The Literary and Political Activity of Manuscript Verse Collectors

Joshua Eckhardt

in Manuscript Verse Collectors and the Politics of Anti-Courtly Love Poetry

Published in print May 2009 | ISBN: 9780199559503
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191721397 | DOI:
The Literary and Political Activity of Manuscript Verse Collectors

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The first chapter introduces early modern English verse collectors, their manuscript verse miscellanies, and the methods that they used to produce these anthologies. After surveying a range of their favorite texts, it discusses a few of the earliest manuscripts of anti-courtly love poems by Christopher Marlowe, Thomas Nashe, and the anonymous author of an enormously popular female monologue spoken during intercourse and beginning, “Nay, phew nay pish? nay faith and will ye, fie.” Finally, the introductory chapter turns to the poetic libels with which collectors recontextualized these and other anti-courtly love poems.

Keywords: collectors; compilers; erotic poems; libels; Marlowe; Nashe; Donne; manuscript production; genre formation

Chapter.  13537 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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