Elizabethan Women and the Poetry of Courtship

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Cambridge University Press, 1998 - 262 Seiten
This book offers an original study of lyric form and social custom in the Elizabethan age. Ilona Bell explores the tendency of Elizabethan love poems not only to represent an amorous thought, but to conduct the courtship itself. Where recent studies have focused on courtiership, patronage and preferment at court, her focus is on love poetry, amorous courtship, and relations between Elizabethan men and women. The book examines the ways in which the tropes and rhetoric of love poetry were used to court Elizabethan women (not only at court and in the great houses, but in society at large) and how the women responded to being wooed, in prose, poetry and speech. Bringing together canonical male poets and recently discovered women writers, Ilona Bell investigates a range of texts addressed to, written by, read, heard or transformed by Elizabethan women, and charts the beginnings of an early modern female lyric tradition.
 

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An Elizabethan poetics of courtship
15
The practice of Elizabethan courtship
33
The lyric dialogue of Elizabethan courtship
53
Anne Vavasour and Henry Lee
75
A female lyric tradition
100
Daniels lyric dialogue of courtship
126
Spensers Amoretti
152
Epilogue
185
Works cited
230
Index
258
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