Discovering the Subject in Renaissance England

Discovering the Subject in Renaissance England

by Elizabeth Hanson

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Discovering the Subject in Renaissance England by Elizabeth Hanson

When Hamlet complains that Guildenstern 'would pluck out the heart of my mystery,' he imagines an encounter that recurs insistently in the discourses of early modern England: the struggle by one man to discover the secrets in another's heart. Elizabeth Hanson examines the records of state torture, plays by Shakespeare and Jonson, 'cony-catching' pamphlets and Francis Bacon's philosophical writing to demonstrate a reconceptualising of the 'subject' in both the political and philosophical sense of the term.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521090711
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 11/27/2008
Series: Cambridge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture Series , #24
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. Torture and truth; 2. Brothers of the state; 3. Authors and others; 4. Francis Bacon and the discovering subject; Notes.

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