'ungainefull Arte': Poetry, Patronage, And Print In The Early Modern Era.

'ungainefull Arte': Poetry, Patronage, And Print In The Early Modern Era

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  • ISBN 10: 0198716524
  • ISBN 13: 9780198716525


This study examines how traditional modes of literary patronage responded to the challenge of print, as the economies of gift-exchange competed with those of the marketplace. It seeks to determine what sort of aesthetic influence patronage exerted and how this altered over time as courtly dedications were increasingly juxtaposed with epistles 'To the Reader'. It considers how patronal relationships figure in Early Modern theories of literature and what effect, ifany, such theories had in practice. It looks at the various ways in which the emergent sociology of the book trade became inscribed in Early Modern literature as poets attempted to reconcile Classicaland Medieval concepts of authorship with the demands of an increasingly commercialized ethos. By setting English Literature from Caxton to Jonson in the context of the most influential Classical and Italian templates it affords a wide comparative context for the reassessment of patronage both as a social practice and a literary theme.

Other Details

  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Language: En
  • Edition: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Date Published: 2016
  • Authors: Mccabe, Richard