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On Not Defending Poetry: Defence and Indefensibility in Sidney's Defence of Poesy

Catherine Bates

Abstract

Sidney’s Defence of Poesy—the foundational text of English poetics—is generally taken to present a model of poetry as ideal: the poet depicts ideals of human conduct and readers are inspired to imitate them. This book sets out to challenge this received view. Attending very closely to Sidney’s text, it identifies within it a model of poetry that is markedly at variance from the one presumed, and shows Sidney’s text to be feeling its way towards a quite different—indeed, a de-idealist—poetics. Following key theorists of the new economic criticism, this book shows how idealist poetics, like the ... More

Keywords: Sidney, Defence, poetics, economic criticism, money, profit, idealist, non-idealist, value, humanities

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198793779
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198793779.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Catherine Bates, author
University of Warwick