Renaissance Dublin and the
construction of literaryauthorship:
Richard Bellings, James Shirley and
That quintessentially Renaissance literary project – the humanist dialogue
translated – was apparently undertaken in Dublin in the early 1580s by
the colonial administrator and writer Lodowick Bryskett. Not published
until 1606, Bryskett’s A discourse of civill life (adapted from the Italian
Giambattista Giraldi Cinthio’s Tre dialoghi della vita civile of 1565)
was careful to represent its author at the centre of another
From its Nobel laureates to its literary festivals, modern-day Dublin lives up to its role as a literary capital. The question of whether Ireland experienced a cultural and literary Renaissance has received increasing scholarly attention in recent years. This book extends the discussion by engaging with the specific literary culture of its capital city. It begins with an argument for the internationalised literary culture of late medieval Dublin by an analysis of James Yonge's 'Memoriale'. The citizens of Dublin engaged with and actively read texts imported from London, as Dublin's own printing was limited. The book presents case studies that establish Dublin as an emerging city of Renaissance literature by focusing on Edmund Spenser's political and social connections and by examining the literature of complaint emanating from late Elizabethan Dublin. It analyses the constructed authorial personae of Richard Bellings, James Shirley and Henry Burnell residing in Dublin, and discusses the concepts of literary friendship. Sir James Ware's scholarly achievements are analysed and his extensive intellectual community are investigated, revealing an open-minded Dublin community. In addition to being a representative Renaissance activity, translation was harnessed in the country as an 'instrument of state', as shown by translations of Gaelic poetry. The Renaissance literary production in Dublin had a multi-linguistic character with Latin orations taking place in the Trinity College Dublin. The book also addresses the question of whether the English-language drama composed and staged in Restoration Dublin is most accurately described as Anglo-Irish drama or 'English drama written in Ireland'.
the theatre’. 2 or ‘working dramatist’ 3 According to this
theatrical model, the jobbing playwright eschews individuated
literaryauthorship for commercial collaboration; he rejects printed
publication for public performance; he recoils from self-presentation
for self-concealment; and he sidesteps the goal of a literary career,
artistic fame, for enigmatic anonymity
virtue of humilitas , arrogance
frequently operates poetologically as well, that is, arrogance
negotiates anxieties about (new models of) literaryauthorship. In this
chapter, I trace the poetological and literary-historical dimension of
arrogance in Chaucer’s and Shakespeare’s treatments of the
story of Troilus and Criseyde/Cressida. Both authors, I argue, utilize
arrogance in their Troy stories to
Shankar Raman’s essay argues that the very idea of creative invention—so central to modern assumptions about literary authorship—is embedded in philosophical and mathematical ideas and practices of making. By focusing on the “matter” of key geometrical texts, from Euclid to Descartes, Shankar Raman finds evidence of a radical change in the imagined purpose of geometric training, which he relates to new ways of thinking about poetic production. The descriptions and non-linguistic representations of algebraic and geometric problems found in Descartes’ project becomes analogous, in ways Philip Sidney’s Defence of Poetry seems almost to anticipate, to the poet’s struggle to make rather than to imitate.
by early modern women.
Modernised editions are not only easier for students and beginning scholars
to use, encouraging close reading and comparisons with other well-known
examples of early modern poetry; they also undoubtedly carry with them
the whiff of canonicity, of ‘great literaryauthorship’, and engender more
serious approaches to the work.1
We have, therefore, aimed in this anthology to treat the selected women’s
poems according to the broad editorial principles behind anthologies
such as The Norton Anthology of English Literature. Our texts are modernised
’s staging of the homologies between acting and
action can be viewed as a refusal either to obey or reject sovereignty,
whether of the self or state, and so as a veritably ‘decisive
indecisiveness’. 49 The whole of Shakespearean theatre thus becomes,
in this Hebraicizing thinking, a dismantling of literaryauthorship or
rendering of sovereign selfhood inoperative
Genealogical uncertainties and literary filiation in Barker’s Gertrude – The Cry
create dramatic tension
and to problematise the question of literaryauthorship that necessarily affects a
play that relies so intensively on intertextuality. Paternity, as a paradigm of the
unknowable, thus becomes both a thematic crucible and as a structuring
principle of the play.
W. Shakespeare, Hamlet I, iv, ll 672.
Ibid., I, ii, ll 266–9.
Ibid., I, ii, 333.
Ibid., I, ii, 361.
Ibid., p. 103. This idea is forcefully expressed in Barker’s play Knowledge and a Girl
(2003), where Snow White, unlike the queen, is unable to become pregnant.
6 Broadcast in 1971
print. For even as the notion of Shakespeare as mystic monarchist wanes,
critics are busy replacing it with a new version of the sovereign
author. Thus, in Shakespeare’s LiteraryAuthorship ,
Patrick Cheney asserts that by juxtaposing printing and playing in the
magus’s grand renunciation, the dramatist highlights his own
singularity as ‘the consummate “man of the theatre
’s discussion of the ‘genre of
continuation,’ or Henry Turner’s chapter on
Hakluyt’s networks of translation – of collecting,
compiling, and compounding. The emergence of the very idea of creative
invention as essential to poetic production is traced in Shankar
Raman’s chapter; this concept, so central to modern assumptions about
literaryauthorship, is shown to have a history embedded in