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The Ghost and the Machine in the Sidney Family Corpus
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Abstract:

While it is widely accepted that Mary Sidney played an important part in the publication of Sir Philip Sidney's works, it is less well-recognized that in doing so she made a profound impact on the construction of the English author function. Through her management of her brother's corpus, her patronage activities, and through her own literary self-fashioning, Mary Sidney helped define the terms of early modern authorship and authority. Ironically, however, in cultivating the archetype of the "Dead White Male" she promoted a poetic mythology whose enduring influence would eventually obscure her own decisive role in its development.