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Scenes of Instruction in Renaissance Romance Jeff Dolven

Scenes of Instruction in Renaissance Romance

Jeff Dolven

Published May 14th 2014
ISBN : 9780226155371
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289 pages
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We take it for granted today that the study of poetry belongs in schoolOCobut in sixteenth-century England, making Ovid or Virgil into pillars of the curriculum was a revolution. Scenes of Instruction in Renaissance Romance explores how poetsMoreWe take it for granted today that the study of poetry belongs in schoolOCobut in sixteenth-century England, making Ovid or Virgil into pillars of the curriculum was a revolution. Scenes of Instruction in Renaissance Romance explores how poets reacted to the new authority of humanist pedagogy, and how they transformed a genre to express their most radical doubts.Jeff Dolven investigates what it meant for a book to teach as he traces the rivalry between poet and schoolmaster in the works of John Lyly, Philip Sydney, Edmund Spenser, and John Milton. Drawing deeply on the eraOCOs pedagogical literature, Dolven explores the links between humanist strategies of instruction and romance narrative, rethinking such concepts as experience, sententiousness, example, method, punishment, lessons, and endings. In scrutinizing this pivotal moment in the ancient, intimate contest between art and education, Scenes of Instruction in Renaissance Romance offers a new view of one of the most unconsideredOCoyet fundamentalOCoproblems in literary criticism: poetryOCOs power to please and instruct.