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Reading Green In Early Modern England

Author : Leah Knight
ISBN : 9781317071228
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Green in early modern England did not mean what it does today; but what did it mean? Unveiling various versions and interpretations of green, this book offers a cultural history of a color that illuminates the distinctive valences greenness possessed in early modern culture. While treating green as a panacea for anything from sore eyes to sick minds, early moderns also perceived verdure as responsive to their verse, sympathetic to their sufferings, and endowed with surprising powers of animation. Author Leah Knight explores the physical and figurative potentials of green as they were understood in Renaissance England, including some that foreshadow our paradoxical dependence on and sacrifice of the green world. Ranging across contexts from early modern optics and olfaction to horticulture and herbal health care, this study explores a host of human encounters with the green world: both the impressions we make upon it and those it leaves with us. The first two chapters consider the value placed on two ways of taking green into early modern bodies and minds-by seeing it and breathing it in-while the next two address the manipulation of greenery by Orphic poets and medicinal herbalists as well as grafters and graffiti artists. A final chapter suggests that early modern modes of treating green wounds might point toward a new kind of intertextual ecology of reading and writing. Reading Green in Early Modern England mines many pages from the period - not literally but tropically, metaphorically green - that cultivate a variety of unexpected meanings of green and the atmosphere and powers it exuded in the early modern world.
Category: Literary Criticism

Biblical Readings And Literary Writings In Early Modern England 1558 1625

Author : Victoria Brownlee
ISBN : 9780198812487
Genre : Literary Criticism
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This book considers the relationship between biblical readings and literary writings in early modern England. The Bible had a profound influence on sixteenth- and seventeenth-century culture, and bible-reading shaped the period's drama, poetry, and life-writings, as well as sermons and biblical commentaries. This volume explores the impact of how the Bible was read across a variety of writers and genres. In early modern England the Bible was the lens throughwhich individual and national circumstances were understood. This book illuminates how biblical narratives such as Solomon, Job, and Christ's mother, Mary, and the books of Song of Songs and Revelation,were enmeshed with contemporary concerns. In doing so, it argues that the reading practices popularly used by Protestants shape and problematize literary constructions of a diverse range of theological, political, and social debates.
Category: Literary Criticism

Reading Material In Early Modern England

Author : Heidi Brayman Hackel
ISBN : 0521842514
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Reading Material in Early Modern England rediscovers the practices and representations of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century English readers. By telling their stories and insisting upon their variety, Brayman Hackel displaces both the singular 'ideal' reader of literacy theory and the elite male reader of literacy history.
Category: Literary Criticism

Reading The Early Modern Passions

Author : Gail Kern Paster
ISBN : 9780812218725
Genre : Literary Criticism
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How translatable is the language of the emotions across cultures and time? What connotations of particular emotions, strongly felt in the early modern period, have faded or shifted completely in our own? If Western culture has traditionally held emotion to be hostile to reason and the production of scientific knowledge, why and how have the passions been lauded as windows to higher truths? Assessing the changing discourses of feeling and their relevance to the cultural history of affect, Reading the Early Modern Passions offers fourteen interdisciplinary essays on the meanings and representations of the emotional universe of Renaissance Europe in literature, music, and art. Many in the early modern era were preoccupied by the relation of passion to action and believed the passions to be a natural force requiring stringent mental and physical disciplines. In speaking to the question of the historicity and variability of emotions within individuals, several of these essays investigate specific emotions, such as sadness, courage, and fear. Other essays turn to emotions spread throughout society by contemporary events, such as a ruler's death, the outbreak of war, or religious schism, and discuss how such emotions have widespread consequences in both social practice and theory. Addressing anxieties about the power of emotions; their relation to the public good; their centrality in promoting or disturbing an individual's relation to God, to monarch, and to fellow human beings, the authors also look at the ways emotion serves as a marker or determinant of gender, ethnicity, and humanity. Contributors to the volume include Zirka Filipczak, Victoria Kahn, Michael Schoenfeldt, Bruce Smith, Richard Strier, and Gary Tomlinson.
Category: Literary Criticism

Reading Early Modern Women

Author : Helen Ostovich
ISBN : 0415966469
Genre : History
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Much has been written about women of the English Renaissance, but few examples of women's writing from that era have been readily available until now. This remarkable anthology assembles for the first time 144 primary texts and documents written by women between 1550 and 1700 and reveals an unprecedented view of the intellectual and literary lives of women in early modern England. The writings range from poetry to philosophical treatises, addressing a wide array of subjects including law, gender, education, motherhood, medicine, religion, life-writing, and the arts. Each selection is paired with a beautifully reproduced facsimile of the text's original source manuscript, allowing a glimpse into the literary past that will lead the reader to truly appreciate the care and craft with which these women writers prepared their texts. This essential anthology is a captivating guide to the legacy of early modern women's literature and its authors that must not be overlooked.
Category: History

Reading Sensations In Early Modern England

Author : K. Craik
ISBN : 9780230206083
Genre : Literary Criticism
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How did Renaissance literature affect readers' minds, bodies and souls? In what ways did the history of literary experience overlap with the history of humours and emotions? This book argues that a new aesthetic vocabulary based on the theory of the passions was formulated in the Renaissance to describe the affective power of literature.
Category: Literary Criticism

Reading History In Early Modern England

Author : D. R. Woolf
ISBN : 0521780462
Genre : History
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A study of writing, publishing and marketing history books in the early modern period.
Category: History

Reading Revolutions

Author : Kevin M. Sharpe
ISBN : 0300081529
Genre : Political Science
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This fascinating book - the first comprehensive study of reading and politics in early modern England - examines how texts of that period were produced and disseminated and how readers interpreted and were influenced by them. Based on the voluminous reading notes of one gentleman, Sir William Drake, the book shows how readers formed radical social values and political ideas as they experienced civil war, revolution, republic and restoration. By analysing the strategies of Drake's reading practices, as well as those of several key contemporaries (including Jonson, Milton, and Clarendon), Kevin Sharpe demonstrates how reading in the rhetorical culture of Renaissance England was a political act. He explains how Drake, for example, by reading and rereading classical and humanist works of Tacitus, Machiavelli, Guicciardini, and Bacon, became the advocate of dissimulation, intrigue, and realpolitik. Authority, Sharpe argues, was experienced, reviewed and criticized not only in the public forum but in the study, on the page and in the imagination of early modern readers.
Category: Political Science

Censorship And Interpretation

Author : Annabel M. Patterson
ISBN : 0299099547
Genre : Antiques & Collectibles
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Annabel Patterson explores the effects of censorship on both writing and reading in early modern England, drawing analogies and connections with France during the same period.
Category: Antiques & Collectibles

Ecological Approaches To Early Modern English Texts

Author : Dr Lynne Bruckner
ISBN : 9781472416728
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Within early modern scholarship, ecocriticism has steadily gained footing, and early modern literary studies looks increasingly 'green'; yet the field lacks an accessible collection on reading and teaching early modern texts ecocritically. Filling this gap in the literature, this book includes a diverse selection of chapters that engage the complex issues that arise when reading and teaching early modern texts from a green perspective.
Category: Literary Criticism