The Greenblatt Reader / Edition 1

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Overview

Stephen Greenblatt is one of the most influential practitioners of new historicism. This Reader makes available in one volume Greenblatt's most important writings on culture, Renaissance studies, and Shakespeare. It also features occasional pieces on subjects as diverse as story-telling and miracles, demonstrating the range of his cultural interests. Taken together, the texts collected here dispel the idea that new historicism is antithetical to literary and aesthetic value.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405115650
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/28/2005
  • Series: Blackwell Readers Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.15 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen Greenblatt
Stephen Greenblatt
John Cogan University Professor of the Humanities at Harvard University, editor of The Norton Shakespeare, and prizewinning author of academic books including Hamlet in Purgatory, Stephen Greenblatt garnered a 2004 National Book Award nomination for his eye-opening look at the life and career of William Shakespeare.

Biography

Stephen Greenblatt is the John Cogan University Professor of the Humanities at Harvard University, editor of The Norton Shakespeare, and prizewinning author of many academic books, including Hamlet in Purgatory.

Author biography courtesy of W. W. Norton & Company.

Good To Know

Some interesting outtakes from our interview with Greenblatt:

"As a child, I loved to read so much so that I can remember my mother calling to me, ‘Stevie, you'll ruin your eyes. Put down that book and come watch I Love Lucy.' "

"My father was a marvelous, virtually obsessive storyteller."

"Though I have spent much of my adult life thinking about Shakespeare, my first encounter with Shakespeare was a disaster. In junior high school, I found As You Like It quite possibly the most tedious and annoying thing I had ever read."

"I have interests and hobbies outside my work, of course, but the crucial thing to say is that I don't experience a great divide between my work and my pleasure. On the contrary."

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    1. Hometown:
      Cambridge, Massachusetts
    1. Date of Birth:
      November 7, 1943
    2. Place of Birth:
      Cambridge, Massachusetts
    1. Education:
      B.A., Yale University, 1964; B.A., Cambridge University, 1966; Ph.D., Yale University, 1969

Table of Contents

Introduction : Greenblatt and new historicism 1
1 Culture 11
2 Towards a poetics of culture 18
3 The touch of the real 30
4 The wound in the wall 53
5 Marvelous possessions 81
6 Invisible bullets 121
7 The improvisation of power 161
8 Shakespeare and the exorcists 197
9 Martial law in the land of Cockaigne 229
10 Prologue to Hamlet in purgatory 263
11 China : visiting rights 269
12 China : visiting rights (II) 282
13 Laos is open 291
14 Story-telling 303
Stephen Greenblatt : A bibliography (1965-2003) 307
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