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Sivefors, P. (2019). "A kingdom for a man": The troubled male of Marston's verse satires. In: Presented at Conference 2019, The Marston Effect: John Marston and Early Modern Culture: Lincoln College, Oxford. 29 to 31 March 2019. Paper presented at Conference 2019, The Marston Effect: John Marston and Early Modern Culture. Lincoln College, Oxford. 29 to 31 March 2019. Leeds: University of Leeds
Open this publication in new window or tab >>"A kingdom for a man": The troubled male of Marston's verse satires
2019 (English)In: Presented at Conference 2019, The Marston Effect: John Marston and Early Modern Culture: Lincoln College, Oxford. 29 to 31 March 2019, Leeds: University of Leeds , 2019Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Recent years have seen extensive research in fields such as early modern masculinities, violence and the passions, although rarely so in connection with satire. This is despite the fact that the angry male satirist has been at the focus of much criticism of Elizabethan satire, particularly Marston’s, since Alvin Kernan’s seminal The Cankered Muse (1959). The present paper suggests that Marston’s verse satire enacts early modern notions of masculinity, although not simply in the sense of reproducing patriarchal norms. Despite their enthusiastic, Juvenalian attacks on all sorts of male depravity, Marston’s satires do not offer a straightforward reproductions of traditional norms. Rather, through the varying registers of the satirist – which far from always embody the standard ‘angry’ persona – and the tendency to aggressively challenge the reader and various people in the poems, Marston’s satires in one sense explore alternative, non-patriarchal codes of male competition. At the same time, the satirist explicitly denies involvement in typical rituals of male bonding such as drinking and drunkenness. In other words, Marston’s satirical stance involves the fashioning of a deliberately extreme male that stands outside early modern ideals of self-control but also in some respects rejects the notion of excess. Stoicism and Calvinism, both of which have been discussed as ideological frameworks for Marston’s satires, do not offer reassurance in this respect; rather, the paper concludes, the very extremity of Marston’s persona can be said to challenge the (male) reader to himself find an answer to the question: what is a man?

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Leeds: University of Leeds, 2019
Keywords
John Marston, satire, Elizabethan satire, early modern literature, masculinity
National Category
Specific Languages General Literature Studies
Research subject
Humanities, English literature; Humanities, Comparative literature
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-81576 (URN)
Conference
Conference 2019, The Marston Effect: John Marston and Early Modern Culture. Lincoln College, Oxford. 29 to 31 March 2019
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 2016-02616
Available from: 2019-04-01 Created: 2019-04-01 Last updated: 2019-04-09Bibliographically approved
Sivefors, P. (2019). Masculinity and husbandry in Joseph Hall's Virgidemiarum. Renaissance Studies, 33(2), 204-221
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Masculinity and husbandry in Joseph Hall's Virgidemiarum
2019 (English)In: Renaissance Studies, ISSN 0269-1213, E-ISSN 1477-4658, Vol. 33, no 2, p. 204-221Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Verse satire from Roman times and onward draws extensively on gender stereotypes in its depictions of urban and decadent men. While clearly drawing on such literary traditions, Joseph Hall's Virgidemiarum (1597–98) spans over a wider register in emphasising both rural and urban contexts, and in focusing specifically on aspects of husbandry, pedigree and provision. Rather than being simply classical imitation, the failed men of Hall's satires should be understood from the economic context of early modern masculinity, which constituted manhood in terms of pedigree and providing for one's household. Unlike other Elizabethan satire, which predominantly attacks sexual vice as an urban phenomenon, Virgidemiarum depicts flawed manhood in broader terms of failed husbandry. In doing so, the essay contends, Hall's satires re‐enact changes in social structure and in the conceptions of masculinity at the time.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, 2019
Keywords
Joseph Hall, Elizabethan satire, early modern satire, masculinity, husbandry
National Category
Specific Literatures
Research subject
Humanities, English literature; Humanities, Comparative literature
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-81117 (URN)10.1111/rest.12390 (DOI)000461858500003 ()2-s2.0-85041229482 (Scopus ID)
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 2016-02616
Available from: 2019-03-15 Created: 2019-03-15 Last updated: 2019-04-05Bibliographically approved
Sivefors, P. (2019). Observation, Control and Sir Thomas More. LIR.journal, 10, 28-38
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Observation, Control and Sir Thomas More
