Go Figure: Energies, Forms, and Institutions in the Early Modern World

Go Figure: Energies, Forms, and Institutions in the Early Modern World

by Judith Anderson
     
 

Go Figure addresses theories of the figure and practices of figuration ranging from classical rhetoric and biblical exegesis to semiotics, psychoanalysis, and socio-politics. Situating theory in history, the essays in this volume focus on verbal and visual texts from the sixteenth to the eighteenth centuries, and they explore science, sacramental poetics, romance

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Go Figure addresses theories of the figure and practices of figuration ranging from classical rhetoric and biblical exegesis to semiotics, psychoanalysis, and socio-politics. Situating theory in history, the essays in this volume focus on verbal and visual texts from the sixteenth to the eighteenth centuries, and they explore science, sacramental poetics, romance and lyric narrative, and the natural world in still lifes, prayer, parasites, and politics. They engage the work of poets, painters, storytellers, and playwrights. While the theories that inform them are many and various, they share a point of reference in the work of Jean-Franois Lyotard, who theorizes the co-presence in language of the figure and discourse: Lyotard's figure relates to discourse as image emerges in description, as sense accompanies signification, and as energies shape texts from within. The original essays invited for the volume show how figural energies and forms inhabit both texts and the practices that produce them-how figures are fundamentally in play in the making of subjects, societies, traditions, and institutions.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
A superb contribution to Renaissance studies that respects the complexityof textual detail as well as social, cultural, and political history.-William J. Kennedy

A significant contribution to recent New Formalist debates on the relationbetween aesthetics, historicism, and poststructuralist theory.-Melissa Sanchez

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780823233496
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
Publication date:
01/05/2011
Edition description:
2
Pages:
228
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Judith H. Anderson is Chancellor's Professor of English at Indiana University.

Joan Pong Linton is Associate Professor of English and Director of the Asian American Program at Indiana University. In 1998, she published The Romance of the New World: Gender and the Literary Formations of English Colonialism.

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