Early Modern English Literature / Edition 1

Early Modern English Literature / Edition 1

by Jason Scott-Warren
     
 

ISBN-10: 074562751X

ISBN-13: 9780745627519

Pub. Date: 10/17/2005

Publisher: Wiley

When we engage with the writings of Shakespeare and his contemporaries, we encounter a culture radically unfamiliar to us at the start of the twenty-first century. The past is a foreign country, and so too are many of its texts. This readable and provocative book seeks to enhance our understanding of early modern literature by recovering the contexts in which it was…  See more details below

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When we engage with the writings of Shakespeare and his contemporaries, we encounter a culture radically unfamiliar to us at the start of the twenty-first century. The past is a foreign country, and so too are many of its texts. This readable and provocative book seeks to enhance our understanding of early modern literature by recovering the contexts in which it was originally produced and consumed.

Taking us back to the courts, theatres and marketplaces of early modern England, Jason Scott-Warren reveals the varied ways in which literary texts dovetailed with everyday experience, unlocking the distinctive social practices, economic structures and modes of behaviour that gave them meaning. He shows how the period's most beguiling writings were conditioned by long-forgotten notions of knowledge, nationhood, sexuality and personal identity. Bringing an anthropologist's eye to his materials, he offers richly detailed new readings of works from within and beyond the canon, covering a span that stretches from Erasmus and More to Milton and Behn.

Resisting any notion of the period as merely transitional - a staging post on the road leading from the medieval to the modern world - Scott-Warren reveals the distinctiveness of its literary culture, and equips the reader for fresh encounters with its extraordinary textual legacy. Any undergraduate student of the period will find it an essential guide, while scholars will find its fresh approach invigorating.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780745627519
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
10/17/2005
Series:
PCHL-Polity Cultural History of Literature Series, #10
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
0.88(w) x 9.00(h) x 6.00(d)

Table of Contents

1Technologies of the word17
2The court43
3Print in the marketplace75
4The theatres102
5Nature131
6Nation155
7Gender and desire183
8Self223

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