Motives of woe : Shakespeare and 'female complaint' : a critical anthology
- edited by John Kerrigan.
- Oxford [England] : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, c1991.
- Physical description
- p. cm.
- Kerrigan, John.
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
- Medieval lyrics-- "Of Quene Annelida and False Arcite"(1372-1380), Geoffrey Chaucer-- "Shores Wife"(1563), Thomas Churchyard-- Renaissance lyrics-- "The Ruines of Time"(1591), Edmund Spenser-- "The Complaint of Rosamund"(1592), Samuel Daniel-- from "Englands Heroicall Epistles"(1597), Michael Drayton-- "A Louers Complaint"(1609), William Shakespeare-- psalms and lamentations-- after Shakespeare-- "Five Love-Letters from a Nun to a Cavalier"(1978), Roger L'Estrange - translator-- restoration Ovids-- later lyrics and satires-- "Eloisa to Abelard"(1717), Alexander Pope.
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This anthology recovers a tradition of writing to which some of the greatest medieval and Renaissance poets - women as well as men - contributed. Centring on Shakespeare's neglected A Louers Complaint, it includes 'female'-voiced lyrics, chronicle poems, and fictional letters by a range of authors from Chaucer to Aphra Behn and Henry Carey. The texts are freshly edited from early manuscript and printed sources, and extensive, helpful glosses are provided. In his illuminating introduction, John Kerrigan outlines the development of 'female complaint', indicates how cultural pressures shaped it, and argues that the time is ripe for a revaluation of this literary genre. Shedding new light on Shakespeare and on the conventions of historical, pastoral, and epistolary discourse, Motives of Woe will be of interest to scholars in several branches of medieval and early modern studies.
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- Publication date
- 0198117701 : £35.00 (est.)
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