Learning to Curse: Essays in Early Modern Culture

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One of the foremost figures in Renaissance studies today, Stephen Greenblatt is also a pioneer of the ``new historicism''--the influential theoretical movement in cultural criticism that is radically refashioning the study of the humanities.

Learning to Curse combines historical and anthropological techniques with rigorous textual analysis and vivid writing. Greenblatt produces imaginative and often disturbing new approaches to issues and ...

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Overview

One of the foremost figures in Renaissance studies today, Stephen Greenblatt is also a pioneer of the ``new historicism''--the influential theoretical movement in cultural criticism that is radically refashioning the study of the humanities.

Learning to Curse combines historical and anthropological techniques with rigorous textual analysis and vivid writing. Greenblatt produces imaginative and often disturbing new approaches to issues and authors which once seemed comfortably familiar. By focusing on such problems

as the relationship between cultural identity and otherness in early modern culture; the uses of violence--both physical and rhetorical--against those identified as aliens; and the role of the imagination in efforts to shape and stabilize both cultural and personal identity, Learning

to Curse exposes a Renaissance world made challenging and strange, forcing the reader to develop new ways of seeing and understanding.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415901741
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • Publication date: 5/1/1992

Meet the Author

Stephen Greenblatt

Stephen J. Greenblatt is the Class of 1932 Professor of English at the University of California at Berkeley. He has published widely on Renaissance literature and culture.

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

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