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The Renaissance Epic and the Oral Past

Anthony Welch


This book offers a close survey of the changing audiences, modes of reading, and cultural expectations that shaped epic writing in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. According to the book, the theory and practice of epic poetry in this period—including little-known attempts by many epic poets to have their work orally recited or set to music—must be understood in the context of Renaissance musical humanism. This book's approach leads to a fresh perspective on a literary culture that stood on the brink of a new relationship with antiquity and on the history of music in the early modern er ... More

Keywords: modes of reading, cultural expectations, epic poetry, epic poets, Renaissance, musical humanism, literary culture, antiquity, history of music, early modern era

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780300178869
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300178869.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anthony Welch, author