Subject and Object in Renaissance Culture

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This collection of essays brings together leading scholars of the early modern period, and offers a new focus on the literature and culture of the Renaissance. Traditionally, Renaissance studies has concentrated on the human subject, but these essays bring objects back into view.
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"This year's award for a must-read collection goes to Subject and Object in Renaissance Culture, with its knock-them-dead title. Confronted by such a work and its truly remarkable phalanx of academic stars, what reviewer could resist...they are as intelligent as they are well known." Studies in English Literature

"This focus on rethinking the relationship between subject and object is certainly worthwhile and novel. And the essays that follow include some dazzling explorations of this theme." Jvotsna G. Singh, Shakespeare Quarterly

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Notes on the contributors
Introduction 1
1 The ideology of superfluous things: King Lear as period piece 17
2 "Rude mechanicals" 43
3 Spenser's domestic domain: poetry, property, and the Early Modern subject 83
4 Gendering the Crown 133
5 The unauthored 1539 volume in which is printed the Hecatomphile, The Flowers of French Poetry, and Other Soothing Things 166
6 Dematerializations: textile and textual properties in Ovid, Sandys, and Spenser 189
7 Freedom, service, and the trade in slaves: the problem of labor in Paradise Lost 213
8 Feathers and flies: Aphra Behn and the seventeenth-century trade in exotica 235
9 Unlearning the Aztec cantares (preliminaries to a postcolonial history) 260
10 Worn worlds: clothes and identity on the Renaissance stage 289
11 The Countess of Pembroke's literal translation 321
12 Remnants of the sacred in Early Modern England 337
13 The insincerity of women 349
14 Desire is death 369
Index 387
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