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A COURTIER'S LEGACY: CASTIGLIONE'S LITERARY INFLUENCE ON ELIZABETH ENGLAND

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This thesis examines the cultural influence of Baldesar Castiglione’s Book of the Courtier on European culture. Specifically, argue that the Courtier had a profound influence on Elizabethan England and its cultural development. I achieve this goal by examining various genres of literature during this period, and analyze Castiglione’s effect on the author’s writing and attitudes exhibited in the works. In examining a treatise, play, and epic romance, I surmise that various facets of Castiglione’s seminal work influenced these forms in unique. Each work I examined utilizes the Courtier in putting forth and strengthening their own views of how society should act. Thus, examining these works through a Castiglionian lens provide a microcosm of what other Elizabethans were thinking at this time. Whether they consciously knew it, the English population, especially the aristocracy, absorbed Castiglione’s ideologies and integrated them into a developing English society. This thesis provides a template for such an examination.
subject
Castiglione
Renaissance Literature
The Book of the Courtier
Philip Sidney
John Lyly
George Puttenham
contributor
Vitale, Michael (author)
Valbuena, Olga (committee chair)
Holdridge, Jefferson (committee member)
Ettin, Andrew (committee member)
date
2010-05-07T20:19:27Z (accessioned)
2010-06-18T18:57:58Z (accessioned)
2010-05-07T20:19:27Z (available)
2010-06-18T18:57:58Z (available)
2010-05-07T20:19:27Z (issued)
degree
English (discipline)
identifier
http://hdl.handle.net/10339/14731 (uri)
language
en_US (iso)
publisher
Wake Forest University
rights
Release the entire work immediately for access worldwide. (accessRights)
title
A COURTIER'S LEGACY: CASTIGLIONE'S LITERARY INFLUENCE ON ELIZABETH ENGLAND
type
Thesis

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