Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Outlaw RhetoricFiguring Vernacular Eloquence in Shakespeare's England$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Jenny C. Mann

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780801449659

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801449659.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM Cornell University Press SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.cornell.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of Cornell University Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in Cornell for personal use. date: 25 May 2022

The Insertour

The Insertour

Putting the Parenthesis in Sidney’s Arcadia

(p.87) Chapter 3 The Insertour
Outlaw Rhetoric

Jenny C. Mann

Cornell University Press

This chapter examines how the inversions and displacements of hyperbaton shape the large narrative structure of Philip Sidney's Arcadia, with particular emphasis on the use of parenthesis in the prose romance. Anne Bradstreet denounces Arcadia as a “shame,” whose subject must make “Maids” and “Wives” blush, whereas her contemporaries read it as the epitome of English eloquence. Although parenthesis might not register with modern readers as a rhetorical figure of speech, early modern manuals count it among the many subfigures of hyperbaton. This chapter uses the disorderly figure of parenthesis to interpret the form of Arcadia, arguing that the supplemental logic of the figure operates at a level far beyond that of the sentence or line. More specifically, it shows that the plot of the romance itself is structured by a series of parenthetical interruptions and qualifications. It also explains how the figure of the “Insertour” expresses the difficulty of constituting English literary authority in the sixteenth century.

Keywords:   hyperbaton, Philip Sidney, Arcadia, parenthesis, Anne Bradstreet, rhetoric, Insertour, literary authority

Cornell Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.