Chapter

Godly Prototypes

Jessica Martin

in Walton’s Lives

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780198270157
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683930 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198270157.003.0003

Series: Walton’s Lives

Godly Prototypes

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In seeking generic prototypes for biography of the kind that Walton wrote, this chapter makes reference to eulogy and Plutarchan biography as discussed in the previous chapters. In this chapter, genre is set aside for thematic specifics. As the discussion veers away from the shape of the tributaries associated with Waltonian narratives, the chapter attempts to look into the common factors that are adapted or collected and run together to comprise fluid substance. The prototypes that these produce, however, are viewed in more contemporary terms as they demarcate the patterns that Renaissance readers utilize in choosing components and versions that seem appropriate for their circumstances. The term ‘godly prototypes’ thus refers to the search for the generic prototypes of Walton and for the ‘prototypical constructions’ that are shared by all tributary genres.

Keywords: tributaries; Waltonian narratives; godly prototypes; prototypical constructions; Renaissance

Chapter.  39401 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religious Studies

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