The early modern English sonnet – Q&A with Laetitia Sansonetti, Rémi Vuillemin and Enrica Zanin

The early modern English sonnet – Q&A with Laetitia Sansonetti, Rémi Vuillemin and Enrica Zanin

Posted by Bethan Hirst - Thursday, 18 Jun 2020


1. How would you like someone who has read your book to sum it up in one sentence?

Thanks to studies that place the early modern sonnet in context, this book shows that it is a more varied form than is usually assumed and that it is a very fertile ground for academic investigation.

2. What book in your field has inspired you the most?

Aristotle’s Poetics.

3. Did your research take you to any unexpected places?

To the secluded library of Wolfenbüttel. The richest Renaissance Library lost in the German countryside.

4. Which writing process do you use (computer, longhand, dictate, other)?

5. Why did you choose to publish with MUP?

For its sound reviewing process. For The Manchester Spenser’s commitment to promoting early modern studies, and encouraging work on authors considered “major” and “minor” alike.

6. What are you working on now?

Laetitia : translation and polyglossia in Renaissance England
Enrica : the ethical implication of European Renaissance Novellas
Rémi : the ordering and framing of Elizabethan sonnet sequences

7. If you could go back and give yourself one piece of advice when starting out on this project, what would it be?

Do not underestimate the time it takes to compile an index.

8. If you could have been the author of any book, what would it be and why?

Laetitia: Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov, for the character of Alexei Fyodorovich Karamazov.
Enrica: Marivaux, Le jeu de l’amour et du hasard, because it deals with narrative complexity and characters’ identities.
Rémi: Gustave Flaubert, Bouvard et Pécuchet, for the way it pictures and mocks the love of knowledge

9. What other genres do you enjoy reading?

Drama, novels, poetry, contemporary Fiction, history, essays on topical issues…

10. Which authors (academic and not) would you invite to a dinner party?

Thomas Nashe, Gabriel Harvey, Marcel Proust, Baldassarre Castiglione, Samuel Beckett…and Terry Pratchett!

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The early modern English sonnet
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Edited by Laetitia Sansonetti, Rémi Vuillemin and Enrica Zanin

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