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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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From Arden to America: Lodge’s Tragedies of Infatuation

From Arden to America: Lodge’s Tragedies of Infatuation

(p.138) 5 From Arden to America: Lodge’s Tragedies of Infatuation
Fictions of Authorship in Late Elizabethan Narratives

Katharine Wilson

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the prose works of Thomas Lodge, Greene's one time collaborator. While sharing many traits with Greene, Lodge lived long enough to understand the developments in romance brought about by Spenser, and to incorporate them into his own work. Like Greene he appears to have been influenced by the idea of Sidney's work, and was able to contrast it with Spenserian pastoral. But Lodge also used native medieval romance and chronicle history, and began to merge fiction and biography in order to explore the nature of human evil. These developments are brought into focus by a contrast between Lodge's earlier pastoral fiction Rosalynde (1590), and his later work A Margarite of America (1596), written after a disastrous trip to the New World. Lodge's text ends in cataclysm, reflecting his disenchantment with the mode, and he turned to Seneca for a resolution of his family tragedy.

Keywords:   Spenser, pastoral, Seneca, tragedy, medieval romance, chronicle, history

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