By Helen Wilcox
1611: Authority, Gender, and the be aware in Early sleek England explores problems with authority, gender, and language inside and around the number of literary works produced in a single of such a lot landmark years in literary and cultural history.
- Represents an exploration of a 12 months within the textual lifetime of early glossy England
- Juxtaposes the diversity and diversity of texts that have been released, performed, learn, or heard within the related yr, 1611
- Offers an account of the textual tradition of the yr 1611, the surroundings of language, and the guidelines from which the accepted model of the English Bible emerged
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The King, who in Oberon is simultaneously both the Arthur of romance and the James of reality, is said to ‘teach’ his people ‘by the sweetnesse of his sway’, his persuasive rhetoric, ‘And not by force’ (353): language, literally, rules. Jonson himself is attentive to the craft of rhetoric in Oberon, and not least to the symbolic power of poetic metre. While the satyrs speak in shorter lines of verse, mainly trochaic, Jonson uses a more dignified iambic pentameter as the norm for the fairies’ songs and dialogue.
Oberon with its splendid sets of jagged rocks opening up to ‘discover’ the fabulous fairy palace, its fine music and energetic verse, and its implicit tensions between the Princely Oberon and the King to whom he paid homage, was over before 1 January 1611 had even run its course. The new year had been ushered in, yet its first cultural festivity, powerful but ephemeral, had already faded. Trumbull’s description of the masque concludes poignantly with a puzzled sense of waste: when the ‘king and queen with the ladies and gentlemen of the masque’ had left the hall, ‘in a moment everything was thrown down with furious haste, according to the strange custom of the country’ (Jonson 10 (1950), 523).
Hopton also published A Topographicall Glasse in 1611, and his fellow almanac maker Edward Pond had a London 20 ‘The omnipotency of the word’ shop at the sign of the Globe outside Temple Bar that sold clocks, watches and mathematical instruments, suggesting that almanacs were closely related to the science of measurement and a general awareness of the dimensions of space and time. A preoccupation with what might happen in one place during one year, then, is not a modern phenomenon but very much a part of the mental world of 1611.
1611: Authority, Gender and the Word in Early Modern England by Helen Wilcox