Minerva's Men

Laurie Shannon

in The Oxford Handbook of Tudor Literature

Published in print September 2009 | ISBN: 9780199205882
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

Minerva's Men

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The Inns were the hub of new, sixteenth-century intellectual networks of textual production and exchange — networks that had not only literary effects, but also broadly constitutional consequences. The Inns fostered mutual address by individuals brought together under the new professional, economic, and cosmopolitan circumstances of urban life. The new modes of literary production developed there reflected and enacted these relatively horizontal forms of political relation. This article focuses on three members of this community: Barnabe Googe, George Turbervile, and George Gascoigne. Their ranging textual work has mainly been measured by its lyric component; their lyrics, in turn, have been heavily judged or faintly praised.

Keywords: intellectual networks; textual production; Barnabe Googe; George Turbervile; George Gascoigne; Inns; political relation

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Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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