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The Culture of Slander in Early Modern England : Cambridge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture - M. Lindsay Kaplan

The Culture of Slander in Early Modern England

Cambridge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture

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Published: 11th January 2007
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Slander constitutes a central social, legal and literary concern of early modern England. A category of discourse which transgresses the law, it offers a more historically grounded and fluid account of power relations between poets and the state than that offered by the commonly accepted model of official censorship. An investigation of slander reveals it to be an effective, unstable and reversible means of repudiating one's opposition that could be deployed by rulers or poets. Spenser, Jonson and Shakespeare each use the paradigm of slander to challenge official criticism of poetry, while contemporary legal theory associates slander with poetry. However, even as rulers themselves make use of slander in the form of propaganda to demonize those they perceive to be their foes, ultimately they are unable to contain completely the threat posed by slanderous accusations against the state.

'... this thoughtful and thought-provoking book deserves a warm welcome.' Renaissance Journal

Acknowledgements
Introduction: censorship versus slander
The paradox of slander
Allegories of defamation in The Faerie Queene Books IV-VI
Satire and the arraignment of the Poetaster
Slander for slander in Measure for Measure
Conclusion
Notes
Works cited
Index
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ISBN: 9780521586375
ISBN-10: 0521586372
Series: Cambridge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 164
Published: 11th January 2007
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.0
Weight (kg): 0.25