The Site of Petrarchism
Early Modern National Sentiment in Italy, France, and England
Kennedy begins with a survey of Petrarch's poetry and its citation in Italy, explaining how major commentators tried to present Petrarch as a spokesperson for competing versions of national identity. He then shows how Petrarch's model helped define social class, political power, and national identity in mid-sixteenth-century France, particularly in the nationalistic sonnet cycles of Joachim Du Bellay. Finally, Kennedy discusses how Philip Sidney and his sister Mary and niece Mary Wroth reworked Petrarch's model to secure their family's involvement in forging a national policy under Elizabeth I and James I .
Treating the subject of early modern national expression from a broad comparative perspective, The Site of Petrarchism will be of interest to scholars of late medieval and early modern literature in Europe, historians of culture, and critical theorists.
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"Imbued with historical learning and literary acumen, Kennedy's study is required reading for all scholarly toilers in the sites of Renaissance lyric."—Mary Moore, Spenser Review
"The Site of Petrarchism is an original, fearsomely learned, and deftly argued study. Only Kennedy could write this book, but everyone in the field will have to read it and absorb its conclusions. The book is destined for a long life in serious scholarship."—Roland Greene, Stanford University
"The book's international perspective makes it especially valuable to anyone seeking a sense of how Petrarch was read and understood in a broader European context."—Robert C. Evans, Sixteenth Century Journal
"The wealth of materials contained in the book is impressive, the prose is compelling, and the argument is persuasive, detailed, and powerful."—Patricia Phillippy, Journal of Literature, History, and the Philosophy of History
"This is a book worth reading."—Richard Helgerson, Comparative Literature Studies
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