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Here I will show how my readings of Sidney’s works relate to, and build on, the work done by the editors of the different versions of Sidney’s romance. Sidney’s literary texts have complex textual histories, and my particular focus on the revised version takes this context into account. I will also relate my readings to a generic understanding of the revised Arcadia, drawing on Victor Skretkowicz’s work on the ancient Greek erotic romances that were so influential for Renaissance authors such as Sidney. I will introduce my methodology, drawing on the work of Louis Montrose and Colin Burrow, and eschewing the biographical method employed by Blair Worden in his book The Sound of Virtue (1996). Indeed, Worden’s work on the neostoical aspects of Sidney’s Arcadia will provide one critical context (among others) for my synthesis, under the umbrella of Philippism, of various apparently contradictory philosophical and religious standpoints evident in the Arcadias. Sidney’s theological inheritance will also be introduced here.

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