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The Resource Rhetoric of courtship in Elizabethan language and literature

Rhetoric of courtship in Elizabethan language and literature

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Rhetoric of courtship in Elizabethan language and literature
Title
Rhetoric of courtship in Elizabethan language and literature
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
In the sixteenth century the modern meaning of courtship--'wooing someone'--developed from an older sense-- 'being at court'. The rhetoric of courtship in Elizabethan language and literature takes this semantic shift as the starting-point for an incisive account of the practice and meanings of courtship at the court of Elizabeth I, a place where 'being at court' pre-eminently came to mean the same as 'wooing' the Queen. Exploring the wider context of social anthropology, philology, and cultural and literary history, Catherine Bates presents courtship as a judicious, sensitive, and rhetorically aware understanding of public and private relations. Gascoigne, Lyly, Sidney, Leicester, Essex, and Spenser are shown to reflect in the fictional courtships of their poetry and prose the vulnerabilities of court life that were created by the system of patronage. These writers exploited the structural and semantic ambivalence of courtship in order to rehearse alternative experiences of failure and success, producing richly polyvalent and complex texts in which often conflicting strategies and devices are seen to compete and overlap with each other. The rhetoric of courtship thus makes an important contribution to Renaissance cultural history, exploring the multiple meanings of 'courtship' in the sixteenth century, and using the court of Elizabeth I as a test case for representations of the courtier's role and power in the literature of the period
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1964-
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Bates, Catherine
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no index present
Literary form
non fiction
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  • English literature
  • Authors and patrons
  • Courts and courtiers in literature
  • Courtly love in literature
  • Courtship in literature
  • Courtesy in literature
  • Rhetoric
  • Great Britain
Label
Rhetoric of courtship in Elizabethan language and literature
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 214-232) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. The rhetoric of courtship: an introduction -- 2. The semantics of courtship -- 3. Courtship at court: some pageants and entertainments at the court of Elizabeth I -- 4. 'Courtly courtesies': ambivalent courtships in Euphues, Euphues and his England, and the Arcadia -- 5. 'Of Court it seemes, men Courtesie doe call': the Amoretti, Epithalamion, and The Faerie Queene, book VI
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xi, 236 pages
Isbn
9780521414807
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
Rhetoric of courtship in Elizabethan language and literature
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 214-232) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. The rhetoric of courtship: an introduction -- 2. The semantics of courtship -- 3. Courtship at court: some pageants and entertainments at the court of Elizabeth I -- 4. 'Courtly courtesies': ambivalent courtships in Euphues, Euphues and his England, and the Arcadia -- 5. 'Of Court it seemes, men Courtesie doe call': the Amoretti, Epithalamion, and The Faerie Queene, book VI
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xi, 236 pages
Isbn
9780521414807
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations

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