Labor and Writing in Early Modern England, 1567�1667

1st Edition

Laurie Ellinghausen

Routledge
Published November 29, 2017
Reference - 166 Pages
ISBN 9780815390091 - CAT# K344559

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Summary

Looking at texts by non-aristocratic authors, in this study Laurie Ellinghausen investigates the relationship between nascent early modern notions of professional authorship and the emerging idea of vocation - the sense that one's identity is bound up in one's work. Ellinghausen analyzes how the concept of labor as a calling, which was assisted by early modern experiments in democracy, print, and Protestant religion, had a lasting effect on the history of authorship as a profession. In so doing, she reveals the construction of an approach to early modern authorship that values diligence over the courtly values of leisure and play. This study expands the scope of scholarship to develop a cultural history that acknowledges the considerable impact of non-aristocratic poets on the idea of authorship as a vocation. Ellinghausen shows that our modern, post-Romantic notions of the professional writer as materially impoverished-and yet committed to his or her art-has recognizable roots in early modern England's workaday lives.

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