Learning to Curse Pdf Summary Reviews By Stephen Greenblatt

Learning to Curse Pdf Summary

Stephen Greenblatt argued in these celebrated essays that the art of the Renaissance could only be understood in the context of the society from which it sprang. His approach – ‘New Historicism’ – drew from history, anthropology, Marxist theory, post-structuralism, and psychoanalysis and in the process, blew apart the academic boundaries insulating literature from the world around it.


Learning to Curse Review

Dianne Foster

5.0 out of 5 stars A new view of art…..
Reviewed in the United States on August 10, 2000

In LEARNING TO CURSE, Stephen Greenblatt presents a collection of his essays on the works of Shakespeare, Spencer and other authors of the 16th century. The book takes it’s title from his first essay, an examination of “The Tempest” by Shakespeare.
Greenblatt asks if one can understand a work of art without reference to the artist, his audience, and the social context of period within which the artist worked. He also asks if different audiences in different periods have had similar reactions to the work or even if different people in the same audience in the same period have had the the same reaction. Does a work of art have an intrinsic value that transcends the individual experience over time?
On the other hand, Greenblatt says that while the historical context within which the work of art was created is important, it is critical the scholar realize history is not fixed. Using ideas gleaned from the “new historicism” as well as ethnographic and sociological notions, Greenblatt provokes the reader to rethink the idea of ‘historical context’.
He says his critical approach has been concerned with recovering “as far as possible the historical circumstances” of aesthetic production without viewing history “as a stable prefabricated background against which literary texts can be placed.” Instead, he sees the historical context as a “dense network of evolving and often contradictory social forces.”
The essays in this little volume investigate and interpret a series of literary works by authors from Shakespeare to Martin Luther and Thomas Moore. Greenblatt has included a interesting essay on the case of Martin Guerre in 14th Century France in which he explores the ideas of crime and capital punishment in association with the theft of personal identity in the Middle Ages.

About Stephen Greenblatt Author Of Learning to Curse pdf Book

Stephen Greenblatt
Stephen Greenblatt

Stephen Greenblatt (Ph.D. Yale) Author Of Learning to Curse pdf Book, is a Cogan University Professor of English and American Literature and Language at Harvard University. Also General Editor of The Norton Anthology of English Literature, Eighth Edition, he is the author of nine books, including Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare; Hamlet in Purgatory; Practicing New Historicism; Marvelous Possessions: The Wonder of the New World; Learning to Curse: Essays in Early Modern Culture; and The Swerve: How the World Became Modern. He has edited six collections of criticism, is the co-author (with Charles Mee) of a play, Cardenio, and is a founding coeditor of the journal Representations. He honors include the MLA’s James Russell Lowell Prize, for Shakespearean Negotiations: The Circulation of Social Energy in Renaissance England, the Distinguished Humanist Award from the Mellon Foundation, the Distinguished Teaching Award from the University of California, Berkeley. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and in Vermont.

Stephen Jay Greenblatt is a Pulitzer Prize winning American literary critic, theorist and scholar.

Greenblatt is regarded by many as one of the founders of New Historicism, a set of critical practices that he often refers to as “cultural poetics”; his works have been influential since the early 1980s when he introduced the term. Greenblatt has written and edited numerous books and articles relevant to new historicism, the study of culture, Renaissance studies and Shakespeare studies and is considered to be an expert in these fields. He is also co-founder of the literary-cultural journal Representations, which often publishes articles by new historicists. His most popular work is Will in the World, a biography of Shakespeare that was on the New York Times Best Seller List for nine weeks.

Learning to Curse pdf, Paperback, Hardcover Book Information

Learning to Curse pdf book
Learning to Curse pdf book
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Routledge; 1st edition (February 26, 2007)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 280 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0415771609
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0415771603
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 10.4 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.08 x 0.64 x 7.79 inches
  • Best Sellers Rank: #2,505,210 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
  • #1,432 in Renaissance Literary Criticism (Books)
  • #6,398 in Literature
  • #12,350 in Literary Criticism & Theory
  • Customer Reviews: 4.5 out of 5 stars    12 ratings

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