Renaissance Culture and the Everyday / Edition 1

Renaissance Culture and the Everyday / Edition 1

by Patricia Fumerton
     
 

ISBN-10: 0812216636

ISBN-13: 9780812216639

Pub. Date: 01/28/1998

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.

It was not unusual during the Renaissance for cooks to torture animals before slaughtering them in order to render the meat more tender, for women to use needlepoint to cover up their misconduct and prove their obedience, and for people to cover the walls of their own homes with graffiti.

Items and activities as familiar as mirrors, books, horses, everyday speech

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Overview

It was not unusual during the Renaissance for cooks to torture animals before slaughtering them in order to render the meat more tender, for women to use needlepoint to cover up their misconduct and prove their obedience, and for people to cover the walls of their own homes with graffiti.

Items and activities as familiar as mirrors, books, horses, everyday speech, money, laundry baskets, graffiti, embroidery, and food preparation look decidedly less familiar when seen through the eyes of Renaissance men and women. In Renaissance Culture and the Everyday, such scholars as Judith Brown, Frances Dolan, Richard Helgerson, Debora Shuger, Don Wayne, and Stephanie Jed illuminate the sometimes surprising issues at stake in just such common matters of everyday life during the Renaissance in England and on the Continent.

Organized around the categories of materiality, women, and transgression—and constantly crossing these categories—the book promotes and challenges readers' thinking of the everyday. While not ignoring the aristocratic, it foregrounds the common person, the marginal, and the domestic even as it presents the unusual details of their existence. What results is an expansive, variegated, and sometimes even contradictory vision in which the strange becomes not alien but a defining mark of everyday life.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780812216639
Publisher:
University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.
Publication date:
01/28/1998
Series:
New Cultural Studies Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
344
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.99(d)

Table of Contents

1Introduction: A New New Historicism1
2The "I" of the Beholder: Renaissance Mirrors and the Reflexive Mind21
3"Reasonable Creatures": William Cavendish and the Art of Dressage42
4"Pox on Your Distinction!": Humanist Reformation and Deformations of the Everyday in The Staple of News67
5Homely Accents: Ben Jonson Speaking Low92
6Everyday Life, Longevity, and Nuns in Early Modern Florence115
7Constructing the Female Self: Architectural Structures in Mary Wroth's Urania139
8The Buck Basket, the Witch, and the Queen of Fairies: The Women's World of Shakespeare's Windsor162
9Three Ways to be Invisible in the Renaissance: Sex, Reputation, and Stitchery183
10Household Chastisements: Gender, Authority, and "Domestic Violence"204
11Money and the Regulation of Desire: The Prostitute and the Marketplace in Seventeenth-Century Holland229
12Reorganizing Knowledge: A Feminist Scholar's Everyday Relation to the Florentine Past254
13"The Catastrophe Is a Nuptial": Love's Labor's Lost, Tactics, Everyday Life271
14"Leaving Out the Insurrection": Carnival Rebellion, English History Plays, and a Hermeneutics of Advocacy299
15Graffiti, Grammatology, and the Age of Shakespeare315
List of Contributors353
Index357
Acknowledgments367

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