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Satire, Age, and Manliness in Everard Guilpin’s Skialetheia
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Languages.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2469-6431
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. 

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Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2019. Vol. 49, no 2, p. 201-223
Keywords [en]
satire, Elizabethan literature, early modern poetry, Everard Guilpin, masculinity, age
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Humanities, English literature; Humanities, Comparative literature
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-81911DOI: 10.1086/702635ISI: 000465325300003Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85064315852OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-81911DiVA, id: diva2:1304682
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Swedish Research Council, 2016-02616Available from: 2019-04-12 Created: 2019-04-12 Last updated: 2019-08-29Bibliographically approved

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