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Literature and favoritism in early modern England
Curtis Perry
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Cambridge University Press
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For writers in the early modern period, thinking about royal favorites inevitably meant thinking about the uneasy intersection of the personal and the public in a political system traditionally organized around patronage and intimacy. Depictions of
favoritism - in a variety of texts including plays, poems, libels, and pamphlets - explore the most fundamental ideological questions concerning personal monarchy and the early modern public sphere, questions about the nature and limits of prerogative and about the enfranchisement or otherwise of subjects. In this study, Curtis Perry examines the ideological underpinnings of the heated controversies surrounding powerful royal favorites and the idea of favoritism in the late Elizabethan and early Stuart period. Perry argues that the discourse of corrupt favoritism is this period's most important unofficial vehicle for exploring constitutional unease concerning the nature and limits of personal monarchy within the balanced English constitution.

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Curtis Perry is Associate Professor of English at Arizona State University. He is the author of The Making of Jacobean Culture: James I and the Renegotiation of Elizabethan Literary Practice (Cambridge University Press, 1997), the editor of Material Culture and Cultural Materialisms in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance (2001), and has had numerous articles and chapters published on the subject of early modern English literature and culture.

"This welcome book will be particularly valuable for those pursuing study of the literature, politics and cultural history of early modern England."

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"Perry's approach is well-argued, comprehensive, and fascinating first to last. This is an excellent book...His examples are excellent, and he always keeps us on his point...It is quite outstanding"

Michael Denbo, Renaissance Quarterly

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Favorites, Royal, in literature.|English literature - Early modern, 1500-1700 - History and criticism.
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