Volition's Face: Personification And The Will In Renaissance Literature by Andrew EscobedoVolition's Face: Personification And The Will In Renaissance Literature by Andrew Escobedo

Volition's Face: Personification And The Will In Renaissance Literature

byAndrew Escobedo

Hardcover | April 30, 2017

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In this book, Andres Escobedo revises the widespread scholarly view that associates literary personification with flat character, constraint, and death; instead, Escobedo demonstrates that premodern readers understood personification as an essentially energetic figure that depicted passion or concept transforming into action.
Andrew Escobedo is associate professor of English at Ohio State University and co-editor of Spenser Studies.
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Title:Volition's Face: Personification And The Will In Renaissance LiteratureFormat:HardcoverDimensions:340 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:April 30, 2017Publisher:University of Notre Dame PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0268101663

ISBN - 13:9780268101664

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"In Volition's Face, Andrew Escobedo tracks the uses of allegorical personification from its prehistory in the Greek daemonic to its high points in Spenser and Milton. The originality of the argument is sure to draw attention, for Escobedo engages with the landmark studies of Fletcher, Teskey, and others, respectfully but convincingly redrawing the boundaries of the topic. He does so on the basis of a sustained and rigorous engagement with modern philosophical approaches to agency and volition, which lets him return to early modern literary texts in order to show how distinct conceptions of these categories are encoded within the literary practice of personification. It's a very strong book." —David Miller, Carolina Distinguished Professor, University of South Carolina