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Common: The Development of Literary Culture in Sixteenth-Century England
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Common: The Development of Literary Culture in Sixteenth-Century England

Neil Rhodes

Abstract

This book attempts to see the development of literary culture in sixteenth-century England as a whole and to explain the relationship between the Reformation and the literary renaissance of the Elizabethan period. Its central theme is ‘the common’ in its double sense of something shared and something base, and it argues that making common the work of God is at the heart of the English Reformation, just as making common the literature of antiquity and of early modern Europe is at the heart of the English Renaissance. The book addresses the central question of why the Renaissance in England arri ... More

Keywords: commonwealth, common, imagination, translation, Greek, Italian, Erasmus, Lucian, Edmund Spenser, William Shakespeare

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198704102
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198704102.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Neil Rhodes, author
Professor of English Literature and Cultural History, University of St Andrews