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Renaissance self-fashioning : from More to Shakespeare /
Stephen Greenblatt ; with a new preface.
imprint
Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2005.
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xvii, 321 pages : illustrations.
ISBN
0226306593 (alk. paper)
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imprint
Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2005.
isbn
0226306593 (alk. paper)
catalogue key
5783810
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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"Renaissance Self-Fashioning continues to generate the intellectual excitement that greeted its publication in 1980. Greenblatt's classic placed the world of Renaissance scholarship in a deep and vigorous dialogue with literary modernity. This is a remarkable work that continually moves between aesthetic wonder and historical reflection."
"One day we were teaching Renaissance literature to small groups of somewhat bored students, the next Renaissance Self-Fashioning had appeared, and suddenly studying the Renaissance was all the rage, exciting and new. Stephen Greenblatt's book entirely altered the critical landscape-showing with compelling lucidity that social anthropology and psychoanalysis were essential tools for understanding Renaissance writing. I can't think of any other critical work since T. S. Eliot to have made that kind of impact."
"It is wonderful to see Stephen Greenblatt's most influential book turned loose on a new generation of students. Renaissance Self-Fashioning, a classic of the human sciences, taught two generations of scholars to read books and lives in radically new ways. Its arguments remain as challenging as they were when it first appeared."
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Renaissance Self-Fashioning is a study of sixteenth-century life and literature that spawned a new era of scholarly inquiry. Stephen Greenblatt examines the structure of selfhood as evidenced in major literary figures of the English RenaissanceMore, Tyndale, Wyatt, Spenser, Marlowe, and Shakespeareand finds that in the early modern period new questions surrounding the nature of identity heavily influenced the literature of the era. Now a classic text in literary studies, Renaissance Self-Fashioning continues to be of interest to students of the Renaissance, English literature, and the new historicist tradition, and this new edition includes a preface by the author on the book's creation and influence. "No one who has read [Greenblatt's] accounts of More, Tyndale, Wyatt, and others can fail to be moved, as well as enlightened, by an interpretive mode which is as humane and sympathetic as it is analytical. These portraits are poignantly, subtly, and minutely rendered in a beautifully lucid prose alive in every sentence to the ambivalences and complexities of its subjects."Harry Berger Jr., University of California, Santa Cruz
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Stephen Greenblatt offers a study of 16th century life and literature examining the structure of selfhood as evidenced in major literary figures of the English Renaissance and finds that in the early modern period new questions surrounding the nature of identity heavily influenced the literature of the era.
Main Description
Renaissance Self-Fashioningis a study of sixteenth-century life and literature that spawned a new era of scholarly inquiry. Stephen Greenblatt examines the structure of selfhood as evidenced in major literary figures of the English RenaissanceMore, Tyndale, Wyatt, Spenser, Marlowe, and Shakespeareand finds that in the early modern period new questions surrounding the nature of identity heavily influenced the literature of the era. Now a classic text in literary studies,Renaissance Self-Fashioningcontinues to be of interest to students of the Renaissance, English literature, and the new historicist tradition, and this new edition includes a preface by the author on the book's creation and influence. "No one who has read [Greenblatt's] accounts of More, Tyndale, Wyatt, and others can fail to be moved, as well as enlightened, by an interpretive mode which is as humane and sympathetic as it is analytical. These portraits are poignantly, subtly, and minutely rendered in a beautifully lucid prose alive in every sentence to the ambivalences and complexities of its subjects."Harry Berger Jr., University of California, Santa Cruz
Table of Contents
Acknowledgments
A Note on Texts
Introduction
At the Table of the Great: More's Self-Fashioning and Self-Cancellation
The Word of God in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction
Power, Sexuality, and Inwardness in Wyatt's Poetry
To Fashion a Gentleman: Spenser and the Destruction of the Bower of Bliss
Marlowe and the Will to Absolute Play
The Improvisation of Power
Epilogue
Notes
Index
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