Framing Elizabethan Fictions: Contemporary Approaches to Early Modern Narrative Prose (Google eBook)

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Constance Caroline Relihan
Kent State University Press, 1996 - Literary Criticism - 274 pages
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Elizabethan fiction has profited from the newer modes of critical inquiry. Such texts as George Gascoigne's The Adventures of Master F. J., John Lyly's Euphues, George Pettie's A Petite Palace of Pettie his Pleasure, or Nicholas Breton's The Miseries of Mavilla have often been seen as the work of "hack" writers, inelegant aberrations that demonstrated little about the culture of 16th-century Britain or the development of English fiction.
This collection of original essays draws on a wide range of critical and theoretical approaches, especially those influenced by various elements of feminism, Marxism, and cultural studies. They illuminate the richness of canonical examples of Elizabethan fiction (Sidney's Arcadia) and less widely read works (Henry Chettle's Piers Plainess).
  

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Contents

The Intersection of Poor Laws and Literature in the Sixteenth
17
Gascoignes Voyeuristic Narrative
41
Visions of Social Mobility in A Petite Pallace ofPettie
55
Gendering Exchange and Authorship
73
Prose Verse and Femininity in Sidneys Old Arcadia
99
The Simple History of Pandostos
117
Rhetoric Gender and Audience Construction in Thomas Nashes
141
Seven Years Prenticeship Contexts
169
Silenced Women
187
Notes
211
Bibliography
247
Contributors
265
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Constance C. Relihan is Hargis Professor of English at Auburn University in Alabama. She is the author of Fashioning Authority: The Development of Elizabethan Novelistic Discourse (Kent State University Press, 1994), editor of Framing Elizabethan Fiction: Contemporary Approaches to Early Modern Narrative Prose, and coeditor with G. Sanivukovic of Prose Fiction and Early Modern Sexualities in England 1570-1640.

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