This chapter focuses on Philip Sidney's Arcadia, outlining the book's larger struggle with its own didacticism by attending to a particular trope: the preeminent feature of Arcadia's style, the sententia, or moral maxim. It considers what happens when school sententiae become the very texture of a romance, the signal feature of its dialect. C. S. Lewis wrote fifty years ago that “maxims of law, government, morals, or psychology … are scattered on nearly every page” of Arcadia, and his “nearly” represents something of an undercount. They are everywhere, and they are a key both to Sidney's bearing toward the culture of teaching in which he was raised, and to the antididactic project of this first draft of his pastoral romance.
Chicago Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.
If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.
To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.