Guilty Creatures: Renaissance Poetry and the Ethics of Authorship

Guilty Creatures: Renaissance Poetry and the Ethics of Authorship

by Dennis Kezar
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195142950

ISBN-13: 9780195142952

Pub. Date: 04/28/2001

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

In this innovative and learned study, Dennis Kezar examines how Renaissance poets conceive the theme of killing as a specifically representational and interpretive form of violence. Closely reading both major poets and lesser known authors of the early modern period, Kezar explores the ethical self-consciousness and accountability that attend literary killing,

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In this innovative and learned study, Dennis Kezar examines how Renaissance poets conceive the theme of killing as a specifically representational and interpretive form of violence. Closely reading both major poets and lesser known authors of the early modern period, Kezar explores the ethical self-consciousness and accountability that attend literary killing, paying particular attention to the ways in which this reflection indicates the poet's understanding of his audience. Among the many poems through which Kezar explores the concept of authorial guilt elicited by violent representation are Skelton's Phyllyp Sparowe, Spenser's Faerie Queene, Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, the multi-authored Witch of Edmonton, and Milton's Samson Agonistes.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195142952
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
04/28/2001
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 6.10(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction

1 Courting Heresy and Taking the Subject: John Skelton's Precedent

2 Spenser and the Poetics of Indiscretion

3 The Properties of Shakespeare's Globe

4 The Witch of Edmonton and the Guilt of Possession

5 Samson's Death by Theater and Milton's Art of Dying

6 Guilt and the Constitution of Authorship in Henry V and the Antitheatrical Elegies of W.S. and Milton

Index

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