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The Performance of Nobility in Early Modern European Literature : Cambridge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture - David M. Posner

The Performance of Nobility in Early Modern European Literature

Cambridge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture

Hardcover Published: 13th November 1999
ISBN: 9780521661812
Number Of Pages: 286

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This valuable study illuminates the idea of nobility as display, as public performance, in Renaissance and seventeenth-century literature and society. Ranging widely from Castiglione and French courtesy manuals, through Montaigne and Bacon, to the literature of the Grand Siecle, David Posner examines the structures of public identity in the period. He focuses on the developing tensions between, on the one hand, literary or imaginative representations of 'nobility' and, on the other, the increasingly problematic historical position of the nobility themselves. These tensions produce a transformation in the notion of the noble self as a performance, and eventually doom court society and its theatrical mode of self-presentation. Situated at the intersection of rhetorical and historical theories of interpretation, this book contributes significantly to our understanding of the role of literature both in analysing and in shaping social identity.

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Acknowledgments
Introduction: 'The Noble Hart'
Montaigne and the staging of the self
Mask and error in Francis Bacon
Noble Romans: Corneille and the theatre of aristocratic revolt
La Bruyre and the end of the theatre of nobility
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780521661812
ISBN-10: 0521661811
Series: Cambridge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 286
Published: 13th November 1999
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.59