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Narrative strategies in Sir Philip Sidney’s Astrophil and Stella

J. Gouws
Literator | Vol 31, No 3 | a58 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/lit.v31i3.58 | © 2010 J. Gouws | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 16 July 2010 | Published: 25 July 2010

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J. Gouws, Research Unit for Languages & Literature, Potchefstroom Campus, North-West University, South Africa

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Abstract

In this article I suggest that historically lyric and narrative are not mutually exclusive categories. Focusing on the case of Sir Philip Sidney’s sonnet sequence, “Astrophil and Stella”, I argue that the fundamentally lyric form of the sonnet functions rhetorically and contextually in such a way as to invite narrative construal. I suggest that this is the norm in pre-Enlightenment poetic practice and theory, something which was perhaps occluded by the decline of interest in rhetoric.

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Astrophil And Stella; Mimesis; Rhetorical Figures; Sir Philip Sidney; Rosemond Tuve

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