2019 (English)In: LIR.journal, ISSN 1102-9773, Vol. 10, p. 28-38Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

It is hardly controversial to say that the Elizabethan play Sir Thomas More (1592–93?) is insistently preoccupied with issues of surveillance, control and punishment. In its depiction of the Ill May Day Riots in 1517 and the subsequent downfall of Thomas More, the play represents both More’s role as surveyor of the crowd and a victim of royal surveillance and punishment. However, in its twists and turns of plot Sir Thomas More transcends generalizations about penal justice. While not staging a “pre-panoptic” system of control, the play frequently but ironically thematizes surveillanceas an instrument of power, but it falls short of suggesting that surveillance produces pliable individuals. Instead, Sir Thomas More comes close to suggesting repentance rather than retribution as a model of justice, though this model is also made problematic through the character of Thomas More. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Gothenburg: University of Gothenburg, 2019
Keywords
Sir Thomas More, Elizabethan drama, early modern literature, early modern theatre, surveillance, control
National Category
General Literature Studies
Research subject
Humanities, English literature; Humanities, Comparative literature
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-82475 (URN)
Available from: 2019-05-08 Created: 2019-05-08 Last updated: 2019-08-06Bibliographically approved
Sivefors, P. (2019). Satire, Age, and Manliness in Everard Guilpin’s Skialetheia. English literary renaissance, 49(2), 201-223
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Satire, Age, and Manliness in Everard Guilpin’s Skialetheia
2019 (English)In: English literary renaissance, ISSN 0013-8312, E-ISSN 1475-6757, Vol. 49, no 2, p. 201-223Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The present essay suggests that Everard Guilpin’s collection of satirical poetry, Skialetheia (1598), is entrenched in early modern notions of age and masculinity. While criticism has claimed that Guilpin’s satirical persona is mostly inconsistent and self-contradictory, this essay argues that Skialetheia is structured around a model of progression toward manly self-control. The epigrams, placed before the satires, and the first three satires predominantly rely on flyting, aggression, and a reckless, “youthful” persona whereas the three last satires increasingly come to emphasize distancing, composure, and Stoical as well as proverbial wisdom—features that are consistent with Renaissance constructions of masculinity around notions of self-control. In other words, while Elizabethan satire has often been noted both for its aggressive and violent character and for the youth of the men who mostly wrote it, Skialetheia to some extent demonstrates an aesthetic and moral distancing from such dimensions. In a wider sense, the essay therefore suggests that previous views of Elizabethan satire as consistently “angry” or “low” in style need to be re-considered. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2019
Keywords
satire, Elizabethan literature, early modern poetry, Everard Guilpin, masculinity, age
National Category
Specific Literatures Specific Languages
Research subject
Humanities, English literature; Humanities, Comparative literature
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-81911 (URN)10.1086/702635 (DOI)000465325300003 ()
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 2016-02616
Available from: 2019-04-12 Created: 2019-04-12 Last updated: 2019-05-14Bibliographically approved
Sivefors, P. (2018). A Kingdom for a Man: Representing Masculinity in Late Elizabethan Verse Satire. In: The 64th Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America: New Orleans, 22 March - 24 March 2018. Paper presented at The 64th Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America : New Orleans, 22 March - 24 March 2018. All Academic
Open this publication in new window or tab >>A Kingdom for a Man: Representing Masculinity in Late Elizabethan Verse Satire
2018 (English)In: The 64th Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America: New Orleans, 22 March - 24 March 2018, All Academic , 2018Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The present paper suggests that the representations of manhood in Elizabethan satire mobilized cultural and sexual values at odds with prevailing masculine ideals of self-control. Thus, the paper investigates to what extent the conventions and conditions of early modern satire imply redefinitions of or challenges to early modern masculinity. While other types of poetry often explore emotional weakness such as tears or effeminacy, even representing ‘alternative’ masculinities, satire is extensively preoccupied with other forms of flawed manhood, such as the angry, dissolute or reckless man. Elizabethan satire explores countercodes of manly conduct, although such countercodes are manifestly different from the ‘soft’ or ‘effeminate’ man of much lyric poetry. Instead, the disorderly and unruly manhood in Elizabethan satire should be understood as an interrogation of classical genre conventions that also responds to early modern patriarchal notions of moderation.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
