behaviour of poets, lovers, diplomats, and even Henry VIII himself. In close readings of the poetry of Hawes and Skelton, the drama of the court, the letters of Henry VIII to Anne Boleyn, the writings of Thomas Wyatt, and manuscript anthologies and early printed books, Seth Lerer illuminates a 'Pandaric' world of displayed bodies, surreptitious letters, and transgressive performances. In the process, he redraws the boundaries between the medieval and the Renaissance and illustrates the centrality of the verse epistle to the construction of subjectivity.
Release date NZ
August 7th, 1997
Author
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Illustrations
7 b/w illus.
Imprint
Cambridge University Press
Pages
270
Dimensions
152x228x19
ISBN-13
9780521590013
Product ID
1830390

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