The Renaissance epic and the oral past /
Anthony Welch.
New Haven : Yale University Press, c2012.
viii, 260 p.
0300178867 (pbk. : alk. paper), 9780300178869 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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New Haven : Yale University Press, c2012.
0300178867 (pbk. : alk. paper)
9780300178869 (pbk. : alk. paper)
contents note
Tasso's silent lyre -- The oldest song: Ronsard and Spenser -- Interchapter: The lutanist and the nightingale -- Harps in Babylon: Cowley, Davenant, Butler -- Milton's lament -- Epic opera -- Coda: The singer withdraws.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 227-245) and index.
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This book explores why Renaissance epic poetry clung to fictions of song and oral performance in an age of growing literacy. Sixteenth- and seventeenth-century poets, Anthony Welch argues, came to view their written art as newly distinct from the oral cultures of their ancestors. Welch shows how the period's writers imagined lost civilizations built on speech and songfrom Homeric Greece and Celtic Britain to the Americasand struggled to reconcile this oral inheritance with an early modern culture of the book. Welch's wide-ranging study offers a new perspective on Renaissance Europe's epic literature and its troubled relationship with antiquity.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introductionp. 1
Tasso's Silent Lyrep. 21
The Oldest Song: Ronsard and Spenserp. 50
Interchapter The Lutanist and the Nightingalep. 89
Harps in Babylon: Cowley, Davenant, Butlerp. 107
Milton's Lamentp. 140
Epic Operap. 172
Coda: The Singer Withdrawsp. 195
Notesp. 199
Bibliographyp. 227
Indexp. 247
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