The Subtext of Form in the English Renaissance: Proportion Poetical

Paperback | July 13, 2005

byS. K. Heninger

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During the sixteenth century in England the logocentrism of the Middle Ages was confronted by a materialism that heralded the modern world. With remarkable tenacity in music, poetry, and painting, the orthodox aesthetic persisted as formal features which served as nonverbal signs and provided a subtext of form. In opposition, however, a radical aesthetic emerged to accommodate the new attention to physical nature. The growing force of materialism occasioned a fundamental rethinking of what an artifact might represent and how that representation might be achieved. This book explores the ontological and epistemological issues that poststructuralist thought raises about that shift in our cultural history. In doing so, it charts a course for Renaissance studies, now in disarray, that avoids the old positivism while not succumbing to the new nihilism.

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During the sixteenth century in England the logocentrism of the Middle Ages was confronted by a materialism that heralded the modern world. With remarkable tenacity in music, poetry, and painting, the orthodox aesthetic persisted as formal features which served as nonverbal signs and provided a subtext of form. In opposition, however, ...

S. K. Heninger, Jr., is University Distinguished Professor of English Emeritus at the University of North Carolina and author of, most recently, Sidney and Spenser: The Poet as Maker (Penn State, 1989).

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.52 inPublished:July 13, 2005Publisher:Penn State University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0271027347

ISBN - 13:9780271027340

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“Neither the politically correct, nor the theoretical avant-garde, nor the conservative opposition to any and all theory will fully endorse this book, but all of these groups are likely to be influenced by its candor and solid scholarship. This book deserves to be widely read because it advances the theoretical discussion of how we view and should view history and hermeneutics.”—Jean R. Brink, Arizona State University