By L. Zionkowski
This publication examines how the idea that of the poet as a male specialist emerged in the course of the recovery and 18th century. reading works via writers from Rochester to Johnson, Linda Zionkowski argues that the possibilities for ebook created by way of the expansion of a advertisement marketplace in texts profoundly challenged aristocratic conceptions of authorship and adjusted the prestige poets at the hierarchies of sophistication and gender. The e-book proposes that in this era, discourse concerning the poet’s social position either published and produced an important shift in configurations of masculinity: the idea that commodifying their psychological exertions undermined writers’ cultural authority gave method to a party of the market’s functionality because the proving floor for either literary benefit and bourgeois manhood.
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The connection between poets’ engagement in the commercial book trade and their assertion of sexual power in their culture appears again in John Dryden’s writings. Chapter two examines how Dryden represented in gendered terms his transition from the playhouse to print—from reliance upon stage proﬁts to contracts with booksellers. Throughout the time of his laureateship, Dryden’s income was secured by his work as a dramatist, and the prologues and epilogues to his plays reveal the anxiety that he experienced over their public performance.
D. Clark, “The small-sword was an article of everyday wear for all gentlemen until the last two decades of the eighteenth century: that gentlemen normally went armed is an important deﬁning characteristic of membership of the elite. The sword, too, was . . an object of status. ”38 By neglecting to employ his sword, Scroope willingly gives over his place in the ruling class: his preferences for Poets of the Times S 45 verses provides, in Rochester’s words, “a revenge so tame” (“Timon,” 24) against dishonor that it levels Scroope with tradesmen like Julian.
25 Dryden proved all too prophetic on this point, for Rochester’s “An Allusion to Horace” (1675-76) repeatedly attacks the laureate in an extended critique of Restoration writers. Rochester begins by voicing his suspicion of Dryden’s popularity: he admits that his plays, “Embroider’d” or ornamented with wit and learning,“justly pleas’d the Towne” (6), yet suggests that providing pleasure itself degrades the playwright. Drama, because of its public character, is subject to the judgment of “Clapping-Fooles,” whose approval signiﬁes little.
Men's Work: Gender, Class, and the Professionalization of Poetry, 1660-1784 by L. Zionkowski