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Sir Thomas Wyatt and the Rhetoric of Rewriting: 'Turning the Word'

Chris Stamatakis


This study reappraises Sir Thomas Wyatt (c.1504-1542) as a poetic innovator from the literary avant-garde of early Tudor England. It discusses Wyatt’s self-conscious reflections on the writing process, and his awareness of how words are turned in new directions over the course of a text’s production, transmission and reception. Where previous studies have aligned Wyatt’s poetry with his courtly biography, this book examines the reading practices of his Tudor audiences and editors, and considers the types of textuality shown by the manuscript collections of his verse. By setting Wyatt’s writing ... More

Keywords: Sir Thomas Wyatt, rewriting, authorship, rhetoric, copia, transmission, reception, material textuality, manuscript and print, literary theory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199644407
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199644407.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Chris Stamatakis, author
Leverhulme Early Career Fellow and Oakeshott Junior Research Fellow, Lincoln College, Oxford