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The Project of Prose in Early Modern Europe and the New World : Cambridge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture - Elizabeth Fowler

The Project of Prose in Early Modern Europe and the New World

Cambridge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture

By: Elizabeth Fowler (Editor), Roland Greene (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 28th June 1997
ISBN: 9780521441124
Number Of Pages: 220

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What were the possibilities of prose as a literary medium in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries? And how did it operate in the literary and social worlds? The Project of Prose in Early Modern Europe and the New World brings together ten new essays by leading scholars of the literatures of England, Spain, France, Italy, Portugal, and the colonial Americas, to answer these questions in wide-ranging ways. Several of the essays shed new light on landmark prose works of the period; some discuss what lesser-known writings reveal about the medium; others move between the literary and the nonliterary to reflect on the medium's intersections with history, fiction, subjectivity, the state, science, and other aspects of social and cultural life. Overall, this collection will provoke an international reconsideration of the remarkable visibility and diversity of the medium of prose in the early modern period.

"...they have given teachers and scholars an attractive and useful collection; this reviewer knows of no closely parallel volume. Recommended for graduate and research collections." E.D. Hill, Choice

List of illustrations
Notes on the contributors
Introduction: the project of prose and early modern literary studies
Cannibal, cartographer, soldier, spy: the peirai of Mendes Pinto's Peregrinacao
`Niu ureiting': the prose of language reform in the English Renaissance
Relations of prose: knights errant in the archives of early modern Italy
Opening gates and stopping hedges: Grafton, Stow and the politics of Elizabethan history writing
The subject of America: history and alterity in Montaigne's `Des Coches'
Anatomizing the commonwealth: language, politics and the Elizabethan social order
From polemical prose to the Red Bull: the Swetnam controversy in women-voiced pamphlets and the public theater
Bacon's New Atlantis and the laboratory of prose
History, law and the eyewitness: protocols of authority in Bernal Diaz del Castillo's Historia verdadera de la conquista de la Nueva Espana
Fictions of immanence, fictions of embassy
Index
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ISBN: 9780521441124
ISBN-10: 0521441129
Series: Cambridge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 220
Published: 28th June 1997
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.5