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The Making of Courtly Makers

Jonathan Goldberg

in Sodometries

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print March 2010 | ISBN: 9780823232215
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823241217 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fordham/9780823232215.003.0002
The Making of Courtly Makers

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George Puttenham's Arte of English Poesie has become a master key for understanding the relations between literature and sociopolitical formations in the Elizabethan period. Puttenham's authorizing role for recent critical practices also has been duly noted — by Jonathan Crewe, whose work on Tudor and Elizabethan literature is implicated everywhere in the pages that follow. As Crew admits, Book II of Puttenham's Arte, devoted to “Proportion”, has proved largely inassimilable to his and others' historicizing projects; perhaps for that reason, the final anecdote in Book II to which the author turns has gone virtually unnoticed.

Keywords: George Puttenham; Jonathan Crewe; Tudor; Elizabethan; Arte of English Poesie

Chapter.  12057 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literature

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