Learning to Curse: Essays in Early Modern Culture

Learning to Curse: Essays in Early Modern Culture

by Stephen J. Greenblatt
     
 

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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

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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'Greenblatt writes with modest elegance, is a superb scholar and researcher, and deserves his status as the first voice in Renaissance studies today.'Virginia Quarterly Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415903523
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
05/28/1992
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Stephen J. Greenblatt, the pioneer of the "new historicist" approach to literature, is currently John Cogan Professor of Humanities at Harvard University and the author of the recent bestselling life of Shakespeare, Will in the World.

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