Stephen Greenblatt is one of the most influential practitioners of new historicism. This <i>Reader</i> makes available in one volume Greenblatt’s most important writings on culture, Renaissance studies, and Shakespeare. It also features occasional pieces on subjects as diverse as story-telling and miracles, demonstrating the range of his cultural interests. Taken together, the texts collected here dispel the idea that new historicism is antithetical to literary and aesthetic value.
"As a founder of the 'new historicism', StephenGreenblatt has done more than establish a critical school; he hasinvented a habit of mind for literary criticism, which isindispensable to the temperament of our times, and crucial to theculture of the past. This admirable anthology represents the subtleplay of pleasure and instruction, embodied in writings that moveeffortlessly between wonder and wisdom." Homi K. Bhabha, Harvard University
"What a tribute to a long and distinguishedcareer.""For three decades Stephen Greenblatt has been themost articulate, thoughtful, and daring voice in early modernstudies. The breadth of his reading is vast, the connections hemakes are unexpected and often revelatory, and his writing is, quite simply, brilliant. Most of all, his willingness to takechances has made him an exciting and uniquely provocative critic.It is wonderful to have these classic essays in a singlecollection; and especially to have the most ephemeral of thepieces, the exquisite meditations on his visits to China and Laos, easily available. This is a beautifully conceived, indispensablevolume." Stephen Orgel, Stanford University
Introduction: Greenblatt and New Historicism.
Part One: Culture and New Historicism.
2 Towards a Poetics of Culture.
3 The Touch of the Real.
Part Two: Renaissance Studies.
4 The Wound in the Wall.
5 Marvelous Possessions.
Part Three: Shakespeare Studies.
6 Invisible Bullets.
7 The Improvisation of Power.
8 Shakespeare and the Exorcists.
9 Martial Law in the Land of Cocaigne.
Part Four: Occasional Pieces.
10 Prologue to Hamlet in Purgatory.
11 China: Visiting Rites.
12 China: Visiting Rites (II).
13 Laos is Open.
Stephen Greenblatt: A Bibliography (1965-2003), compiled by Gustavo P. Secchi.
Series: Blackwell Readers Ser.
Number Of Pages: 318
Published: 1st January 2005
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.74 x 17.07 x 2.44
Weight (kg): 0.59
Edition Number: 1