Presented in two volumes, The Ashgate Research Companion to The Sidneys, 1500-1700 assesses the current state of scholarship on members of the Sidney family and their impact, as historical and/or literary figures, in the period 1500-1700. Volume 2: Literature, begins with an exploration of the Sidneys' books and manuscripts and how they circulated, followed by an overview of the contributions of family members -Sir Philip Sidney; Mary Sidney Herbert, Countess of Pembroke; Lady Mary Wroth; Robert Sidney, Earl of Leicester; and William Herbert, Earl of Pembroke - in the genres of prose romance, drama, poetry, psalms and prose. These essays outline major controversies and areas for further research, as well as conducting literary analysis.
Table of Contents
Contents: Preface; Part I Overview: The Sidneys and their books, Joseph L. Black. Part II The Sidneys and the Circulation of Their Works in Manuscript and Print: The circulation of the Sidney Psalter, Noel J. Kinnamon; The circulation of Sir Philip Sidney’s Arcadia, H.R. Woudhuysen; The circulation of writings by Mary Sidney Herbert, Countess of Pembroke, Garth Bond; The circulation of writings by Lady Mary Wroth, Ilona Bell. Part III Prose Romance: Sir Philip Sidney’s Arcadias, Kenneth Borris; Continuations and imitations of the Arcadia, Clare R. Kinney; Lady Mary Sidney Wroth: The Countess of Montgomery’s Urania, Helen Hackett. Part IV Prose: Sir Philip Sidney: The Defence of Poesy, Robert E. Stillman; Tudor political theory and Sidneian prose, Joel B. Davis; Mary Sidney Herbert, Countess of Pembroke: A Discourse of Life and Death, Elaine V. Beilin. Part V Drama: Mary Sidney Herbert, Countess of Pembroke: Antonius (1592), Barry Weller; Lady Mary Wroth: Love’s Victory, Alison Findlay. Part VI Poetry: Sir Philip Sidney: Astrophil and Stella, Danila Sokolov; Robert Sidney’s poetry, Mary B. Moore; Lady Mary Wroth’s poetry, Paul Salzman; The Poetry of William Herbert, Third Earl of Pembroke, Mary Ellen Lamb. Part VII Psalms: Sir Philip Sidney’s psalms, Anne Lake Prescott; The psalms of Mary Sidney Herbert, Countess of Pembroke, Danielle Clarke; The influence of Sidney Psalter, Hannibal Hamlin. Part VIII Conclusion: Future directions for Sidney Studies, Mary Ellen Lamb. Index.
'The Ashgate Research Companion to The Sidneys not only brings the reader up-to-date with current scholarship about the principal members of this talented family, but offers as well new analysis of what is known, new insights into their lives and works, and suggestions for further study. This is an invaluable compendium of current understanding about all major aspects of Sidney research.' Steven W. May, Emory University, USA