Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
'Ungainefull Arte'Poetry, Patronage, and Print in the Early Modern Era$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Richard A. McCabe

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198716525

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198716525.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2020. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 14 July 2020

The Rhetoric of Paratexts

The Rhetoric of Paratexts

(p.73) 5 The Rhetoric of Paratexts
'Ungainefull Arte'

Richard A. McCabe

Oxford University Press

This chapter analyses the tropes and topoi that recur most frequently in dedicatory epistles, focusing on the nature of epideictic hyperbole and its acute vulnerability to (self-) parody and retraction (especially in the case of Drayton). It considers the relationship between paratextual materials directed to the patron and reader and the implications of attributing to the latter virtues traditionally vested in the former. It examines the epistolary mode as a vehicle for panegyric, and the problematical strategies employed to defend the ethics of praise. The emergent issues are examined through an analysis of Shakespeare’s dedications to the Earl of Southampton.

Keywords:   paratext, panegyric, epistle dedicatory, Fulwell, Donne, Drayton, Erasmus, Watson, Wither, Shakespeare

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .