Eros and Poetry at the Courts of Mary Queen of Scots and James VI

  • Sarah M. Dunnigan

Part of the Early Modern Literature in History book series (EMLH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Introduction: Amorous Histories — from Marian to Jacobean Eros

  3. The Marian Period

  4. The Jacobean Period

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 75-75
    2. Sarah M. Dunnigan
      Pages 149-163
    3. Sarah M. Dunnigan
      Pages 165-169
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 171-219

About this book


Eros and Poetry examines the erotics of literary desire at the Stewart court in Scotland during the reigns of Mary, Queen of Scots and James VI. Encompassing the period from the early 1560s to the late 1590s, this is the first study to link together Scottish Marian and Jacobean court literatures, presenting a relatively unknown body of writing, newly theorized and contextualized. It argues that in this period erotic poetry can only be considered in relation to the figure of the monarch, and that the formation of elite lyric culture takes place under the shaping influence of desire for, and against, the sovereign, and her or his 'passional' and symbolic powers.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Sarah M. Dunnigan
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of English LiteratureUniversity of EdinburghUK

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