Touch of the Real: Essay in Early Modern Culture in Honour of Stephen Greenblatt

Touch of the Real: Essay in Early Modern Culture in Honour of Stephen Greenblatt Author: -
eBook Title: Touch of the Real: Essay in Early Modern Culture in Honour of Stephen Greenblatt
ISBN10: 1876268727
ISBN13: 978-1876268725
Language: English
Publisher: UWA Publishing; First Edition edition (February 28, 2002)
Category: Literature & Fiction
Subcategory: History & Criticism
Size ePub vers.: 1624 kb
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Rating: 4.2
Votes: 532
Pages: 264 pages

Taking the reader back to the early modern period, this book addresses the works of Shakespeare, and asks how historical texts might be seen to interplay with identity. Beginning with Stephen Greenblatt's illuminating essay, questions are raised about how we come up with "important" historical texts, how we use educational and cultural institutions to maintain their primacy, and what the costs of this can be. Several of the essays look at ways of defining "the self" in the 16th and 17th centuries, and the working-through of these notions in various writings. Others tell us about how people traveled and the effects of travel on selfhood - how they dressed, how they celebrated special occasions, and how they thought of work and pleasure. The authors reflect on recent methodological concerns and adapt them to new issues in historically-oriented literary and cultural studies. They offer important contributions to new directions in scholarship. The book emerges from a symposium held at the Humanities Research Centre, Australian National University, to celebrate the work of Stephen Greenblatt. Drawing on Greenblatt's methodologies, contributors examine strategies by which we "know" ourselves through our relationships with the past.

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