The Forms of Renaissance Thought: New Essays in Literature and Culture

Hardcover | January 15, 2009

EditorLeonard Barkan

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The boundaries separating Literary Studies from other kinds of humanistic inquiry are more permeable now than at any moment since the Enlightenment, when disciplinary categories began to acquire their modern definition. The Forms of Renaissance Thought celebrates scholarship at a number of these frontiers. The contributors address works of the European Renaissance as they relate both to the textured world of their origins and to a modern scholarly culture that turns to the early moderns for methodological provocation and renewal. In this way, the volume charts the most important developments in the field since the turn towards cultural and ideological features of the Renaissance imagination.

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The boundaries separating Literary Studies from other kinds of humanistic inquiry are more permeable now than at any moment since the Enlightenment, when disciplinary categories began to acquire their modern definition. The Forms of Renaissance Thought celebrates scholarship at a number of these frontiers. The contributors address work...

LEONARD BARKAN teaches in the Comparative Literature Department at Princeton University. His most recent books are Unearthing the Past: Archaeology and Aesthetics in the Making of Renaissance Culture and Satyr Square: A Year, a Life in Rome. BRADIN CORMACK teaches in the English Department at the University of Chicago. In addition to ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 8.84 × 5.73 × 0.89 inPublished:January 15, 2009Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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Notes on Contributors*  Introduction: 'The Form of Things Unknown': Renaissance Studies in a New Millennium * PART ONE: RECEPTION, RENOVATION, RENAISSANCE * Praxiteles' Aphrodite and the Love of Art--L.Barkan * English Literature in its Golden Age--S.Keilen * Translating for Queen Anne: John Florio's Decameron--M.Wyatt * The First Reader of Shakespeares Sonnets--M.de Grazia * PART TWO: DESIRE AND THE BODY * The Play of Wanton Parts--J.Goldberg * Shakespeare's Narcissus, Sonnet's Echo--B.Cormack * Coriolanus: The Rhythms and Remains of Excess--P.Holland * The Joys of Martha Joyless: Queer Pedagogy and the (Early Modern) Production of Sexual Knowledge--V.Traub * PART THREE: MATERIAL CULTURES * Shakespeare in Leather--A.Bosman * Bearded Ladies in Shakespeare--A.R.Braunmuller * Of Busks and Bodies--A.R.Jones & P.Stallybrass * Digging the Dust: Renaissance Archivology--W.Sherman