By Kent Cartwright
A spouse to Tudor Literature provides a set of thirty-one newly commissioned essays targeting English literature and tradition from the reign of Henry VII in 1485 to the demise of Elizabeth I in 1603.
- Presents scholars with a priceless ancient and cultural context to the period
- Discusses key texts and consultant matters, and explores concerns together with overseas impacts, spiritual switch, trip and New global discoveries, women’s writing, technological thoughts, medievalism, print tradition, and advancements in track and in modes of seeing and reading
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Regarding the Irish, England sought to distinguish itself racially from them but also feared its potential recidivism into barbaric commonality (Coles). Collectively, these chapters argue that the borders of Tudor culture exhibited a considerable porousness toward international cultural influences. Likewise, determinations of the “Other” or of the English self in relation to the “Other” were so complex and shifting that they surely complicated nascent ideas of national identity. Introduction 9 Wonder, humanness, technê An interest in the Tudor sense of wonder threads its way through many of these chapters.
Technological change, in the form of the printing press, 16 The Reformation, Lollardy, and Catholicism brought new possibilities for the circulation, and personal internalization, of religious knowledge. Nonetheless, at the start of the sixteenth century there was little perception among contemporaries that their world was changing, nor expectation that it should. In religion, as in other walks of life, custom and tradition were the watchwords, and novelty was viewed with a suspicious eye. ” This is not to say that everyone was content with the status quo.
Taking a famous verse epistle by Sir Thomas Wyatt as his starting point, David Carlson discusses in detail the manuscript culture of Henrician poetry and the way that the corporate nature of manuscript poems turns towards individualization, and political critique towards eroticization, with the publication of “Tottel’s Miscellany” in 1557. Next, Helen Smith observes that nascent women’s writing often appropriated the male voice in print, and was otherwise mediated by male presence, yet Smith also complicates notions of women as marginalized writers and, like Carlson (and Suzanne Trill), questions prevailing ideas of “authentic” writing.
A Companion to Tudor Literature by Kent Cartwright