Towards an Aesthetic of Retreat: Neo-Stoicism, Recusant Culture and Gardens in Seventeenth-Century Scotland
During rapid social change, the value of literary culture becomes problematic. A context with much yet to reveal about the cultural impact of social change is late sixteenth- and early seventeenth-century Scotland. This thesis concerns the inventiveness with which a few leading cultural proponents in Scotland sought space for perspectives made marginal in the Reformation. Literary invention, celebrated as the means to articulate individuality, offered a way to ground positions that in the political arena would have been recusant. Fictive and actual gardens provide important space in which such invention can flourish. A neo-Stoic balance is achieved by the negotiation of tradition and invention, an equilibrium of old and new which is central to the pastoral and which underlies poetic – and self – composition in Jacobean Scotland.
DegreeMaster of Arts (M.A.)
CommitteeCooley, Ron; James-Cavan, Kathleen; Neufeld, Matthew; Hynes, Peter
Copyright DateSeptember 2012