The epigram in England, 1590-1640

By James Doelman

The epigram in England, 1590-1640


  • Hardcover

Book Information

  • Format: eBook
  • ISBN: 978-1-7849-9802-8
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Published Date: June 2016
  • BIC Category: Literature, United Kingdom, Great Britain, Literature: history & criticism, Literary studies: general, Ireland, Early Modern Literature, LITERARY CRITICISM / Poetry, LITERARY CRITICISM / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, Literature & literary studies / Literary studies: poetry & poets, Literature & literary studies / Literary studies: c 1500 to c 1800


While among the most common of Renaissance genres, the epigram has been largely neglected by scholars and critics: James Doelman's book is the first major study on the Renaissance English epigram since 1947. It combines thorough description of the genre's history and conventions with consideration of the rootedness of individual epigrams within specific social, political and religious contexts.

The book explores questions of libel, censorship and patronage associated with the genre, and includes chapters on the sub-genres of the religious epigram, political epigram and mock epitaph.

It balances discussion of canonical figures such as Ben Jonson and Sir John Harington with a wide range of lesser known poets, drawing on both manuscript and print sources.

In its breadth The epigram in England serves as a foundational introduction to the genre for students, and through its detailed case studies it offers rich analysis for advanced scholars.

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