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Scenes of Instruction in Renaissance Romance

Jeff Dolven


We take it for granted today that the study of poetry belongs in school—but in sixteenth-century England, making Ovid or Virgil into pillars of the curriculum was a revolution. This book explores how poets reacted to the new authority of humanist pedagogy, and how they transformed a genre to express their most radical doubts. It investigates what it meant for a book to teach as it traces the rivalry between poet and schoolmaster in the works of John Lyly, Philip Sydney, Edmund Spenser, and John Milton. Drawing deeply on the era's pedagogical literature, the book explores the links between huma ... More

Keywords: poetry, sixteenth-century England, humanism, humanist pedagogy, John Lyly, Philip Sydney, Edmund Spenser, John Milton, literary criticism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780226155364
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226155371.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jeff Dolven, author