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Cultural Aesthetics: Renaissance Literature and the Practice of Social Ornament
     

Cultural Aesthetics: Renaissance Literature and the Practice of Social Ornament

by Patricia Fumerton
 

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A brilliant postmodern critique of Renaissance subjectivity, Cultural Aesthetics explores the simultaneous formation and fragmentation of aristocratic "selfhood" in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. Patricia Fumerton situates the self within its sumptuous array of "trivial" arts—including the court literatures of chivalric romance,

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A brilliant postmodern critique of Renaissance subjectivity, Cultural Aesthetics explores the simultaneous formation and fragmentation of aristocratic "selfhood" in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. Patricia Fumerton situates the self within its sumptuous array of "trivial" arts—including the court literatures of chivalric romance, sonnet, and masque and the arts of architecture, miniature painting, stage design, and cuisine. Her integration of historicist and aesthetic perspectives makes this a provocative contribution to the vigorous field of Renaissance cultural studies.

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Fumerton (English, U. of California) argues that the aristocratic engagement with trivial and superficial decoration--in clothing, architecture, literature, and even cuisine--masked on unsettling apprehension about the relation between the private sphere and the emerging collective, national identity. A postmodern treatment. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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ISBN-13:
9780226269535
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
12/28/1993
Edition description:
1
Pages:
287
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

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