Drawing upon poststructuralist theories of nationalism and
national identity developed by such writers as Etienne Balibar,
Emmanuel Levinas, Julia Kristeva, Antonio Negri, and Slavoj Zizek,
noted Renaissance scholar William J. Kennedy argues that the
Petrarchan sonnet serves as a site for early modern expressions of
national sentiment in Italy, France, England, Spain, and Germany.
Kennedy pursues this argument through historical research into
Renaissance commentaries on Petrarch's poetry and critical studies
of such poets as Lorenzo de' Medici, Joachim du Bellay and the
Pleiade brigade, Philip and Mary Sidney, and Mary Wroth.
Kennedy begins with a survey of Petrarch's poetry and its
citation in Italy, explaining how major commentators tried to
present Petrarch as a spokesperson for competing versions of
national identity. He then shows how Petrarch's model helped define
social class, political power, and national identity in
mid-sixteenth-century France, particularly in the nationalistic
sonnet cycles of Joachim Du Bellay. Finally, Kennedy discusses how
Philip Sidney and his sister Mary and niece Mary Wroth reworked
Petrarch's model to secure their family's involvement in forging a
national policy under Elizabeth I and James I.
Treating the subject of early modern national expression from a
broad comparative perspective, "The Site of Petrarchism" will be of
interest to scholars of late medieval and early modern literature
in Europe, historians of culture, and critical theorists.
Johns Hopkins University Press
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||Parallax: Re-visions of Culture and Society
William J Kennedy
(Professor of Comparative Literature)
||229 x 152 x 27mm (L x W x T)
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