Cultural Aesthetics: Renaissance Literature and the Practice of Social Ornament

Cultural Aesthetics: Renaissance Literature and the Practice of Social Ornament

by Patricia Fumerton


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780226269535
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 12/28/1993
Edition description: 1
Pages: 287
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
1. Introduction: A Still Life: Clock, Jewel, Orange
The Paradigm
The Paradigm of Truncation: Culture as Fragment
From the Fragmentary to the Peripheral and Ornamental
Cultural Aesthetics
2. Exchanging Gifts: The Elizabethan Currency of Children and Romance
The Ring of Gift
The Ring of Elizabeth
The Threat of the Irish
The Poetics of Exchange: Spenser's Garden of Adonis
At the Poem's Periphery: The Dedication
Toward the Interior Cosmos
3. Secret Arts: Elizabethan Miniatures and Sonnets
Publishing the Miniature: "In small volumes, in private matter"
Hilliard's Secret Art of Limning
Publishing the Sonnet: "Such Secret thoughts as fit not euery sight"
Sidney's "Ground" of Poetry
After Hilliard and Sidney: "Within the loue-limn'd tablet of mine heart"
4. Consuming the Void: Jacobean Banquets and Masques
Rooms Apart of Sweet Conceits: Toward an Aesthetics of Detachment
The Void of Self
James's Banqueting House and the Masque
Oberon in Perspective: The Annunciation of Self
Tearing Down the Masque: Toward an Aesthetics of Consumerism
5. The Veil of Topicality: Trade and Ornament in Neptune's Triumph
Strange Trade: Foreign Currency and the East India Company
Eating Interests: Ormuz
Dressing up Trade: Neptune's Triumph for the Return of Albion
Curtain Call: The Veil of Topicality

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