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Narrative and Meaning in Early Modern England : Browne's Skull and Other Histories - Howard Marchitello

Narrative and Meaning in Early Modern England

Browne's Skull and Other Histories

Hardcover Published: 13th October 1997
ISBN: 9780521580250
Number Of Pages: 246

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Howard Marchitello's study of narrative techniques in Renaissance discourse analyses imaginative conjunctions of literary texts, such as those by Shakespeare and Browne, with developments in scientific and technical writing. In Narrative and Meaning in Early Modern England he explores the relationship between a range of early modern discourses, such as cartography, anatomy, and travel writing, and the developing sense of the importance of narrative in producing meaning. Narrative was used in the Renaissance as both a mode of discourse and an epistemology; it not only produced knowledge, it also dictated how that knowledge should be understood. Marchitello uses a wide range of cultural documents to illustrate the importance of narrative in constructing the Renaissance understanding of time and identity. By highlighting the inherent textual element in imaginative and scientific discourses, his study also evaluates a range of contemporary critical practices and explores their relation to narrative and the production of meaning.

"The volume will be most productive for those already conversant with the nuances of theoretical problematizing." C. Baker, Choice "Howard Marchitello undertakes valuable work. He accomplishes his goals with great success." Bibliotheque d'Humanisme et Renaissance "Howard Marchitello's Narrative and Meaning in Early Modern England offers a valuable series of deconstructive readings on topics that have beccome significant to Renaissance studies in recent years: the materiality of texts, cartography, anatomy,historiograghy, and status of the historical artifact." Gretchen Schultz South Centeral Review

List of illustrations
Acknowledgements
Introduction: narrationalities
Shakespeare-s Othello and Vesalius-s Fabrica: anatomy, gender and the narrative production of meaning
(Dis)embodied letters and The Merchant of Venice: writing, editing, history
Political maps: the production of cartography in early modern England
Possessing the New World: historicism and the story of the anecdote
Browne-s skull
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780521580250
ISBN-10: 0521580250
Series: Cambridge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 246
Published: 13th October 1997
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.53