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Courtly Letters in the Age of Henry VIII : Literary Culture and the Arts of Deceit - Seth Lerer

Courtly Letters in the Age of Henry VIII

Literary Culture and the Arts of Deceit

Hardcover Published: 28th August 1997
ISBN: 9780521590013
Number Of Pages: 270

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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.

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"...Lerer has written an elegant book. His chapters are grounded in close readings of literary texts, and he has presented a nuanced, challenging argument in well-turned phrases free of theoretical jargon." Mary Hill Cole, Mary Baldwin College "Lerer's is one of the most impressive of the volumes I've read." Frank Kermode in the London Review of Books "Lerer also offers some strong readings, especially of King Henry's love letters. And he comments well on manuscript collections of verse. This book belongs in libraries supporting graduate work in English literature and history." E.D. Hill, Choice

List of illustrations
Note on editions and abbreviations
Pretexts: Chaucer-s Pandarus and the origins of courtly discourse
The King-s Pandars: performing courtiership in the 1510s
The King-s hand: body politics in the letters of Henry VIII
Private quotations, public memories: Troilus and Criseyde and the politics of the manuscript anthology
Wyatt, Chaucer, Tottel: the verse epistle and the subjects of the courtly lyric
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ISBN: 9780521590013
ISBN-10: 0521590019
Series: Cambridge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 270
Published: 28th August 1997
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.62 x 15.9  x 1.93
Weight (kg): 0.48