The English Renaissance: Identity and Representation in Elizabethan England
November 1997, ©1997, Wiley-Blackwell
1. The Reception of Italian Literary Culture: Motives and Dynamics.
2. Wyatt, Surrey, and the Onset of English Petrarchism.
3. Elizabethan Petrarchism and the Protestant Location of Self.
4. Ethic and Politic Considerations: Spenser, Sidney, and the Uses of Italianate Pastoral.
5. Epic and the Formation of National Identity: Ariosto, Tasso, and The Faerie Queene.
6. Appraising 'The Seeming Truths' of the Times: the Italianate Plays of Shakespeare.
* Sheds new light on the link between the English Reformation and the English Renaissance.
* Shows how the English governing elite used continental developments to create a distinctive Elizabethan ideology and identity.
‘Alistair Fox offers a new and compelling version of the
literary culture of Tudor England, one that finds its defining
qualities in the complex interactions of English Protestantism and
Italian humanism. If a full synthesis of the two systems finally
proved impossible for English writers, Fox impressively shows how
their brave effort to achieve it animates the most important
imaginative literature of the period.’ – David Scott
Kastan, Professor of English and Comparative Literature,
‘The English Renaissance registers how the secular narratives of Catholic culture were reinvented by England’s new Protestant culture. It shows the English writing of Sidney, Spenser and Shakespeare undergoing a rebirth out of its Italian sources. In the process it fully justifies Alistair Fox’s re-application of the term "Renaissance" to the products of this fertile period.’ – Professor Andrew Gurr, Department of English, University of Reading<!--end-->