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Praise and Paradox Merchants and Craftsmen in Elizabethan Popular Literature

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ISBN-10: 0521522072

ISBN-13: 9780521522076

Edition: 2002

Authors: Laura Caroline Stevenson, Lyndal Roper

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Praise and Paradox explores the relationship of language, literary structure, and social ideology in the popular Elizabethan literature that praised merchants, industrialists and craftsmen. Part I defines a canon of 296 popular vernacular works, relates the increasing popularity of tales about tradesmen to the development of the English economy and the expansion of the Elizabethan audience, and discusses the social origins of the popular authors. Part II is concerned with the change of the merchant's literary image from that of a greedy usurer to that of a 'businessman in armour' who defended his monarch on the battlefield and entertained princes at lavish banquets. Part III discusses the…    
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Book details

List price: $42.99
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 8/22/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 268
Size: 5.55" wide x 8.54" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

CRIS BEAM is a journalist who has written for several national magazines as well as for public radio. She has an MFA in nonfiction from Columbia University and teaches creative writing at Columbia and the New School. She lives in New York.Lyndal Roper is professor of history at the University of Oxford and a fellow of Balliol College.

Prefactory note
Introduction: praise and paradox
Elizabethan Popular Literature
Elizabethan popular literature and its economic context
The popular Elizabethan authors
The popular Elizabethan audience
The Business in Armour
Principal citizens and chief yeomen
The merchant as usurer: a stock image in decline
The merchant as knight, courtier and prince
Lessons in diligence and thrift
The Gentle Craftsman
Clown and rebel: the craftsman as one of 'the fourth sort of people'
The gentle craftsman in Arcadia