The nature of erotic romance
in European erotic romance
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Erotic romance, Middle Eastern in its provincial origins but European in its flavour, achieved a spectacular flourishing between 1579 and 1626 in the writings of Sir Philip Sidney, William Shakespeare and Mary Sidney wroth. The romances of arguably the most rhetorically sophisticated and politically aware authors of the age represent the ultimate English response to lengthy, complex and rhetorically artistic Greco-Roman prose fiction. Readily available during the Renaissance was Aphthonius's Progymnasmata, the popular students' guide to the forms of artful discourse practised by rhetoricians of the Second Sophistic. Philostratus composed his series of short rhetorical exercises to provide his students with models of how to describe scenes from nature. As one of his aims is to teach the art of ecphrasis, literally 'speaking out', Philostratus incorporates scenes purporting to represent stories, paintings and sculpture.

European erotic romance

Philhellene Protestantism, Renaissance translation and English literary politics

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