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Writing combat and the self in early modern English literature [electronic resource] : the pen and the sword /
Jennifer Feather.
edition
1st ed.
imprint
New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.
description
xv, 254 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
ISBN
0230120415 (hbk.), 9780230120419 (hbk.)
format(s)
Book
More Details
imprint
New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.
isbn
0230120415 (hbk.)
9780230120419 (hbk.)
restrictions
Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
catalogue key
8553971
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [231]-244) and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Jennifer Feather is an assistant professor of English Literature at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She has published numerous essays on early modern drama and medical writing.
Reviews
Review Quotes
'Feather's compelling book considers the centrality of armed combat and physical suffering to English Renaissance literature. Arguing that medieval understandings of corporeality and combat functioned as crucial materials for English self-definition, she offers bold readings of texts drawn from a wide array of genres, including drama, poetry, romance, epic, and chronicle history. An impressive and theoretically sophisticated work.' - Patricia Cahill, associate professor of English, Emory University and author ofUnto the Breach: Martial Formations, Historical Drama and the Early Modern Stage 'Combat is the situation where the self appears in its most violently assertive expression and at the same time in its greatest vulnerability to the risk of extinction. Feather's remarkably original treatment of this largely ignored topic reveals the early modern self in it most extreme manifestation in the world.'Michael Bristol, Greenshields Professor Emeritus of English, McGill University 'This volume presents a theoretically sophisticated examination of the language of violent contest in a broad range of significant cultural texts. Feather encourages us to recognize the agonistic violence in medical discourse and to rethink the relation between violence and humanism. This important work demonstrates how shifting conceptions of violent struggle formed the basis of self-definition in the complex transition between medieval and early modern subjectivities.' - Jennifer Low, author ofManhood and the Duel: Masculinity in Early Modern Drama and Culture
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Summaries
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This study reveals both the importance of combat in understanding the humanist subject and the contours of the previously neglected pre-modern subject
Main Description
By examining competing depictions of combat in sixteenth-century texts such as Arthurian romance and early modern medical texts, this original study reveals both the importance of combat in understanding the humanist subject and the contours of the previously neglected pre-modern subject.
Bowker Data Service Summary
By examining these competing depictions of combat that coexist in 16th-century texts ranging from Arthurian romance to early modern medical texts, this study reveals both the importance of combat in understanding the humanist subject and the contours of the previously neglected pre-modern subject.
Table of Contents
List of Figuresp. ix
Series Editors' Forewordp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
A Note on the Textp. xvii
Introduction: The Pen and the Swordp. 1
Heroic Anatomiesp. 23
"A Sharper Reproof to These Degenerate Effeminate Days"p. 77
"Lo, Ye All Englishmen"p. 115
Astraea Returned to Heavenp. 147
Conclusion: "Hunt Honour, and not Nations with Your Swords"p. 185
Notesp. 195
Bibliographyp. 231
Indexp. 245
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