ISBN : 9780198716525
From antiquity to the Renaissance the pursuit of patronage was central to the literary career, yet relationships between poets and patrons were commonly conflicted, if not antagonistic, necessitating compromise even as they proffered stability and status. Was it just a matter of speaking lies to power? The present study looks beyond the rhetoric of dedication to examine how traditional modes of literary patronage responded to the challenge of print, as the economies of gift-exchange were forced to compete with those of the marketplace. It demonstrates how awareness of such divergent milieux prompted innovative modes of authorial self-representation, inspired or frustrated the desire for laureation, and promoted the remarkable self-reflexivity of Early Modern verse. By setting English Literature from Caxton to Jonson in the context of the most influential Classical and Italian exemplars it affords a wide comparative context for the reassessment of patronage both as a social practice and a literary theme.
PART ONE: THEORY AND PRACTICE
1 Of Followers and Friends: Problems of Definition
2 Visions of Laurel: Classical Exemplars
3 The Arts of Magnificence: Early Modern Exemplars
4 Economies of Script and Print
5 The Rhetoric of Paratexts
6 The Protocols of Presentation
PART TWO: ITALIAN LITERARY PATRONAGE
7 Petrarch: The Renaissance of Patronage
8 Ariosto: Laureate or Poligrafo?
9 Tasso: Patronage and Imprisonment
PART THREE: ENGLISH LITERARY PATRONAGE, 1500-1625
10 Print and Patronage in the Early Tudor Age
11 Elizabeth I and Court Patronage
12 Courts and Coteries
13 The Elizabethan Marketplace
14 Career Trajectories
15 Egerton: A Patron's 'Canon'
16 The Courts of King James and Prince Henry
17 Conclusion: Laurels Won and Lost