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Lanyer : a Renaissance woman poet /
Susanne Woods.
imprint
New York ; Oxford : Oxford University Press, 1999.
description
xiv, 198 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
ISBN
0195124847 (cloth : alk. paper)
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imprint
New York ; Oxford : Oxford University Press, 1999.
isbn
0195124847 (cloth : alk. paper)
catalogue key
3568829
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 163-190) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2000-05-01:
Woods (Wheaton College and Brown Univ.) provides not only a superb introduction to the life and art of the recently rediscovered English poet Aemilia Bassano Lanyer (1569-1645), but also an excellent general background of life at court in Lanyer's time. The daughter of one of Queen Elizabeth's court musicians and the mistress of the Queen's cousin (and Lord Chamberlain), Lanyer was married to Alfonso Lanyer, a court musician, when she became pregnant by her aristocratic lover. Wishing to return to the excitement of court, she used her poetic ability to gain the attention of her principal patron--the Countess of Cumberland (also patron to Edmund Spenser and Samuel Daniel), to whom Lanyer dedicated Salve Deus Rex Judaeorum--and of potential patrons Queen Anne and the Countess of Pembroke. Woods notes a number of influences in Lanyer's poetry, e.g., Spencer and Shakespeare, and discusses her in the context of English religious verse. Informed and well considered, this title is not only the best single work on a neglected poet; thanks to the great depth of her research and her understanding of the period, Woods gives readers insight into an entire age. Highly recommended for all college and university libraries.libraries. A. F. Erlebach; Michigan Technological University
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"In Lanyer, the poet...is treated to full, reliable, wholly professional and often very instructive critical examination. Even those with no feminist interests will benefit from such widely applicable analyses such as that in which we see the problems of iconography long established in aCatholic context revised for Reformation use."--Bibliotheque d'Humanisme et Renaissance
"In Lanyer, the poet...is treated to full, reliable, wholly professionaland often very instructive critical examination. Even those with no feministinterests will benefit from such widely applicable analyses such as that inwhich we see the problems of iconography long established in a Catholic contextrevised for Reformation use."--Bibliotheque d'Humanisme et Renaissance
"Specialists in Lanyer should not be the only ones to greet Woods's latest book with enthusiasm...Students and teachers...will find this a most helpful resource. Likewise, those whose interest in literature by women has led them back in time to periods with which they are not entirelyfamiliar will find this an excellent study, as it combines meticulous scholarship and close readings to situate Lanyer thematically and stylistically in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries."--Christianity and Literature
"Specialists in Lanyer should not be the only ones to greet Woods's latestbook with enthusiasm...Students and teachers...will find this a most helpfulresource. Likewise, those whose interest in literature by women has led themback in time to periods with which they are not entirely familiar will find thisan excellent study, as it combines meticulous scholarship and close readings tosituate Lanyer thematically and stylistically in the late sixteenth and earlyseventeenth centuries."--Christianity and Literature
"Woods has been a pioneer of Lanyer scholarship alongside Lewalski, and this study of Lanyer will further enliven the ongoing debate about Lanyer, the canon, and the merits of various approaches to literature, particularly literature by women. [Her] approach is thoughtful and creative, and itopens up Lanyer's poems in many ways that enrich our understanding of them. [Lanyer] must be of interest to all students of early modern literature and culture."--Journal of English and Germanic Philology
"Woods has been a pioneer of Lanyer scholarship alongside Lewalski, andthis study of Lanyer will further enliven the ongoing debate about Lanyer, thecanon, and the merits of various approaches to literature, particularlyliterature by women. [Her] approach is thoughtful and creative, and it opens upLanyer's poems in many ways that enrich our understanding of them. [Lanyer]must be of interest to all students of early modern literature andculture."--Journal of English and Germanic Philology
"Woods provides not only a superb introduction to the life and art of the recently rediscovered English poet Aemilia Bassano Lanyer (1569-1645), but also an excellent general background of life at court in Lanyer's time....Informed and well considered, this title is not only the best singlework on a neglected poet; thanks to the great depth of her research and her understanding of the period, Woods gives readers insight into an entire age. Highly recommended for all college and university libraries."--Choice
"Woods provides not only a superb introduction to the life and art of therecently rediscovered English poet Aemilia Bassano Lanyer (1569-1645), but alsoan excellent general background of life at court in Lanyer's time....Informedand well considered, this title is not only the best single work on a neglectedpoet; thanks to the great depth of her research and her understanding of theperiod, Woods gives readers insight into an entire age. Highly recommended forall college and university libraries."--Choice
"Woods provides not only a superb introduction to the life and art of the recently rediscovered English poet Aemilia Bassano Lanyer (1569-1645), but also an excellent general background of life at court in Lanyer's time....Informed and well considered, this title is not only the best single work on a neglected poet; thanks to the great depth of her research and her understanding of the period, Woods gives readers insight into an entire age. Highly recommendedfor all college and university libraries."--Choice"Specialists in Lanyer should not be the only ones to greet Woods's latest book with enthusiasm...Students and teachers...will find this a most helpful resource. Likewise, those whose interest in literature by women has led them back in time to periods with which they are not entirely familiar will find this an excellent study, as it combines meticulous scholarship and close readings to situate Lanyer thematically and stylistically in the late sixteenth andearly seventeenth centuries."--Christianity and Literature"In Lanyer, the poet...is treated to full, reliable, wholly professional and often very instructive critical examination. Even those with no feminist interests will benefit from such widely applicable analyses such as that in which we see the problems of iconography long established in a Catholic context revised for Reformation use."--Bibliothèque d'Humanisme et Renaissance"Woods has been a pioneer of Lanyer scholarship alongside Lewalski, and this study of Lanyer will further enliven the ongoing debate about Lanyer, the canon, and the merits of various approaches to literature, particularly literature by women. [Her] approach is thoughtful and creative, and it opens up Lanyer's poems in many ways that enrich our understanding of them. [Lanyer] must be of interest to all students of early modern literature andculture."--Journal of English and Germanic Philology
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Summaries
Long Description
Aemilia Bassano Lanyer published poetry to and for women in 1611, at the height of the largely misogynistic reign of James I. Her verse complements and extends our view of her contemporaries, such as Spenser, Shakespeare, Jonson, and Donne, whose work in turn provides a context for her unique and engaging voice. This book situates Lanyer within the rich tradition of Jacobean poetry.
Long Description
Aemilia Bassano Lanyer sought public fame as a poet in 1611, at the height of the largely misogynistic reign of James I. This book situates her life and work among those major poets of Elizabethan and Jacobean England with whom she may have had some contact, such as Spenser, Shakespeare, Jonson, and Donne, and who represent the context for her own unique voice.
Main Description
Aemilia Bassano Lanyer published poetry to and for women in 1611, at the height of the largely misogynistic reign of James I. Her verse complements and extends our view of her contemporaries, such as Spenser, Shakespeare, Jonson, and Donne, whose work in turn provides a context for her uniqueand engaging voice. This book situates Lanyer within the rich tradition of Jacobean poetry.
Table of Contents
Lanyer in her Worldp. 3
Lanyer and Spenserp. 42
Lanyer and Shakespearep. 72
Lanyer and Jonsonp. 99
Lanyer and English Religious Versep. 126
Notesp. 163
Indexp. 191
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