Writing after Sidney: The Literary Response to Sir Philip by Gavin Alexander

By Gavin Alexander

Writing After Sidney examines the literary reaction to Sir Philip Sidney (1554-86), writer of the Arcadia, Astrophil and Stella, and The Defence of Poesy, and the main instantly influential author of the Elizabethan interval. It does so through having a look heavily either at Sidney and at 4 writers who had a tremendous stake in his afterlife: his sister Mary Sidney, his brother Robert Sidney, his ally Fulke Greville, and his niece Mary Wroth. even as those authors wrote their very own works according to Sidney they offered his existence and writings to the area, and have been formed by way of different writers as his literary and political heirs. Readings of those 5 imperative authors are embedded in a extra basic research of the literary and cultural scene within the years after Sidney's loss of life, analyzing the paintings of such writers as Spenser, Jonson, Daniel, Drayton, and Herbert. The learn makes use of quite a lot of manuscript and published assets, and key use is made up of views from Renaissance literary thought, in particular Renaissance rhetoric. The booklet goals to return to a greater realizing of the character of Sidney's impression at the literature of the fifty or so years after his demise in 1586; it additionally goals to enhance our knowing either one of Sidney and of the opposite writers mentioned through constructing a extra nuanced method of the questions of imitation and instance so imperative to Renaissance literature. It thereby provides to the overall shop of our figuring out of ways writing of the English Renaissance provided examples to later readers and writers, and of the way it encountered and spoke back to such examples itself.

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AS 21, 12–14) It is important that this sonnet ends with a reason for loving, and for writing poetry, that is only semi-articulate. No articulate reasons will ever be given. In all the fictionalized versions of Sidney’s origins as a poet, love is to blame, but it stands for something else, for the frustration of Sidney’s designs on the world, for the failure of his career quite to take off: just as Astrophil and Philisides fall in love, Sidney falls into literature. ⁴⁸ Greville calls the Arcadia ‘delicate, though inferior, pictures of himself’,⁴⁹ as if his mind is preserved in the text.

Roche, Jr, Petrarch and the English Sonnet Sequences (New York, 1989), esp. ch. 5; drama: M. C. Andrews, ‘Sidney’s Arcadia on the English Stage’ (unpublished doctoral dissertation, Duke University, 1966). Other references can be gleaned from Sir Philip Sidney: An Annotated Bibliography, ed. Stump, and are found in Chapters 6 and 8 below. Introduction xxxv in a later text or writer that would be invisible without viewing it as a response to him. The response can be seen as an answer to a question, and that answer may pose another question in turn.

Ch. 5; drama: M. C. Andrews, ‘Sidney’s Arcadia on the English Stage’ (unpublished doctoral dissertation, Duke University, 1966). Other references can be gleaned from Sir Philip Sidney: An Annotated Bibliography, ed. Stump, and are found in Chapters 6 and 8 below. Introduction xxxv in a later text or writer that would be invisible without viewing it as a response to him. The response can be seen as an answer to a question, and that answer may pose another question in turn. This exercise is worth conducting because Sidney and his contemporaries are especially concerned with questions of literary imitation and debt, and with ways in which writing has an impact on its readers.

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