Tottel's Songes and Sonettes in Context

Tottel's Songes and Sonettes in Context

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The eight essays within this volume offer the first sustained analysis of the ways that consumers read and understood Songes and Sonettes (1557), a radically new and highly influential form of poetic collection compiled by printer Richard Tottel. Embracing a broad range of critical and historical perspectives, contributors explore how ‘Tottel’s Miscellany’ engaged politics, friendship, religion, sexuality, gender, morality and commerce in complex-and at times, contradictory-ways.

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Though printer Richard Tottel’s Songes and Sonettes (1557) remains the most influential poetic collection printed in the sixteenth century, the compiliation has long been ignored or misundertood by scholars of early modern English culture. Embracing a broad range of critical and historical perspectives, the eight essays within this volume offer the first sustained analysis of the many ways that consumers read and understood Songes and Sonettes as an anthology over the course of the early modern period. Copied by a monarch, set to music, sung, carried overseas, studied, appropriated, rejected, edited by consumers, transferred to manuscript, and gifted by Shakespeare, this muti-author verse anthology of 280 poems transformed sixteenth-century English language and culture. With at least eleven printings before the end of Elizabeth I’s reign, Tottel’s ground-breaking text greatly influenced the poetic publications that followed, including individual and multi-author miscellanies. Contributors to this essay collection explore how, in addition to offering a radically new kind of English verse, ‘Tottel’s Miscellany’ engaged politics, friendship, religion, sexuality, gender, morality and commerce in complex-and at times, contradictory-ways.

Publisher: Burlington, VT :, Ashgate,, [2013]
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9781409464662
1409464660
9781409464679
Characteristics: 1 online resource (ix, 217 pages)
Additional Contributors: Hamrick, Stephen - Editor

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