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5.0 out of 5 stars Indispensable to Renaissance literary scholars, 11 Dec 2011
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This review is from: English Renaissance Literary Criticism (Paperback)
The category 'literary criticism' didn't exist in the sixteenth century but what Vickers has collected and edited here is a wide-ranging and sometimes eclectic assortment of texts on subjects related to literature. Some are on rhetoric, some on the emergence of English poetry, some on genre or on metre, some on the moral and educational value of poetry. What brings them all together is precisely their diversity, highlighting the lack of a defined poetics in this period.

The earliest item in the collection is from 1531 (Elyot) and the latest from 1675 (Hobbes on epic). While the standard treatises are here (Puttenham on English poetics; Sidney's Defense of Poesy), others are more difficult to access, especially where they take the form of prefaces and other occasional notes.

For students and scholars of Renaissance literature interested in how readers and writers framed and thought about the texts they consumed and produced, this is indispensable.
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English Renaissance Literary Criticism by Brian Vickers (Paperback - 20 Feb 2003)
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