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1st Edition

Reading Renaissance Ethics

Edited By

Marshall Grossman

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ISBN 9780415406352
Published April 16, 2007 by Routledge
304 Pages

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Book Description

Bringing together some of the best current practitioners of historical and formal criticism, Reading Renaissance Ethics assesses the ethical performance of renaissance texts as historical agents in their time and in ours.

Exploring the nature and mechanics of cultural agency, the book explains with greater clarity just what is at stake when canon-formation, aesthetic evaluation and curricular reform are questioned and revised. Taking seriously the question of what to read requires us to consider exactly what it is that we do when we read and when we write about our reading. Reading Renaissance Ethics asks what sorts of events took place when Renaissance texts were first read and how this differs from the way we read and teach them now.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements.  Contributors.  List of Illustrations.  Part 1: 1. Introduction: Reading Renaissance Ethics  Part 2: The Ethics of Renaissance Forms  2. Gender, Justice and the Gods in The Faerie Queene, Book 5 David Lee Miller  3. The Ethics of Posing: Visual Epideixis in Some 17th Century Dutch Group Portraits Harry Berger, Jr.  4. Textual Ethics: Reading Transference and Translation: Milton and Tragedy Marshall Grossman  5. Aesthetics as Critique in Samson Agonistes Victoria Kahn  Part 3: Historicizing Renaissance Ethics  6. The Ethics of Renaissance Bible Translation Vivienne Westbrook  7. Eating Montaigne Paul Yachnin  8. Marvell’s 'Scaevola Scoto-Brittannus' and the Ethics of Political Violence David Norbrook  Part 4: Philosophy and Renaissance Ethics  9. The Ethics of Inspiration Gordon Teskey  10.  Shakespeare Against Morality Richard Strier  11. The Skeptical Ethics of John Donne: The Case of Ignatius his Conclave Anita Gilman Sherman  12. Winning the Initiative Angus J. S. Fletcher  Part 5: Assessments  13. Ethics or Politics? An Exchange Passing through the Areopagitica Sharon Achinstein and Marshall Grossman  14. Reading Reading Renaissance Ethics: 'with modesty enough' Theodore B. Leinwand

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Marshall Grossman teaches English at the University of Maryland, College Park. His publications include 'Authors to themselves’: Milton and the Revelation of History, and The Story of All Things: Writing the Self in English Renaissance Narrative Poetry, and numerous articles on Renaissance literature and literary historiography.


"Grossman assembles an extremely diverse collection of short essays on this theme by highly reputed Renaissance scholars..." -- Catherine Gimelli Martin, Studies in English Literature, Winter 2008