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European Literary Careers: The Author from Antiquity to the Renaissance
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  • Elaine V. Beilin, Framingham State University
Publication Date
12-21-2002
Editors
Patrick Cheney, Frederick A. de Armas
Chapter Title
Renaissance Englishwomen and the Literary Career
Publisher
University of Toronto Press
Keywords
  • European literature -- History and criticism,
  • Classical literature -- History and criticism
Subject
European literature -- History and criticism, Classical literature -- History and criticism.
Department
English
Description

Authorial studies, or 'career criticism' is a new and distinctive branch of interpretive methodology that explores various paths of European careers, particularly literary careers. In this first book-length study in the field various specialists from Italian, French, English, and Spanish studies collectively discuss literary careers spanning from classical antiquity through the Renaissance. They argue that the idea of a literary career evolves slowly, derives centrally from Virgil, and that the periodization from classical, medieval and Renaissance culture helps to elucidate the details of that evolution. Including authors from Theocritus to Spenser, the contributors correlate an author's sense of a career to the period of history in which he or she is writing, foregrounding his or her role in the multi-sphered life of the nation, especially its institutions of family, state, and church. Authorship and agency, genre and genre patterning, imitation and intertextuality, politics and religions, sexuality and gender all become part of the complex template for defining the idea of a literary career. Unique in both scope and topic, this study breaks new ground in current critical theory, allowing for complex interrelations between models of authorial agency and models of social construction.

Comments

Chapter coauthored with Suzanne Woods

ISBN
FBC022
Citation Information
Elaine V. Beilin. European Literary Careers: The Author from Antiquity to the Renaissance. 1Toronto, ON(2002)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/elaine_beilin/18/