Deirdre Clifford Document Analysis

ENG 304: Subversion and Scandal in Early Modern Print Culture

What type of document is this? Check one:   ⃝ Quarto
Unique Physical Characteristics of the Document Check all that apply:⃝ Includes prominent title⃝ Includes attribution to writer/s⃝ Includes publishing information

⃝ Includes stamp


Date of Pub 1590
Title and all subtitles of publication The Countess of Pembrokes Arcadia
Attribution to an author? If so, indicate the location (e.g., title page, dedicatory epistle) Sir Philippe Sidnei(Title page)
Inclusion of dedicatory front matter? Describe. None
Who is the intended audience for the document? Literate public
 List three things the author said that you think are important: The use of Latin, “Quo Fata Vocant”- what the fates callThe importance of the station of the Countesse (the size  of the title )
Why do you think the document was printed? For means of entertainment most likely.
What can you deduce about the society that produced this document? The society values regality and tradition, as seen in the elegance of the crest. There is also a respect for title, as Sidney is addressed as ‘Sir’
Write a question to the writer/printer of this document: The title page is extremely simplistic, especially in comparison to later editions of the same work. Why did the printer opt for a plainer opening page, with a small stamp and plain font, rather than a more elaborate one?
What does this document mean to you? It is fascinating to see a first edition of Sidney’s work, the examination of the title page gives the impression of discovery to the work, rather than my personal first encounter with the work, which was buried inside a used anthology. This document allows a connection to a time when Sidney’s work was a new phenomenon.

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