English Mythography in its European Context, 1500-1650 Hardback
by Anna-Maria (Departmental Lecturer in English Literature, Corpus Christi College, Oxford) Hartmann
Part of the Classical Presences series
Greco-Roman mythology and its reception are at the heart of the European Renaissance, and mythographies-texts that collected and explained ancient myths-were considered indispensable companions to any reader of literature.
Despite the importance of this genre, English mythographies have not gained sustained critical attention, largely because they have been wrongly considered mere copies of their European counterparts.
This volume focuses on the English mythographieswritten between 1577 and 1647 by Stephen Batman, Abraham Fraunce, Francis Bacon, Henry Reynolds, and Alexander Ross: it places their texts into a wider, European context to reveal their unique English take on the genre and also unfolds the significant role myth played in the broader culture of theperiod, influencing not only literary life, natural philosophy and poetics, but also religious conflicts and Civil War politics.
In doing so it demonstrates, for the first time, the considerable explanatory value classical mythology holds for the study of the English Renaissance and its literary culture in particular, and how early modern England answered a question we still find fascinating today: what is myth?
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 304 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press
- Publication Date: 01/03/2018
- Category: Literary studies: classical, early & medieval
- ISBN: 9780198807704