By Helen Wilcox
1611: Authority, Gender, and the notice in Early sleek England explores problems with authority, gender, and language inside and around the number of literary works produced in a single of so much landmark years in literary and cultural history.
- Represents an exploration of a 12 months within the textual lifetime of early smooth England
- Juxtaposes the diversity and diversity of texts that have been released, performed, learn, or heard within the comparable 12 months, 1611
- Offers an account of the textual tradition of the yr 1611, the surroundings of language, and the tips from which the accredited model of the English Bible emerged
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Although this judgement may seem strange to us with reference to a year that saw so many literary landmarks – and it is likely that the praise itself is ironic – the comment reveals a mode of thinking in which the year, in this case 1611, is a significant category with which to work. Within these parameters, there are many possible ways to organise our discussion of the rich materials of the textual culture from this unique year. We could approach the works through the lens of individual authorship: who wrote what in 1611?
The Venetian ambassador’s report supplies evidence that Henry carried off his corporeal ceremonies and dancing with great success: ‘On Tuesday the Prince gave his Masque, which was very beautiful throughout, very decorative, but most remarkable for the grace of the Prince’s every movement’ (CSP, 106). Though the Prince does not speak a word in the course of the masque, and much of the impact of the work depends upon design, colour and music, 30 Jonson’s Oberon and friends: masque and music in 1611 the role of language in this entertainment should not be underestimated.
Despite the fact that this masque was sponsored by the Queen, a woman known for her determination and independence of mind, it begins with an anti-masque that vividly dramatises the threat of rebellious female ignorance and folly, and its eventual resolution in the masque itself centres on emblems of male control and authority.
1611: Authority, Gender and the Word in Early Modern England by Helen Wilcox