The self in early modern literature : for the common good /
Terry G. Sherwood.
Pittsburgh, Pa. : Duquesne University Press, c2007.
viii, 384 p. ; 24 cm.
0820703958 (acid-free paper), 9780820703954 (acid-free paper)
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Pittsburgh, Pa. : Duquesne University Press, c2007.
0820703958 (acid-free paper)
9780820703954 (acid-free paper)
contents note
Spenser : persons serving Gloriana -- Shakespeare's Henriad : calling the heir apparent -- "Ego videbo" : Donne and the vocational self -- Jonson : the truth of envy -- Milton : self-defense and the drama of blame.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 331-373) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2008-02-01:
This book counteracts the claims of new historicists, cultural materialists, and postmodernists who argue against a unified subjectivity in the early modern era because of the historical and cultural pressures that disintegrate the self. Contending that the self is not contingent, provisional, discontinuous, decentered, or susceptible to fragmentation in the face of external forces, Sherwood (emer., Univ. of Victoria, British Columbia) advances the ideas of stability and unified subjectivity, which he attributes to the Protestant vocation interacting with Christian civic humanism. The result is a heightened awareness of the common welfare. Sherwood derives his method from traditional historical research that situates early modern authors in their own milieu and acknowledges their presuppositions and assumptions. Accordingly, he strives not to be influenced by ideological predilections that inform postmodern critical perspectives. Entering current debates about "self" and "subjectivity," the author highlights how commitment to the common welfare derived from bonds of responsibility created by reformed Protestantism and early modern humanism. To illustrate his thesis, Sherwood interprets selected works of five major authors: Spenser, Shakespeare, Donne, Jonson, and Milton. With comprehensive coverage, he validates his thesis, provides the basis for revaluation of the early modern era, and indicates the biases of postmodern criticism. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty. A. C. Labriola Duquesne University
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Table of Contents
Introduction : obeying timep. 1
Spenser : persons serving Glorianap. 50
Shakespeare's Henriad : calling the heir apparentp. 103
"Ego videbo" : Donne and the vocational selfp. 144
Jonson : the truth of envyp. 192
Milton : self-defense and the drama of blamep. 259
A postscript : the Bacon familyp. 320
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