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The Uses of the Canon: Elizabethan Literature and Contemporary Theory

Howard Felperin

Published in print:
1992
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198122654
eISBN:
9780191671517
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198122654.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

The critical school of ‘new historicism’ is very much at the centre of contemporary debates on literary studies and theory. Much ‘new historicist’ writing has focused ... More


Fear and Wonder

John Lee

in Shakespeare’s Hamlet and the Controversies of Self

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198185048
eISBN:
9780191674433
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198185048.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies

‘Who's there?’ is central to New Historicists' self-definition; who they say they are, what they say they are about, and how they say they are going to carry that out. The question should provide the ... More


Historicism and Archaeo-Historicism

ROBERT D. HUME

in Reconstructing Contexts: The Aims and Principles of Archaeo-Historicism

Published in print:
1999
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198186328
eISBN:
9780191674518
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198186328.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

The primary object of Archaeo–Historicism is to reconstruct historical texts. The aim here is to analyse the methodological problems that underlie any attempt to recreate the context that might be ... More


The Power of Formalism: The New Historicism

Alan Liu

in Local Transcendence: Essays on Postmodern Historicism and the Database

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226486956
eISBN:
9780226486970
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226486970.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter considers the version of rhetorical exordium the method uses to place its argument in play. Just as Philip Sidney solicits his audience in the Apology for Poetry, so Stephen Greenblatt ... More


The Modernist Shakespeare: Critical Texts in a Material World

Hugh Grady

Published in print:
1994
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198183228
eISBN:
9780191673962
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198183228.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies, Criticism/Theory

This is a major study of the history of Shakespeare criticism in the modern era. Every epoch recreates its classic icons — and for literary culture none is more central nor more protean than ... More


‘Cultural Poetics’ versus ‘Cultural Materialism’: The Two New Historicisms in Renaissance Studies

Howard Felperin

in The Uses of the Canon: Elizabethan Literature and Contemporary Theory

Published in print:
1992
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198122654
eISBN:
9780191671517
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198122654.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

This chapter examines some of the weaknesses of the new historicism, including certain methodological and epistemological problems raised but not ... More


Something more than Fantasy

John Lee

in Shakespeare’s Hamlet and the Controversies of Self

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198185048
eISBN:
9780191674433
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198185048.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies

New Historicists, given their self-definitions and critical practice, were seen to have many reasons to focus on Hamlet as a key text to substantiate their arguments regarding notions of ... More


Epilogue: The Intimate Historicism of Late Twentieth-Century Feminist Criticism

J. Samaine Lockwood

in Archives of Desire: The Queer Historical Work of New England Regionalism

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9781469625362
eISBN:
9781469625386
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469625362.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, American Colonial Literature

This epilogue presents a series of recognitions regarding how the intimate historicism practiced by the New England regionalists—their sensual history making endeavors—resonate with the historicism ... More


Postmodernism

James Barr

in History and Ideology in the Old Testament: Biblical Studies at the End of a Millennium

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780198269878
eISBN:
9780191600401
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198269870.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

This chapter discusses the theoretical side of postmodernism, and the uncertain variety of ways in which it may touch on biblical study.


Marlowe our Contemporary

Howard Felperin

in The Uses of the Canon: Elizabethan Literature and Contemporary Theory

Published in print:
1992
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198122654
eISBN:
9780191671517
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198122654.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

This chapter examines an essay by Stephen Greenblatt entitled ‘Marlowe and the Will to Absolute Play’, a strong reading of Christopher Marlowe's plays ... More


The Tempest in our Time

Howard Felperin

in The Uses of the Canon: Elizabethan Literature and Contemporary Theory

Published in print:
1992
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198122654
eISBN:
9780191671517
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198122654.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

Fourteen years ago, Bruce Erlich offered a Marxist interpretation of William Shakespeare's The Tempest. He argued that there are times when we have a ... More


Introduction: A Postmodernist Shakespeare: The Current Critical Context

Hugh Grady

in Shakespeare’s Universal Wolf: Studies in Early Modern Reification

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198130048
eISBN:
9780191671906
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198130048.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies

The influence of Postmodernism in Shakespeare studies has been multidimensional. In textualist deconstruction, to take one of the first of the newer ... More


Historicizing Bardolatry: Or, Where Could Coleridge have been Coming From?

Howard Felperin

in The Uses of the Canon: Elizabethan Literature and Contemporary Theory

Published in print:
1992
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198122654
eISBN:
9780191671517
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198122654.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

‘The dominant critical discourses which hold these [Shakespearean] texts in place remain committed to idealist constructions’. Thus writes the editor ... More


Contextualizing the Canon: The Case of Donne

Howard Felperin

in The Uses of the Canon: Elizabethan Literature and Contemporary Theory

Published in print:
1992
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198122654
eISBN:
9780191671517
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198122654.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

No issue in contemporary critical theory is more topical, or more contentious, than that of ‘the text in itself’. Within the range of emerging ... More


Jane Austen, Matthew Arnold, Shakespeare: The Problem of the Opus

PARK HONAN

in The Art of Literary Biography

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198182894
eISBN:
9780191673917
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198182894.003.0013
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter considers the concepts of New Criticism and the New Historicism by looking a novelist, a poet, and a playwright in the light of a few of the ideas of deconstruction. The chapter tries to ... More


Escaping History: The New Historicism, Databases, and Contingency

Alan Liu

in Local Transcendence: Essays on Postmodern Historicism and the Database

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226486956
eISBN:
9780226486970
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226486970.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter speculates at once retrospectively and prospectively on the function of the New Historicism in the age of the database. In the New Historicism and other forms of postmodern cultural ... More


Conclusion: Shakespeare and the Postmodern Condition

Hugh Grady

in Shakespeare’s Universal Wolf: Studies in Early Modern Reification

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198130048
eISBN:
9780191671906
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198130048.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies

It is clear that the professionalist response to the insurgency of recent Shakespearean criticism has been to produce a domesticated, largely ... More


Introduction

Lieve Van Hoof

in Plutarch's Practical Ethics: The Social Dynamics of Philosophy

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199583263
eISBN:
9780191723131
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199583263.003.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Greek, Roman, and Early Christian Philosophy

This chapter starts with a survey of the preceding scholarly literature on Plutarch's practical ethics, a group of twenty-odd texts within the Moralia. Although Ziegler's discussion of what he ... More


Anecdotal Theory: Edmund Scott, Exact Discourse (1606); Stephen Greenblatt, Learning to Curse (1990)

Eric Hayot

in The Hypothetical Mandarin: Sympathy, modernity, and Chinese Pain

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780195377965
eISBN:
9780199869435
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195377965.003.0002
Subject:
History, Cultural History, Asian History

This chapter presents a lengthy reading of an account of the torture of a Chinese goldsmith recorded in Edmund Scott's 1606 Exact Discourse of the Subtilties… of the East Indians, and Stephen ... More


Local Transcendence: Cultural Criticism, Postmodernism, and the Romanticism of Detail

Alan Liu

in Local Transcendence: Essays on Postmodern Historicism and the Database

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226486956
eISBN:
9780226486970
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226486970.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter criticizes cultural criticism in what can be called its high postmodernist forms: cultural anthropology, the New Cultural History, the New Historicism, the New Pragmatism, the new and/or ... More


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