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Title: Scottish amatory lyric, 1561-1604
Author: Dunnigan, Sarah M.
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1997
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The secular amatory lyric in Scottish vernacular literature of the period 1560 - 1604 is the subject of this thesis which is critical and theoretical in its approach. In historical and cultural terms, the study is concerned with lyric poetry associated with the courts of Mary, Queen of Scots and James VI; the work of principle lyricists (for example, Alexander Scott Alexander Montgomerie, William Fowler, William Alexander) is analysed individually but the thesis also pursues the literary and cultural implications of neglected anonymous material in manucript miscellanies. The thesis argues that the tension between imitation and invention, which James VI identified in this critical treatise of 1584 as the chief impetus for a newly redefined nationalist poetic, lies at the heart of the period's amatory lyric. The pressure to recreate and reinvent this genre is analysed in three main fields: (1) rhetoric (the vexed issue of language and self-presentation; the mannerist exaggerations of amatory conceit by Alexander Montgomerie); (2) philosophies of desire (the reconception of Neoplatonic amatory thought by Mary Queen of Scott's lyrics; the rewriting of Petrarch's theological resolution of secular desire by William Fowler) (3) construction so 'the feminine' (who the female believed is rhetorically and symbolically conceived; how the feminine voice and the female desiring subject profoundly challenge a masculine literary system; how a feminist reading strategy influences the reception of these lyrics). Ultimately the thesis seeks to demonstrate (by a combination of critical and theoretical analysis, and cultural contextualisation) how various practitioners of the Scottish secular love lyric fashioned distinctive and innovative forms of the genre.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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