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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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Knowing Your Place: Greene's Pandosto and Menaphon

Knowing Your Place: Greene's Pandosto and Menaphon

(p.112) 4 Knowing Your Place: Greene's Pandosto and Menaphon
Fictions of Authorship in Late Elizabethan Narratives

Katharine Wilson

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses Greene's two long pastoral fictions, Pandosto (1588) and Menaphon. These texts bear an intriguing relationship to Sidney's Old Arcadia (c.1580), then only circulating in manuscript, and the chapter includes a discussion of the likely relationship of the texts. But Greene had many other literary influences, including William Warner and Lyly's drama. While continuing to hone his skills in tragicomedy, Greene increasingly used his sources and influences to satirical effect. In Pandosto Greene created a sensational incest narrative, which he effectively rewrote in Menaphon as comedy. The pastoral landscape Greene depicted in the latter text is full of literary comparisons, including the tale of Troy, and his personae seem intensely aware of the need to discover their literary identity.

Keywords:   Sidney, Warner, Lyly, tragicomedy, pastoral, Troy

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