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Fictions of Authorship in Late Elizabethan NarrativesEuphues in Arcadia$
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Katharine Wilson

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199252534

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199252534.001.0001

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Strange and Incredible Adventures: Lyly’s Euphues and Greene’s Mamillia

Strange and Incredible Adventures: Lyly’s Euphues and Greene’s Mamillia

(p.52) 2 Strange and Incredible Adventures: Lyly’s Euphues and Greene’s Mamillia
Fictions of Authorship in Late Elizabethan Narratives

Katharine Wilson

Oxford University Press

This chapter considers Lyly's two prose fictions Euphues (1578) and Euphues and his England (1580) alongside the imitation composed by Robert Greene, Mamillia (1583). It examines the evolution of Lyly's persona in relation to the works of Gascoigne, Grange, and Harvey. Lyly's determination to craft a new mode of authorship is reflected in his characteristic style, euphuism, and in his designation of his fiction as an anatomy. The chapter goes on to examine how euphuism operates in practice, and its relevance to the plot of Euphues. In his second book, Lyly reflected on his own earlier work, and attempted to substitute textual forms which readers would find more palatable. Robert Greene's Mamillia is an attempt by Greene to reverse Lyly's plot, establish dominance of the literary scene, and experiment with a female authorial persona.

Keywords:   Lyly, Greene, euphuism, anatomy

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