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Daniel Orrells, Gurminder K. Bhambra, and Tessa Roynon

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199595006

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199595006.001.0001

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John Barclay's ‘Camella’ Poems

John Barclay's ‘Camella’ Poems

Ideas of Race, Beauty, and Ugliness in Renaissance Latin Verse

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John T. Gilmore

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores how a particular concept of blackness is used in a small group of early seventeenth-century literary texts, which were written in Latin by John Barclay (1582–1621). John Barclay is a well-known writer of the period, and his ‘Camella’ poems achieved a wide circulation through their appearance in several printed collections. In some ways these poems parallel what has been called the ‘ugly beauty’ tradition in poems written in English in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, of which Shakespeare's ‘dark lady’ sonnets are the best-known examples.

Keywords:   blackness, seventeenth-century literary texts, John Barclay, ugly beauty, Shakespeare, poems

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