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Subject and Object in Renaissance Culture

Subject and Object in Renaissance Culture

Part of Cambridge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture

Margreta de Grazia, Maureen Quilligan, Peter Stallybrass, Patricia Parker, Louis A. Montrose, Stephen Orgel, Nancy J. Vickers, Ann Rosalind Jones, Margaret W. Ferguson, Gary Tomlinson, Jonathan Goldberg, Stephen Greenblatt, Marjorie Garber, Jonathan Dollimore
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  • Date Published: February 1996
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521455893


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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; the essays collected here bring objects--purses, clothes, tapestries, houses, maps, feathers, tools, skulls--back into view. Subject and Object in Renaissance Culture puts things back into relation with people, eliciting not only new critical readings of key texts, but also new configurations of Renaissance culture.

    • Collection of original essays by leading scholars in the field
    • Revisionary view of Renaissance literature and culture through concentration on object rather than subject - no competing book with the same focus
    • Wide appeal across areas of humanities and social sciences
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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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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 1996
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521455893
    • length: 420 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.581kg
    • contains: 47 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Margreta de Grazia, Maureen Quilligan and Peter Stallybrass
    Part I. Priority of Objects:
    1. The ideology of superfluous things: King Lear as period piece Margreta de Grazia
    2. Rude mechanicals Patricia Parker
    3. Spenser's domestic domain: poetry property and the Early Modern subject Louis A. Montrose
    Part II. Materialisations:
    4. Gendering the Crown Stephen Orgel
    5. The unauthored 1539 volume in which is printed the Hecatomphile, The Flowers of French Poetry and Other Soothing Things Nancy J. Vickers
    6. Dematerialisations: textile and textual properties in Ovid, Sandys, and Spenser Ann Rosalind Jones
    Part III. Appropriations:
    7. Freedom service and the trade in slaves: the problem of labour in Paradise Lost Maureen Quilligan
    8. Feathers and flies: Aphra Behn and the seventeenth-century trade in exotica Margaret W. Ferguson
    9. Unlearning the Aztec Cantares (Preliminaries to a postcolonial history) Gary Tomlinson
    Part IV. Fetishisms:
    10. Worn worlds: clothes and identity on the Renaissance stage Peter Stallybrass
    11. The Countess of Pembroke's literal translation Jonathan Goldberg
    12. Remnants of the sacred in early modern England Stephen Greenblatt
    Part V. Objections:
    13. The insincerity of women Marjorie Garber
    14. Desire is death Jonathan Dollimore

  • Editors

    Margreta de Grazia, King's College London

    Maureen Quilligan, University of Pennsylvania

    Peter Stallybrass, University of Pennsylvania


    Margreta de Grazia, Maureen Quilligan, Peter Stallybrass, Patricia Parker, Louis A. Montrose, Stephen Orgel, Nancy J. Vickers, Ann Rosalind Jones, Margaret W. Ferguson, Gary Tomlinson, Jonathan Goldberg, Stephen Greenblatt, Marjorie Garber, Jonathan Dollimore

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