All Academic, 2018
Keywords
Satire, masculinity, Elizabethan literature, early modern literature, Joseph Hall, John Marston, Everard Guilpin
National Category
Specific Languages General Literature Studies
Research subject
Humanities, English literature; Humanities, Comparative literature
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-71831 (URN)
Conference
The 64th Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America : New Orleans, 22 March - 24 March 2018
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 2016-02616
Available from: 2018-03-27 Created: 2018-03-27 Last updated: 2018-05-21Bibliographically approved
Sivefors, P. (2018). A supposed quotation from Augustine in Thomas Nashe's Christs teares over Jerusalem. Notes and Queries, 65(1), 49-49
Open this publication in new window or tab >>A supposed quotation from Augustine in Thomas Nashe's Christs teares over Jerusalem
2018 (English)In: Notes and Queries, ISSN 0029-3970, E-ISSN 1471-6941, Vol. 65, no 1, p. 49-49Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Oxford University Press, 2018
National Category
Languages and Literature
Research subject
Humanities, Comparative literature
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-72024 (URN)10.1093/notesj/gjx216 (DOI)000427001100019 ()
Available from: 2018-03-29 Created: 2018-03-29 Last updated: 2018-03-29Bibliographically approved
Sivefors, P. (2018). Dreams, Autobiography and the Upward Journey in Girolamo Cardano's De vita propria liber. In: Frida Forsgren, Tor Vegge (Ed.), Hagiographic Adaptations: (pp. 83-97). Pisa: Fabrizio Serra Editore
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Dreams, Autobiography and the Upward Journey in Girolamo Cardano's De vita propria liber
2018 (English)In: Hagiographic Adaptations / [ed] Frida Forsgren, Tor Vegge, Pisa: Fabrizio Serra Editore, 2018, p. 83-97Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This essay argues that the dream narratives in Girolamo Cardano’s autobiography De vita proper liber (written 1575) share important characteristics with the didactic and exemplary uses of dreams in late classical and medieval hagiography. While not a piece of hagiography in itself, Cardano’s book features dreams with a particularly rich indebtedness to Christian and hagiographic devices such as the “upward ascent” narrative also found in saints’ dreams. Moreover, Cardano’s dreams, the Christian element of which has been underplayed by scholars, also posit the dreamer as a mediator between God and audience in ways that my article relates to the exemplary force in divine dreams. Thus, in the extension the article also deals with how to mediate dreams (editing them, writing them down, conferring authority on them) and investigates the senses in which dreams achieved status as “true” or “prophetic”.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Pisa: Fabrizio Serra Editore, 2018
Series
Early modern and modern studies, ISSN 1828-2164 ; 10
Keywords
dreams, dreams in literature, Renaissance literature, Girolamo Cardano, autobiography, life writing, hagiography
National Category
General Literature Studies
Research subject
Humanities, Comparative literature
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-73791 (URN)978-88-3315-115-1 (ISBN)978-88-3315-116-8 (ISBN)
Available from: 2018-05-03 Created: 2018-05-03 Last updated: 2018-09-25Bibliographically approved
Sivefors, P. (2018). “Heere may I sit, yet walke to Westminster”: Urban Peregrination in Elizabethan Verse Satire. In: Walking and Wandering in Early Modern Culture and Literature: A joint London Renaissance Seminar / Paris Early Modern Seminar Conference, 21-22 June 2018. Paper presented at Walking and Wandering in Early Modern Culture and Literature : A joint London Renaissance Seminar / Paris Early Modern Seminar Conference, 21-22 June 2018.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>“Heere may I sit, yet walke to Westminster”: Urban Peregrination in Elizabethan Verse Satire
2018 (English)In: Walking and Wandering in Early Modern Culture and Literature: A joint London Renaissance Seminar / Paris Early Modern Seminar Conference, 21-22 June 2018, 2018Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Central to verse satire since its Roman inception, walking, particularly in city space, is an integral element also to Elizabethan satirical poetry. Rather than assume a strict pattern of imitation from Roman to Elizabethan, however, this paper argues that the device of the city walk in satirists such as Donne, Guilpin and Marston responds to pattern of urbanisation in the late 16th century as well as new forms of representing city space in visual and conceptual terms. To these poets, the city becomes a space that is both traversable and mappable, and rather than simply describe urban territory, satirical writing also – in Michel de Certau’s words – ‘manipulates spatial organization’.

