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'Ungainefull Arte': Poetry, Patronage, and Print in the Early Modern Era

Richard A. McCabe


From antiquity to the Renaissance the pursuit of patronage was central to the literary career, yet relationships between poets and patrons were commonly conflicted, if not antagonistic, necessitating compromise even as they proffered stability and status. Was it just a matter of speaking lies to power? The present study looks beyond the rhetoric of dedication to examine how traditional modes of literary patronage responded to the challenge of print, as the economies of gift-exchange were forced to compete with those of the marketplace. It demonstrates how awareness of such divergent milieux pr ... More

Keywords: patronage, dedication, paratext, laureation, print culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198716525
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198716525.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard A. McCabe, author
Professor of English Language and Literature and Fellow of Merton College, University of Oxford