Criticism and compliment : the politics of literature in the England of Charles I

Kevin Sharpe

Criticism and Compliment examines the poems, plays and masques of the three figures who succeeded Ben Jonson as authors of court entertainments in the England of Charles I. The courtly literature of Caroline England has been dismissed by critics and characterised by historians as propaganda for Charles I's absolutism penned by sycophantic hirelings. Kevin Sharpe questions the assumptions on which these evaluations have been based. Challenging the traditional argument for a polarity between court and country cultures in early Stuart England, he re-reads the plays, poems and masques as primary documents of political attitudes articulated at court. Far from being confined to a decade or a party, the courtly literature of the 1630s is relocated within the broader humanist tradition of counsel. Through the language of love - a language, it is argued, that was part of the discourse of politics in Caroline England - the court poets criticised fundamental premises of the King's political ideology, and counselled traditional and moderate modes of government.

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  • List of illustrations
  • Preface and acknowledgements
  • List of abbreviations
  • 1. Culture and politics, court and country: assumptions and problems, questions and suggestions
  • 2. Sir William Davenant and the drama of love and passion
  • 3. Thomas Carew and the poetry of love and nature
  • 4. Aurelian Townshend and the poetry of natural innocence
  • 5. The Caroline court masque
  • 6. Criticism and compliment: the politics of love
  • Index.

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書名 Criticism and compliment : the politics of literature in the England of Charles I
著作者等 Sharpe, Kevin
Guy, John
Morrill, John
Fletcher, Anthony
シリーズ名 Cambridge studies in early modern British history
出版元 Cambridge University Press
刊行年月 1990
ページ数 xiii, 309 p.
大きさ 23 cm
ISBN 0521386616
NCID BA11322454
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言語 英語
出版国 イギリス