Wax Impressions, Figures, And Forms In Early Modern Literature: Wax Works by Lynn M. MaxwellWax Impressions, Figures, And Forms In Early Modern Literature: Wax Works by Lynn M. Maxwell

Wax Impressions, Figures, And Forms In Early Modern Literature: Wax Works

byLynn M. Maxwell

Hardcover | May 31, 2019

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This book explores the role of wax as an important conceptual material used to work out the nature and limits of the early modern human. By surveying the use of wax in early modern cultural spaces such as the stage and the artist's studio and in literary and philosophical texts, including those by William Shakespeare, John Donne, René Descartes, Margaret Cavendish, and Edmund Spenser, this book shows that wax is a flexible material employed to define, explore, and problematize a wide variety of early modern relations including the relationship of man and God, man and woman, mind and the world, and man and machine. 

Lynn M. Maxwell is Assistant Professor of English at Spelman College, USA, where she teaches courses in early modern literature and Shakespeare. Her work has been previously published inCriticism: A Quarterly for Literature and the ArtsandThe Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies.
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Title:Wax Impressions, Figures, And Forms In Early Modern Literature: Wax WorksFormat:HardcoverDimensions:224 pagesPublished:May 31, 2019Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:3030169316

ISBN - 13:9783030169312

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Wax Concepts

1.1  Conceiving Wax

1.2  Producing Wax

1.3  Using Wax

1.4  Thinking Wax

1.5  Working Wax

 

2. Wax Seals: Gendered Relations in Shakespeare

2.1  Writing Lucrece

2.2  Writing Maria / Writing Olivia

2.3  Writing Gender

 

3. Wax Minds: Writing Subjectivity and Agency inHamletandThe Atheist's Tragedy

3.1 Learning Wax Virtues

3.2 Writing Hamlet's Tables

3.3 Imprinting Charlemont

 

4. Wax Patterning: Cavendish and the Physics of Wax

4.1 Thinking Patterns and Impressions inPhilosophical Letters

4.2 Waxing Social and Political

4.3 Patterning Worlds and Relations inThe Blazing World

 

5.Wax Arts: Projects of Transformation in Webster'sThe Duchess of Malfiand Donne'sSappho to Philaenis

5.1 Deforming wax inThe Duchess of Malfi

5.2 Inscribing wax inSappho to Philaenis    

 

6. Wax Hybrids: Re-Thinking Subjects and Objects in Ovid, Paré, Descartes, and Spenser

6.1 Dreaming Prosthetics

6.2 Animating Allegories

 

7. Epilogue: A Figure of Wax