The Intimacy of Manuscript and the Pleasure of Print

Fred Schurink

in The Oxford Handbook of Tudor Literature

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

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

The Intimacy of Manuscript and the Pleasure of Print

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Roger Ascham's The Schoolmaster (1570) and John Lyly's Euphues (1578) were two of the most popular and influential works of Elizabethan England. Surprisingly perhaps, Ascham's educational manual and Lyly's fictional narrative have quite a few elements in common. The most obvious link is the name Euphues, which Lyly took from Ascham' handbook. This article revisits the question of the relationship between The Schoolmaster and Euphues, and its connection to broader developments in the literature of the period. After sketching out briefly the prevailing view of the relation between the two works, it considers both The Schoolmaster and Euphues in some detail. It attempts to offer a different, but complementary, interpretation of the connection between the texts and the shift in literary culture they mark. The focus is on the form of the two works, in the sense of both their textual formation or genre and their material format (manuscript or print), in relation to the conditions of the production and consumption of literature in the period.

Keywords: Roger Ascham; John Lyly; educational manual; fictional narrative; literary culture

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Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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