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Title The Oxford handbook of English prose, 1500-1640 / edited by Andrew Hadfield
Edition First edition
Published Oxford, U.K. : Oxford University Press, [2013]
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Description 1 online resource
Series [Oxford handbooks of literature]
Oxford handbooks of literature.
Contents Englishing Eloquence: Sixteenth-Century Arts of Rhetoric and Poetics -- All Talk and No Action? Early Modern Political Dialogue -- Commonplacing and Prose Writing: William Baldwin and Robert Burton -- Romance: Amadis de Gaule and John Barclay's Argenis -- Montaigne and Florio -- Italianate Tales: William Painter and George Pettie -- Classical Translation -- Lazarillo de Tormes and the Picaresque in Early Modern England -- William Baldwin's Beware the Cat and Other Foolish Writing -- The Adventures Passed by Master George Gascoigne: Experiments in Prose -- 'Turne Your Library to a Wardrope': John Lyly and Euphuism -- Robert Greene -- Nashe's Stuff -- Sir Philip Sidney's Arcadia -- Topicality in Mary Wroth's Countess of Montgomery's Urania: Prose Romance, Masque, and Lyric -- Utopia and Utopianism -- English Scientific Prose: Bacon, Browne, Boyle -- Richard Hakluyt -- Raphael Holinshed and Historical Writing -- Astrology, Magic, and Witchcraft -- Jest Books -- Political Prose -- Modes of Satire -- News Writing -- Letters -- Diaries -- Life Writing -- Essays -- Domestic Manuals and the Power of Prose -- Immethodical, Incoherent, Unadorned: Style and the Early Modern Bible -- The Style of Authorship in John Foxe's Acts and Monuments -- The Marprelate Controversy -- Sermons -- The Book of Common Prayer -- Richard Hooker's of the Lawes of Ecclesiasticall Politie -- Gabriel Harvey -- John Knox, George Buchanan, and Scots Prose -- Robert Burton and The Anatomy of Melancholy -- 'When all Things shall confesse their ashes': Science and Soul in Thomas Browne
Summary This volume is the only current overview of early modern English prose writing. The aim of the volume is to make prose more visible as a subject and as a mode of writing. It covers a vast range of material vital for the understanding of the period: from jestbooks, newsbooks, and popular romance to the translation of the classics and the pioneering collections of scientific writing and travel writing; from diaries, tracts on witchcraft, and domestic conduct books to rhetorical treatises designed for a courtly audience; from little known works such as William Baldwin's 'Beware the Cat', probably the first novel in English, to The Bible, 'The Book of Common Prayer' and Richard Hooker's eloquent statement of Anglican belief, 'The Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity'
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject English prose literature -- Early modern, 1500-1700 -- History and criticism.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Handboeken (vorm)
Form Electronic book
Author Hadfield, Andrew, editor
ISBN 019175031X (ebook)
0199580685 (print)
9780191750311 (ebook)
9780199580682 (print)
Other Titles English prose, 1500-1640
Handbook of English prose, 1500-1640