Renaissance Tropologies: The Cultural Imagination of Early Modern England

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Tropes provide access into habits of thought and worldviews - they express a climate of opinion and a hermeneutical context. Focusing on the textual activity of major cultural tropes, this study demonstrates the ways in which they enunciate and transform the cultural imagination on matters of love and power in the world, the body politic, and the rising sphere of personal life in early modern England. In 12 essays, prominent Renaissance scholars extend the theoretical analysis and application of the four tropes identified by Gale Carrithers and James Hardy: theater, moment, journey, and ambassadorship.
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Introduction Renaissance Tropologies 1


1 Rex Absconditus: Justice, Presence, and Legitimacy in Measure for Measure Gale H. Carrithers, Jr. Carrithers, Gale H., Jr. James D. Hardy, Jr. Hardy, James D., Jr. 23


2 Salvific Moments in John Donne's Devotions upon Emergent Occasions Eric C. Brown Brown, Eric C. 45

3 Donne and the State of Exception Greg Kneidel Kneidel, Greg 63

4 Troping Religious Identity: Circumcision and Transubstantiation in Donne's Sermons Jeanne Shami Shami, Jeanne 89


5 Vaughan's Life of Paulinus: Recharting the Royalist Journey Susannah Manta Manta, Susannah 121

6 Journey and Ambassadorship in the Marriage Literature for Mary Tudor [1496-1533] A. E. B. Coldiron Coldiron, A. E. B. 143


7 Eucharistic Semiotics and the Representational Formulas of Donne's Ambassadors Alexandra Mills Block Block, Alexandra Mills 169

8 Donne and Diplomacy Hugh Adlington Adlington, Hugh 187

Tropology and Habits of Thought

9 Dangerous Liaisons: "Spider Love" in Danne's "Twicknam Garden" Albert C. Labriola Labriola, Albert C. 219

10 Mirror Tropes and Renaissance Poetry Ilona Bell Bell, Ilona 229

11 The Ars Longa Trope in a Sublunary World Kate Narveson Narveson, Kate 255

12 Habits of Thought, Structures of Feeling Stephen Pender Pender, Stephen 281

Notes 309

Publications of Gale H. Carrithers, Jr. 365

Index 371

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