Keywords
satire, Elizabethan poetry, walking, wandering, Everard Guilpin, John Donne
National Category
Specific Literatures
Research subject
Humanities, English literature; Humanities, Comparative literature
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-77737 (URN)
Conference
Walking and Wandering in Early Modern Culture and Literature : A joint London Renaissance Seminar / Paris Early Modern Seminar Conference, 21-22 June 2018
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 2016-02616
Available from: 2018-09-13 Created: 2018-09-13 Last updated: 2018-10-26Bibliographically approved
Sivefors, P. (2018). ‘Maymd Soldiours or poore Schollers’: Warfare and Self-Referentiality in the Works of Thomas Nashe. Cahiers Élisabéthains, 95(1), 62-73
Open this publication in new window or tab >>‘Maymd Soldiours or poore Schollers’: Warfare and Self-Referentiality in the Works of Thomas Nashe
2018 (English)In: Cahiers Élisabéthains, ISSN 0184-7678, E-ISSN 2054-4715, Vol. 95, no 1, p. 62-73Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The present article suggests that war and peace are explored in the works of Thomas Nashe as figures for the condition of the writer. Throughout his career, including his troubles with the authorities and his conflict with Gabriel Harvey, Nashe makes use of the war metaphor in order to elaborate on the condition of authorship. However, war is also a literal presence in Nashe’s texts, which frequently reference events like the Spanish Armada or the campaign in Ireland. Thus, the article examines the complex interplay between social reality and self-referential metaphor that characterizes Nashe’s use and descriptions of warfare.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sage Publications, 2018
Keywords
Thomas Nashe, war in literature, early modern literature, The Unfortunate Traveller, Pierce Penilesse, Christs Teares Over Jerusalem
National Category
Specific Languages Specific Literatures
Research subject
Humanities, English literature; Humanities, Comparative literature
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-72335 (URN)10.1177/0184767817749249 (DOI)000429769300004 ()
Available from: 2018-04-06 Created: 2018-04-06 Last updated: 2019-07-09Bibliographically approved
Sivefors, P. (2018). ‘Oh what a pageant's this’: Theatrics and Performance in Elizabethan Verse Satire. In: Genre Bending: Appopriation, Modulation and Subversion, Det norske institutt i Roma. Paper presented at Genre Bending: Appopriation, Modulation and Subversion, Det norske institutt i Roma.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>‘Oh what a pageant's this’: Theatrics and Performance in Elizabethan Verse Satire
2018 (English)In: Genre Bending: Appopriation, Modulation and Subversion, Det norske institutt i Roma, 2018Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Although satire is generally known for its problematic relationship to aspects of genre, the formal verse satires written in the 1590s by for example John Donne and John Marston are usually thought of in terms of imitation of classical satirists like Horace, Juvenal and Persius. However, despite the fact that several satirical writers were also theatregoers and at least Marston made a career as a playwright, little attention has been paid to the question whether Elizabethan satire was also infused with a theatrical understanding of space and dialogue. Although frequently thought of as ‘monologic’, Elizabethan verse satire displays patterns that could be termed theatrical in the sense of exploring differing, conflicting voices; Marston not least excels in this type of polyvalent, inconsistent dramatic persona. Moreover, the satirists’ strong sense of dramatic, urban space is not only imitated from Latin models but, the paper argues, is an emulative, visualizing and genre-bending take on classical satire.

Keywords
Early modern literature, Elizabethan satire, genre, genre bending, John Marston, John Donne, Joseph Hall
National Category
General Literature Studies Specific Languages
Research subject
Humanities, English literature; Humanities, Comparative literature
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-78640 (URN)
Conference
Genre Bending: Appopriation, Modulation and Subversion, Det norske institutt i Roma
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 2016-02616
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Available from: 2018-11-02 Created: 2018-11-02 Last updated: 2019-01-22Bibliographically approved
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