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Friendship and its Discourses in the Seventeenth Century

Cedric C. Brown

Abstract

Cedric C. Brown combines the study of literature and social history in order to recognize the immense importance of friendship bonds to early modern society. Drawing on new archival research, he acknowledges a wide range of types of friendship, from the intimate to the obviously instrumental, and sees these practices as often co-terminous with gift exchange. Failure to recognize the interconnected range of a friendship spectrum has hitherto limited the adequacy of some modern studies of friendship, often weighted towards the intimate or gender-related issues. This book focuses both on friendsh ... More

Keywords: friendship, gift-exchange, early modern culture, early modern literature, letters and diaries

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198790792
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198790792.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Cedric C. Brown, author
Emeritus Professor English, University of Reading