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Labyrinth of desire : invention and culture in the work of Sir Philip Sidney /
William Craft.
Newark : University of Delaware Press ; London : Associated University Presses, c1994.
xiii, 163 p. ; 24 cm.
0874135222 (alk. paper)
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Newark : University of Delaware Press ; London : Associated University Presses, c1994.
0874135222 (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 151-158) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1995-05:
Craft offers a fresh approach to the writings of Sir Philip Sidney, with particular attention to New Arcadia. Craft urges that we not make Sidney a prisoner of his age: his literary work throughout "is marked by a refusal to settle for false closure, by a willingness to extend the inventions of his culture until their limits plainly appear, by an unwillingness to deny the possibility of irony and the reality of contingency." This view of Sidney as an Elizabethan avatar of the liberal imagination produces some graceful critical comments on plot and character: according to Craft, readers of Sidney's revised Arcadia experience the same disorientation as the characters. The point is well taken, though perhaps not quite strong or unfamiliar enough to support even this brief a book without some tedium. But Craft knows Sidney and the Sidney scholarship well; future commentators will benefit from his many felicitous observations. Recommended for college and university collections. E. D. Hill; Mount Holyoke College
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Craft argues that the old and new historicist conflict between Sidney the transcendent humanist poet and Sidney the erotically and politically frustrated courtier obscures Sidney's own poetic practice.
Table of Contents
Right Poetryp. 3
The Invention of Justicep. 25
The Invention of Erosp. 53
The Work of Inventionp. 76
Right Readingp. 106
Notesp. 125
Bibliographyp. 151
Indexp. 159
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