Providence and perspective in Philip Sidney's old arcadia

Journal Article (Review)

The troubling inscrutability of providence, with its apparent lapses and contradictions, was a Renaissance commonplace. But for Philip Sidney, this very inscrutability offered a narrative opportunity. In his Old Arcadia, Sidney uses the gap between the future-oriented perspective of his characters and past-tense narration to show how moral agency interacts with an overarching providence. The paradoxes of human action in a divinely plotted world are embedded- and, ultimately, resolved- within the grammar of the text. © 2014 Rice University.

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Werlin, J

Published Date

  • January 1, 2014

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 54 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 25 - 40

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1522-9270

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0039-3657

Citation Source

  • Scopus