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Pocket Maps and Public Poetry in the English Renaissance

Katarzyna Lecky

Abstract

If maps are instruments of power, then it matters that in Renaissance Britain they were often found in the pockets of ordinary people. Pocket Maps and Public Poetry in the English Renaissance demonstrates how early modern British poets paid by the state adapted inclusive modes of nationhood charted by inexpensive, small-format maps. It places chapbooks (“cheapbooks”) by Edmund Spenser, Samuel Daniel, Ben Jonson, William Davenant, and John Milton into conversation with the portable cartography circulating in the same retail print industry. Domestic pocket maps were designed for heavy use by a b ... More

Keywords: Edmund Spenser, Samuel Daniel, Ben Jonson, William Davenant, John Milton, laureate poetry, small-format cartography, cheap print, inclusive readership

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198834694
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198834694.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Katarzyna Lecky, author
Bucknell University