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Approaches to Teaching Shorter Elizabethan Poetry

Editor(s): Patrick Cheney, Anne Lake Prescott

Pages: xiv & 331 pp.
Published: 2000
ISBN: 9780873527545 (paperback)
ISBN: 9780873527538 (hardcover)

"I wish something like this had been available when I started out! But I'm glad it's available now, because even after twenty years of teaching this poetry I find myself repeatedly instructed and inspired by the wealth of ideas and information Cheney and Prescott have managed to assemble."
David Lee Miller, author, The Poem's Two Bodies: The Poetics of the 1590 Faerie Queene, and coeditor, The Production of English Renaissance Culture

"There is very specific advice about what to do in the classroom useful for both those teaching Elizabethan poetry for the first time and for experienced teachers wanting to vary their repertory."
Lauren Silberman, author, Transforming Desire: Erotic Knowledge in Books III and IV of the Faerie Queene

Teaching Elizabethan poems, Patrick Cheney and Anne Lake Prescott tell us in their preface to this book, "can provide pleasure and insight, but it can also be a challenge: modern students, and even modern teachers, sometimes find shorter Elizabethan poems aesthetically or emotionally engaging but culturally remote and intellectually difficult." This collection of essays presents materials and strategies for helping students and teachers share in the enjoyment of Elizabethan poetry, including verse by authors such as Thomas Campion, John Donne, Michael Drayton, Elizabeth I, George Gascoigne, Ben Jonson, Christopher Marlowe, Walter Ralegh, Mary Sidney, Philip Sidney, William Shakespeare, John Skelton, Edmund Spenser, the earl of Surrey, Mary Wroth, and Thomas Wyatt.

Like other books in the Approaches to Teaching World Literature series, this volume is divided into two parts. Part 1, "Materials," suggests texts and anthologies for use in the classroom and identifies important background resources and critical studies for the instructor. From this profusion of information, the coeditor, Patrick Cheney, recommends a convenient list of items for the instructor in a hurry. Part 2, "Approaches," contains thirty-seven essays on teaching individual poems and authors or a selection of poems, as well as developing an entire course using a coherent critical narrative.

Table of Contents

Approaches to Teaching Shorter Elizabethan Poetry

Patrick Cheney


Classroom Texts
Individual Poets

Additional Student Readings

The Instructor's Library
Reference Works
Background Studies and Critical Works

Cheney's Choice

Note on Texts


Anne Lake Prescott

Teaching Backgrounds

Elizabethan Poetry in the Postmodern Classroom
Clark Hulse

The Origins and Art of Versification in Early Modern English
Suzanne Woods

From Medieval to Tudor Lyric: Familiarizing Rhetoric
Judith H. Anderson

Framing the Authentic Petrarch: From the Rime sparse to Astrophil and Stella
William J. Kennedy

Religious Backgrounds of Elizabethan Shorter Poetry
Deborah Shuger

"Tradition and the Individual Talent": Teaching Ovid and the Epyllion in the Context of the 1590s
Georgia E. Brown

"The Mushroom Conception of Idle Brains": Antipoetic Sentiment in the Classroom
Peter C. Herman

Selected Pedagogical Strategies, Courses, Units, Assignments

Sex and the Shorter Poem
Julia Reinhard Lupton

Giving Voice to Renaissance Lyric
Theresa M. Krier

Philomela and the Gender of Nightingales
Mary Ellen Lamb

The Multiple Readerships of Elizabethan Poetry
Caroline McManus

Placing Elizabethan Poetry: Some Classroom Ideas
Louise Schleiner

Infinite Riches and Very Little Room: Speeding through Some Sonnets in the Introductory Historical Survey
Clare R. Kinney

Incorporating Women Writers into the Survey Course: The Countess of Pembroke's Psalm 73 and Astrophil and Stella, Sonnet 5
Margaret P. Hannay

Teaching Renaissance Manuscript Poetry
Steven W. May

Editing an Elizabethan Poem: A Course Assignment
Sheila T. Cavanagh

The Elizabethan Age Portfolio: Using Writing to Teach Shorter Elizabethan Poetry
John Webster

Critical and Theoretical Approaches

Teaching Genre
Heather Dubrow

Impressions of Poetry: The Publication of Elizabethan Lyric Verse
David Scott Kastan

New Historicism and the Cultural Aesthetics of High Elizabethan Lyric
Patricia Fumerton

Poststructuralism: Teaching the Amoretti
Roger Kuin

"Love is Not (Heterosexual) Love": Historicizing Sexuality in Elizabethan Poetry
Mario DiGangi

What's Race Got to Do with It? Teaching Shorter Elizabethan Poetry
Margo Hendricks

Teaching Specific Poems and Poets

Motives for Metaphor in Gascoigne's and Ralegh's Poems
Jane Hedley

A Week with the Calender
John W. Moore, Jr.

Learning to Love the Star Lover: Teaching Astrophil and Stella
Diana E. Henderson

Elizabeth I: Poet of Danger
Janet Mueller

Teaching Noncanonical Poetry to Undergraduates: The Sonnets of Anne Vaughan Lock
Susan M. Felch

Words and Music: Campion and the Song Tradition
Stephen Ratcliffe

Reading Marlowe's Lyric
Arthur F. Kinney

Teaching Spenser's Marriage Poetry: Amoretti, Epithalamion, Prothalamion
Patrick Cheney and Anne Lake Prescott

Making Shakespeare's Sonnets Matter in the Classroom
Michael Schoenfeldt

Teaching Critical Narratives of the Elizabethan Age

A Story of Generations
Richard Helgerson

Chaucer and the Elizabethan Invention of the "Selfe"
Elizabeth Fowler

Wolves in Shepherds' Folds: Elizabethan Shorter Poetry and Reformation Culture
John N. King

The Experimental and the Local
Roland Greene

Elizabethan Lyric Poetry and Early Modern Print Culture
Arthur F. Marotti

Works Cited

Index of Selected Works

Index of Names

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