Ivic, C (2015) ‘For the republicke’: Samuel Daniel’s ‘A panegyrike congratulatorie to the Kings Maiestie’ (1603). In: Samuel Daniel, Poet and Historian, 10-11 September 2015, The Royal College of Music, London.

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This paper explores the politics of Samuel Daniel’s ‘A panegyrike congratulatorie to the Kings Maiestie’. It does so, to a certain extent, by attending to the political content of the poem: how is the ‘State’/’Kingdom’/’Nation’ imagined? how is King James represented? what kind of advice does Daniel offer the new monarch? This paper then delves deeper into the politics of this poem by exploring the publication and transmission of Daniel’s poem—or poems, given that his ‘Panegyrike’ exists in multiple copies: manuscript, print, folio, octavo, duodecimo. It is precisely the publication and transmission history of the Panegyrike (along with Certaine Epistles) that invites us to reread the Panegyrike as a poem that, paradoxically (given the occasion: ie, James’s accession), offers a less monarchical, more republican imagining of the nation, one in which authority is invested not solely in the monarch but dispersed among the nation’s cultural and political elite. In short, this paper explores a peculiarly early Jacobean (residually Elizabethan?) ‘republican strain’ from the perspective of the material vehicles in which this strain is embedded.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PR English literature
Divisions: College of Liberal Arts
Date Deposited: 22 Jul 2015 10:56
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