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 ...
Author: Stephen Greenblatt
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Category: Literary Criticism
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 Renaissance—More, Tyndale, Wyatt, Spenser, Marlowe, and Shakespeare—and 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
In a series of brilliant readings, Greenblatt shows how identity is constructed in the work of Shakespeare, Marlowe, Spenser and other Renaissance writers.
Author: Liam Haydon
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Category: Literary Criticism
What is a self? Greenblatt argues that the 16th century saw the awakening of modern self-consciousness, the ability to fashion an identity out of the culture and politics of one’s society. In a series of brilliant readings, Greenblatt shows how identity is constructed in the work of Shakespeare, Marlowe, Spenser and other Renaissance writers. A classic piece of literary criticism, and the origins of the New Historicist school of thought, Renaissance Self-Fashioning remains a critical and challenging text for readers of Renaissance literature.
For , in the end , Greenblatt's Renaissance Self - Fashioning offers a view of the self as a cultural artifact , a historical and ideological illusion generated by the economic , social , religious , and political upheavals of the ...
Author: Keith Whitlock
Publisher: Yale University Press
"The Reader addresses the themes of humanism, structures of authority, and levels of culture among different social orders and between men and women. And it examines what Burckhardt's 'discovery of the individual' really meant for the construction of self in the late medieval and early modern context."--BOOK JACKET.
Stephen Greenblatt ( 1980 : 256-257 ) 1 Renaissance Self - Fashioningand the Awakening of the Individual : Burckhardt Revisited ' My subject is self - fashioning from More to Shakespeare ; my starting point is quite simply that in ...
Author: Jürgen Pieters
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
Category: Literary Criticism
Moments of Negotiation offers the first book-length and indepth analysis of the New Historicist reading method, which the American Shakespeare-scholar Stephen Greenblatt introduced at the beginning of the 1980s. Ever since, Greenblatt has been hailed as the prime representative of this movement, whose critical acclaim has been one of the dominant trends in recent literary and cultural studies. In this new book, Jürgen Pieters attempts to fill a remarkable lacuna in the critical reception of Greenblatt's work. The book's aim is to provide a thorough analysis of the theoretical background of Greenblatt's method. This involves not only a close reading of Greenblatt's sources—the book offers introductory surveys of the work of Mikhail Bakhtin, Michel Foucault, Louis Althusser, Pierre Macherey, Michel de Certeau, Jean-François Lyotard, Raymond Williams and Stuart Hall—but also a critique of the way in which he adapts and transforms their original insights in the framework of his own interdisciplinary method. This book is of interest to students and scholars coming from a diverse range of fields: literary theory, cultural history, early modern studies, Shakespeare studies,theory and practice of history.
7 PSYCHOANALYSIS AND RENAISSANCE CULTURE Stephen Greenblatt What was self - fashioning in the Renaissance ? To scholars working within the Burckhardtian tradition , Renaissance self - fashioning was the stance an individual adopted in ...
Author: John Jeffries Martin
Publisher: Psychology Press
The Renaissance paradigm in crisis - Politics, language and power - Individualism, identity and gender - Art, science and humanism - Religion: tradition and innovation.
Renaissance Self - Fashioning There is one book focusing on lives which has to a significant degree defined English Renaissance for recent generations of scholars . This is Stephen Greenblatt's Renaissance Self - Fashioning : From More ...
Author: Elisabeth Salter
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
In this innovative study, Elisabeth Salter reconstructs the lives of six men and women of the early Renaissance and leads us on a quest to reconstruct their lost cultural worlds.The six men and women are all figures from the margins of the royal courts during the reigns of Henry VII and Henry VIII. This book will appeal to historians of the late-medieval period and the Renaissance, and will serve as an exemplary model to scholars of biographical reconstruction.
9 Stephen Greenblatt and new historicism Self - fashioning Stephen Greenblatt's Renaissance Self - Fashioning , published in 1980 , was one of the leading works which enabled new historicism to be discerned as a specific critical ...
Author: Claire Colebrook
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Category: Literary Criticism
Why is histricism a problem? Why do we need a new historicism? This text considers these questions and aims to show that the problem of historicism, and new historicism, is more than just a problem of knowledge-validity and that new historicism is not so much an answer to the difficulties of history writing but the opening of new questions.
Stephen Greenblatt's Renaissance Self-Fashioning seems particularly applicable to the way in which the texts ... Self-fashioning for these Castilian authors is either “submission to an absolute power” that makes Woman an authority, ...
In Self-Fashioning and Assumptions of Identity in Medieval and Early Modern Iberia, chapter authors assert the applicability of Stephen Greenblatt's self-fashioning theory, originally framed within Elizabethan England, to medieval and early modern Iberia in the fourteenth, fifteenth, and sixteenth centuries.
Thirty years ago, Stephen Greenblatt, in his seminal study, Renaissance Self-Fashioning, focused his attention on six of the literary greats of Renaissance England.7 While the concept of 'self-fashioning' has since been adapted to a ...
Author: Richard Kirwan
A greater fluidity in social relations and hierarchies was experienced across Europe in the early modern period, a consequence of the major political and religious upheavals of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. At the same time, the universities of Europe became increasingly orientated towards serving the territorial state, guided by a humanistic approach to learning which stressed its social and political utility. It was in these contexts that the notion of the scholar as a distinct social category gained a foothold and the status of the scholarly group as a social elite was firmly established. University scholars demonstrated a great energy when characterizing themselves socially as learned men. This book investigates the significance and implications of academic self-fashioning throughout Europe in the early modern period. It describes a general and growing deliberation in the fashioning of individual, communal and categorical academic identity in this period. It explores the reasons for this growing self-consciousness among scholars, and the effects of its expression - social and political, desired and real.
Along with Spenser's and Shakespeare's characters, Tyndale and More found it difficult to articulate a self outside of existing institutional ... See especially Greenblatt's comment in his “Epilogue” to Renaissance SelfFashioning, p.
Author: Autori Vari
Publisher: Viella Libreria Editrice
The women profiled in these chapters come from diverse cultural, social, economic and spiritual backgrounds: from patrician heads of household to widows, from saints to artistic patrons, each of the women featured in this interdisciplinary study offers us fresh insight and a broader perspective on the position and role of female protagonists in the history of early modern Tuscany. Employing a variety of methodological approaches, and aided by new archival material, this volume examines women’s ordinary and extraordinary experiences through their writings, cultural and religious activities, social and political networks, and commercial endeavors. In so doing, the volume raises insightful questions about the scope of women’s accomplishments and provides new direction for the future study of women’s agency and self-fashioning.