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Robert Lanier Reid

ambition, Antony’s glib manipulations – is indicated not only by the universal admiration for Brutus (from conspirators, from his wife and servants, from military colleagues and opponents) but also by the respect he shows to others of every social class, notably in the tender regard for his servant Lucius and for the soldier who assists Brutus in his suicide

in Renaissance psychologies
Jean R. Brink

‘faction’ in religion and politics, and these prejudices may explain why the combination of Harvey's intellectual liberalism and his social class may have made his peers suspicious of his politics. Nearly everything that we know about these events is presented from Harvey's point of view. We have eight letters written by Harvey dating from 21 March to 1 November 1573 preserved in a collection of manuscripts, now known as

in The early Spenser, 1554–80
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Peter J. Smith

flatterer, an attorney, a shopkeeper and so on. The engraving insists on the purgation of vice from country, court and city, across all social classes. But it also insists that purification is not merely mental or psychological. In fact, the most striking section of the picture demonstrates that purgation is ineluctably physical. Stage right is dominated by a character who could

in Between two stools
Stephen Orgel

the innumerable stories of people with aristocratic pretensions who turn out to have come from humble origins – the facts of gender seem to us much more basic and undeniable than the facts of social class, but surely this is an illusion. Billy Tipton’s or Arbella Stuart’s sexual anatomy would have been the ultimate reality only for the purposes of one particular type of sexual

in Spectacular Performances
Jean R. Brink

was Philip of Spain, and at the time of Philip Sidney's birth King Philip was the husband of the Queen of England, Mary Tudor. Sidney's mother was descended from the powerful Dudley family. Spenser, though now linked to Sidney in literary assessments of the age, did not in the sixteenth century belong to his social class. Spenser's society valued gentility and lineage and revered those who came from old families whose rank and property spanned

in The early Spenser, 1554–80
Brendan O’Connell

, prophetic dream, and philosophical discourse. 27 The tale’s brilliance, as I am sure Spenser recognised, comes from its interplay of lower and higher registers, and its deft subversions of social hierarchies. The relationship between social class and rhetorical register is indicated from the opening of Chaucer’s tale, which describes the widow as the perfect embodiment of a poor, industrious peasant who lives scrupulously within her means: A povre wydwe, somdeel stape in age

in Rereading Chaucer and Spenser
Robert Ormsby

against the Plebeians as a general social class in the public ceremonies he undergoes. The relative composure that Coriolanus showed in the grain riot devolves into neurosis and eventually hysteria when he enters the Plebeians’ territory on their terms. Wearing a dark suit and white shirt as his gown of humility, he addresses the Plebeians at an open-air market. The wobbly camerawork, with its quick blurring pans and

in Coriolanus
Pascale Drouet

’, power presents itself as being at the service of everybody, but it is the guardian of inequalities and their hierarchies; as being issued from reason or collective will, but it is also begotten by events; as emanating from law, but at the same time it engenders laws that ensure its own defence and have different applications depending on social classes and categories. Nowhere and never is it

in Shakespeare and the denial of territory
Polarized Approaches to Psychology, Poetics, and Patronage
Robert L. Reid

is increasingly implied in the Sonnets ), does ‘self-love’ (and self-identity) then include the bonded other? In the still broader context of social class identity, is the self-love of aristocrats (the main interest for Sidney and Spenser) matched by the self-love of commoners, as in the compelling characters of Bottom, Juliet’s nurse, Dogberry, Mistress Quickly, Caliban? And finally if, as

in Shakespeare and Spenser
Rochester, Mennes, Pepys, Urquhart and the sense of dis-ordure
Peter J. Smith

the manner in which different social classes are stigmatised differently. While the poor are acknowledged to have the pox, Lords have the same condition euphemised as ‘the gout’. The poem then moves on to describe the place, while the miraculous powers that reside there are quickly eclipsed by the description of fecal surroundings: Close by

in Between two stools