Jonson, Shakespeare and Early Modern Virgil

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Cambridge University Press, 2006 M11 23 - 280 páginas
In this wide-ranging and original study, Margaret Tudeau-Clayton examines how Virgil--the poet as well as his texts--was mediated in early modern England. She analyzes what was at stake in the reproduction and circulation of these mediations of Virgil, focusing specifically on the works of Ben Jonson and on one of Shakespeare's most resonantly Virgilian plays, The Tempest. She argues that the play offers a complex model of cultural and socio-political resistance by engaging critically not only with contemporary mediations of Virgil, but with the ways they were used, especially by Jonson, to reproduce structures of authority (in relation to nature and language as well as to the socio-political order). She also shows how instructive comparisons may be drawn between the ways Virgil was constructed and used in early modern England and the ways Shakespeare has been constructed and used, especially as national poet, from the early modern period until our own time.
 

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PART
8
MODERN ENGLAND
21
an English schoolboys
44
the learned mans Virgils
78
PART
110
Jonsons use of Virgil
150
The Tempest and figures
194
Bibliography
245
Index
262
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