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European Literary Careers: The Author from Antiquity to the Renaissance

Book Title

European Literary Careers: The Author from Antiquity to the Renaissance

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Publication Date

12-21-2002

Editors

Patrick Cheney, Frederick A. de Armas

Chapter Title

Renaissance Englishwomen and the Literary Career

Edition

1

Publisher

University of Toronto Press

Place of Publication

Toronto, ON

Keywords

European literature -- History and criticism, Classical literature -- History and criticism

Subject

European literature -- History and criticism, Classical literature -- History and criticism.

Department

English

Disciplines

English Language and Literature

Description

Authorial studies, or 'career criticism' is a new and distinctive branch of interpretive methodology that explores various paths of European careers, particularly literary careers. In this first book-length study in the field various specialists from Italian, French, English, and Spanish studies collectively discuss literary careers spanning from classical antiquity through the Renaissance. They argue that the idea of a literary career evolves slowly, derives centrally from Virgil, and that the periodization from classical, medieval and Renaissance culture helps to elucidate the details of that evolution. Including authors from Theocritus to Spenser, the contributors correlate an author's sense of a career to the period of history in which he or she is writing, foregrounding his or her role in the multi-sphered life of the nation, especially its institutions of family, state, and church. Authorship and agency, genre and genre patterning, imitation and intertextuality, politics and religions, sexuality and gender all become part of the complex template for defining the idea of a literary career. Unique in both scope and topic, this study breaks new ground in current critical theory, allowing for complex interrelations between models of authorial agency and models of social construction.

Comments

Chapter coauthored with Suzanne Woods

ISBN

FBC022

Document Type

Article

European Literary Careers: The Author from Antiquity to the Renaissance

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