Classical and Renaissance intertextuality

Edited by Syrithe Pugh



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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-5267-1
  • Pages: 272
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £80.00
  • Published Date: December 2020
  • BIC Category: LITERARY CRITICISM / Renaissance, LITERARY CRITICISM / Ancient & Classical, Literature & literary studies / Shakespeare studies & criticism, Literature & literary studies / Literary studies: c 1500 to c 1800, Literature & literary studies / Literary studies: classical, early & medieval


For educated poets and readers in the Renaissance, classical literature was as familiar and accessible as the work of their compatriots and contemporaries - often more so. This volume seeks to recapture that sense of intimacy and immediacy, as scholars from both sides of the modern disciplinary divide come together to eavesdrop on the conversations conducted through allusion and intertextual play in works from Petrarch to Milton and beyond. The essays include discussions of Ariosto, Spenser, Du Bellay, Marlowe, the anonymous drama Caesars Revenge, Shakespeare and Marvell, and look forward to the grand retrospect of Shelley's Adonais. Together, they help us to understand how poets across the ages have thought about their relation to their predecessors, and about their own contributions to what Shelley would call 'that great poem, which all poets.have built up since the beginning of the world'.


1 Introduction - Syrithe Pugh
2 Flying with the Immortals: Reaching for the Sky in Classical and Renaissance Poetics - Philip Hardie
3 In and Out of Latin: Diptych and Virtual Diptych in Marvell, Milton, Du Bellay and Others - Stephen Hinds
4 Reviving Lucan: Marloew, Tamburlaine, and Lucans First Booke - Emma Buckley
5 Citizenship and Suicide: Shakespeare's Roman Plays, Republicanism and Identity in Samson Agonistes - Helen Lynch
6 Adonis and Literary Immortality in Pastoral Elegy - Syrithe Pugh


Syrithe Pugh is Reader in English at the University of Aberdeen

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