Marie-Louise Coolahan
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Renaissance Dublin and the construction of literary authorship
Richard Bellings, James Shirley and Henry Burnell
in Dublin
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This chapter focuses on the construction of literary authorship in Dublin during the first half of the seventeenth century. The constructions of literary authorship exploited the print culture to convey an image of the author at the centre of Dublin-based coteries. The chapter focuses on the ways in which liminary material shapes reception of the author-figure. In representing the author at the heart of a literary community, such constructions simultaneously depict Dublin as an amenably literary location. Print volumes by Richard Bellings, James Shirley and Henry Burnell assert images of Dublin as a city where literary folk could thrive. Inspired by his new location to try out a new genre, Francis Quarles' experience conforms with the rise and fall of literary community. The communities associated with Bellings, Shirley and Burnell, celebrated and crystallised in print, highlight the fitfulness of any literary renaissance in Dublin.

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