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The Performance of Nobility in Early Modern European Literature

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture

  • Date Published: December 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521034876

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  • This valuable study illuminates the idea of nobility as display, as public performance, in Renaissance and seventeenth-century literature and society. Through detailed readings of major authors, including Castiglione, Montaigne, Bacon and Corneille, David Posner examines the tensions between literary or imaginative representations of "nobility," and the increasingly problematic historical position of the nobility themselves. Situated at the intersection of rhetorical and historical theories of interpretation, this book contributes significantly to our understanding of how literature can both analyze and shape social identity.

    • Crosses the boundaries of literature, history and intellectual history
    • Comparative study embracing writers in England, Italy, France, and across two centuries
    • Not wedded to a particular theory or ideology, and free of jargon
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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521034876
    • length: 288 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 151 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.435kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction: 'The Noble Hart'
    2. Montaigne and the staging of the self
    3. Mask and error in Francis Bacon
    4. Noble Romans: Corneille and the theatre of aristocratic revolt
    5. La Bruyère and the end of the theatre of nobility

  • Author

    David M. Posner, Loyola University, Chicago

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