Introduction
in European erotic romance
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This introduction presents an overview of the key concepts discussed in the subsequent chapters of this book. The book enhances the understanding of the erotic romances of Sir Philip Sidney, William Shakespeare and Lady Mary Sidney wroth by setting them within an integrated political, rhetorical, and aesthetic context. It demonstrates more cohesive interrelationships during the Renaissance than was possible in Margaret Ann Doody's wide-ranging The True Story of the Novel. The book explores relationships among Ludovico Annibale della Croce's De Clitophontis & Leucippes amorib[us], François de Belleforest's Les amours de Clitophon et de Leucippe, william Burton's The Most Delectable and Plesaunt History of Clitiphon and Leucippe. It considers the texts of Sidney's Arcadia, probably written between 1577 and 1584, as a political romance sharing many of the thematic and rhetorical concerns of the ancients.

European erotic romance

Philhellene Protestantism, Renaissance translation and English literary politics

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