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Title: 'Witness William Strode' : manuscript contexts, circulation and reception
Author: Seddon, Callum
ISNI:       0000 0004 6495 2166
Awarding Body: University of Oxford
Current Institution: University of Oxford
Date of Award: 2016
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This thesis is concerned with how we read, edit, and understand the socio-textual relationships between seventeenth-century literary manuscripts. It takes as its subject William Strode (1601?-1645), poet, preacher, and Public Orator of the University of Oxford. In particular, this study examines the transmission and reception of Strode's English verse, predominantly by examining verse miscellanies of the 1620s, 1630s and 1640s. Chapter 1 provides the most extensive account of Strode's life to date, situating his career as a manuscript-publishing poet alongside his academic and clerical careers and social and literary contexts. Chapter 2 studies Strode's autograph manuscripts in detail, focusing on an autograph notebook, in which Strode transcribed and revised his poems; a booklet of eight poems which provide insight into how Strode circulated his verse; and a no longer extant, authorial manuscript of Strode's verse, which raises the question of whether or not Strode intended to print his poems in a single-author collection. Chapter 3 follows Strode's poems from these autograph manuscripts into four verse miscellanies compiled by his most prolific collectors, and makes original arguments about how Strode's poems circulated in seventeenth-century Oxford. This chapter ends with a discussion of two poems by Strode, once thought lost to scholarship. Chapter 4 moves from Christ Church to consider the social and textual coordinates of Strode's Oxford, and non-Oxford readers, offering reconsiderations and revisions of arguments about the provenance of a range of verse miscellanies. Chapter 5 considers the reception of Strode's poetry in the verse miscellany, and uses this evidence to refine theorizations of 'social editing' and 'textual malleability', before offering guidelines towards an edition of Strode's English verse.
Supervisor: Smyth, Adam Sponsor: University of Oxford
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: English literature--Early modern ; Early Modern Literature ; William Strode ; Verse Miscellanies ; Manuscripts ; Textual Transmission