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Introduction: To Wander ‘out of the Common Road’

Anne Cotterill

in Digressive Voices in Early Modern English Literature

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199261178
eISBN:
9780191717598
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199261178.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

This introductory chapter opens with a reading Ovid's myth of Daedalus' Cretan labyrinth, well-known to Renaissance students — a figural web whose themes of power and obfuscation, gender, and ... More


The Power of Formalism: The New Historicism

Alan Liu

in Local Transcendence: Essays on Postmodern Historicism and the Database

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226486956
eISBN:
9780226486970
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226486970.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter considers the version of rhetorical exordium the method uses to place its argument in play. Just as Philip Sidney solicits his audience in the Apology for Poetry, so Stephen Greenblatt ... More


Poetry Is Abused

Catherine Bates

in On Not Defending Poetry: Defence and Indefensibility in Sidney's Defence of Poesy

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780198793779
eISBN:
9780191835575
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198793779.003.0011
Subject:
Literature, Poetry, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

The other way the Defence seeks to answer the charge of abuse is by arguing, conversely, that poetry is abused. This section unpacks and deconstructs this reversal by showing that in practice poetry ... More


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