The Sound of Virtue : Philip Sidney's Arcadia and Elizabethan Politics

The Sound of Virtue : Philip Sidney's Arcadia and Elizabethan Politics

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  • 製本 Hardcover:ハードカバー版/ページ数 406 p.
  • 言語 ENG
  • 商品コード 9780300066937
  • DDC分類 823.3

基本説明

Philip Sidney's Arcadia, written in about 1580, is a romance, a love story, a work of wit and enchantment set in an ancient and mythical land.

Full Description


Written around 1580, Philip Sidney's "Arcadia" is a romance and a love story, set in an ancient and mythical land. But, as Blair Worden now reveals, it is also a commentary on Elizabethan politics. Under the guise of pastoral fiction, Sidney produced a reflection on the misgovernment of Elizabeth I and on the failings of monarchy as a system of government. Blair Worden reconstructs the events amidst which the "Arcadia" was composed. The Queen's failure to resist the Catholic advance at home and abroad, and her apparent resolve to marry the Catholic heir to the French throne, seemed likely to bring tyranny and persecution to England. It provoked a radical political dissent which historians and literary critics have missed, and of which the Arcadia" is an expression. "The Sound of Virtue" combines the close analysis of a literary text with the reconstruction of its historical context. It offers an approach to the relationship between the history and literature of the Renaissance.

Table of Contents

        List of Illustrations                      xi  (2)
List of Abbreviations xiii(2)
The Principal Characters (The Old Arcadia) xv (1)
Synopsis (The Old Arcadia) xvi (3)
Preface xix
PART ONE: POETRY AND PRECEPT 3 (38)
1 Teaching and Delight 3 (20)
2 Virtue and Religion 23 (18)
PART TWO: THE CONTEXT 41 (86)
3 Sidney's Loyalties 41 (17)
4 An Unelected Vocation 58 (13)
5 A Losing Cause 71 (18)
6 The Anjou Match 89 (26)
7 Standing Alone 115 (12)
PART THREE: ANALOGIES 127 (82)
8 Three Crises of Counsel 127 (19)
9 The Reign of Basilius 146 (26)
10 Mary Queen of Scots 172 (12)
11 The Death of Basilius 184 (25)
PART FOUR: POLITICAL THOUGHT 209 (88)
12 Monarchal Dissipations 209 (18)
13 Forms of Government 227 (26)
14 History Lessons 253 (13)
15 On Ister Bank 266 (15)
16 Resistance 281 (16)
PART FIVE: LOVE AND POLITICS 297 (58)
17 Falling in Love 297 (23)
18 Public and Private Respects 320 (21)
19 Causeless Yieldings 341 (14)
Appendix A: Greville, Sidney and the Two 355 (15)
Arcadias
Appendix B: Sir John Hayward and the Old 370 (2)
Arcadia
Appendix C: Philisides' Fable 372 (5)
Bibliography 377 (10)
Index 387