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Poetry and Paternity in Renaissance England : Sidney, Spenser, Shakespeare, Donne and Jonson - Tom MacFaul

Poetry and Paternity in Renaissance England

Sidney, Spenser, Shakespeare, Donne and Jonson

Hardcover Published: 17th June 2010
ISBN: 9780521191104
Number Of Pages: 288

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Becoming a father was the main way that an individual in the English Renaissance could be treated as a full member of the community. Yet patriarchal identity was by no means as secure as is often assumed: when poets invoke the idea of paternity in love poetry and other forms, they are therefore invoking all the anxieties that a culture with contradictory notions of sexuality imposed. This study takes these anxieties seriously, arguing that writers such as Sidney and Spenser deployed images of childbirth to harmonize public and private spheres, to develop a full sense of selfhood in their verse, and even to come to new accommodations between the sexes. Shakespeare, Donne and Jonson, in turn, saw the appeal of the older poets' aims, but resisted their more radical implications. The result is a fiercely personal yet publicly-committed poetry that wouldn't be seen again until the time of the Romantics.

Review of the hardback: 'Enlightening.' The Times Literary Supplement
'MacFaul's argument is neat and controlled.' Notes and Queries
"On the whole, the book's analysis remains grounded in vigorous close readings of the numerous poems that use images of fatherhood, 'conceit', fruitfulness, childbirth, and posterity." -KATHRYN R. MCPHERSON,Utah Valley University

Acknowledgmentsp. viii
List of abbreviationsp. ix
Presumptive fathersp. 1
Uncertain paternity: the indifferent ideology of patriarchyp. 36
The childish love of Philip Sidney and Fulke Grevillep. 63
Spenser's timely fruit: generation in The Faerie Queenep. 95
'We desire increase': Shakespeare's non-dramatic poetryp. 130
John Donne's rhetorical contraceptionp. 160
'To propagate their names': Ben Jonson as poetic godfatherp. 188
Coda: Sonsp. 226
Notesp. 234
Bibliographyp. 258
Indexp. 272
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ISBN: 9780521191104
ISBN-10: 0521191106
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 17th June 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 16.2  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.59