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9780197267332

Literature, Learning, and Social Hierarchy in Early Modern Europe

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    9780197267332

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    0197267335

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2022-06-17
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Summary

The literature and literate knowledge that were produced in Europe from the fifteenth to the seventeenth centuries emanated from societies that were rigidly hierarchical. What difference did that fact make to the literature and literate knowledge? How did social hierarchy shape the production of literature and literate knowledge (by writers, patrons, printers) and their reception (by readers and audiences)? Literature, Learning, and Social Hierarchy in Early Modern Europe is the first book to ask these question of Western Europe, in relation to a wide range of genres, disciplines, practices, and writers. The picture that emerges is of literature and literate knowledge largely bolstering social hierarchies while also questioning at times the very basis on which societies measured the status and worth of their members.

Author Biography


Neil Kenny, Senior Research Fellow at All Souls College, Professor of French at the University of Oxford, and a Fellow of the British Academy,

Neil Kenny is Senior Research Fellow at All Souls College, Professor of French at the University of Oxford, and a Fellow of the British Academy, where he is involved in language policy work as Lead Fellow for Languages. His publications include The Uses of Curiosity in Early Modern France and
Germany (2004), Death and Tenses: Posthumous Presence in Early Modern France (2015), and Born to Write: Literary Families and Social Hierarchy in Early Modern France (2021), all with Oxford University Press.

Table of Contents


List of Figures
Notes on Contributors
Acknowledgements
1. Introduction, NEIL KENNY
Language, Social Literacy, and Social Status
2. 'Noble ambition': New Social Literacies and Traditional Hierarchies in Early Modern European Literature and History, WARREN BOUTCHER
3. Women's Social Status and their Access to Learning in Multilingual Early Modern Italy, HELENA SANSON
4. English Builders in Translation, CHRISTINE STEVENSON
Roles of Cultural Production in Social Status
5. The Social Status of Publishers of Learned Texts in Europe 1560-1630, IAN MACLEAN
6. Literary Collaboration and Social Legitimacy in an Actor's Oeuvre: The Peculiar Case of Francesco Andreini (d.1624), SARAH GWYNETH ROSS
7. Marta Marchina, Poetry and Social Mobility in Baroque Rome, JANE STEVENSON
Representing Social Status: Genres and Discourses
8. The Idiota's Authority: Fifteenth-Century Hierarchies in Dialogue, RICHARD OOSTERHOFF
9. Making 'Gypsies' in the English Reformation? Laws, Words and Texts (1530-1621), SUSAN WISEMAN
10. 'Greatness going off' in Renaissance Antony and Cleopatra Tragedies, JONATHAN PATTERSON
11. Tragedy, or the Fall of Middle-Class Men, RICHARD MCCABE
A Two-Way Relation
12. The Scribes of the Old Pillory: Hired Hands and their Customers in Sixteenth-Century Lisbon, SIMON PARK
13. Authorship and Social Status in Early Modern England, COLIN BURROW
Index

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