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Readers and Authorship in Early Modern England - Stephen B. Dobranski

Readers and Authorship in Early Modern England

Hardcover Published: 25th April 2005
ISBN: 9780521842969
Number Of Pages: 242

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While authors in early modern England were gaining new authority - legally, economically and symbolically - Renaissance readers also were expected to participate in and make use of an author's writings. In this book, Stephen B. Dobranski examines how the seventeenth-century phenomenon of printing apparently unfinished works ushered in a new emphasis on authors' responsibility for written texts while it simultaneously reinforced Renaissance practices of active reading. Bringing together textual studies, literary criticism and book trade history, Dobranski provides fresh insight into Renaissance constructions of authorship and offers discerning interpretations of publications by Sir Philip Sidney, Ben Jonson, John Donne, Robert Herrick and John Milton. The omissions in all these writers' works provide a unique window into English literary history: through these blank spaces we glimpse the tension between implication and inference, between writers' intentions and readers' responses and between an individual author and a collaborative community.

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"Dobranski does spotlight the activity of a number of stationers, clearly explaining their most likely courses of action and valuably extending his own readers' view of literary exchange beyond the simplistic dichotomy of authors and readers." - Joshua Eckhardt, Virginia Commonwealth University

Introduction: Renaissance omissions
Reading and writing
Re-writing Sidneys Arcadia (1655)
Jonsons labours lost
The incomplete Poems of John Donne
Herrick unbound
Miltons missing links
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ISBN: 9780521842969
ISBN-10: 0521842964
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 242
Published: 25th April 2005
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.53