Stephen Greenblatt

By Mark Robson

Series Editor: Robert Eaglestone

© 2007 – Routledge

160 pages

Purchasing Options:
Paperback: 9780415343855
pub: 2007-10-22
US Dollars$24.95
x
Hardback: 9780415343848
pub: 2007-10-24
US Dollars$105.00
x

e–Inspection Copy

About the Book

Stephen Greenblatt is the most important exponent of 'new historicism', a dynamic critical movement which rejects the traditional reliance on individual canonical texts, exploring a multitude of other, more marginal works and voices. Questioning not just literary but social, political and cultural assumptions about knowledge and power, Greenblatt’s work has had a huge impact on contemporary theory.

Mark Robson discusses ideas specific to particular works and explores the relation of Greenblatt’s thought to new historicism as well as other modes of criticism including the key topics of:

  • context
  • cultural poetics
  • power, subversion and containment
  • thick description
  • anecdotes.

Providing a starting point for readers new to this crucial theorist’s sometimes complex texts, or support for those deepening their understanding of his work, this guidebook is ideal for students in the fields of literary, history, social and cultural studies.

About the Author/Editor

Mark Robson is Lecturer in English at the University of Nottingham. He is author of The Sense of Early Modern Writing (2006), co-author of Language in Theory (2005), and editor of Jacques Rancière: Aesthetics, Politics, Philosophy (2005).

About the Series

Routledge Critical Thinkers

Routledge Critical Thinkers is designed for students who need an accessible introduction to the key figures in contemporary critical thought. The books provide crucial orientation for further study and equip readers to engage with theorists' original texts.

The volumes in the Routledge Critical Thinkers series place each key theorist in his or her historical and intellectual context and explain:

  • why he or she is important
  • what motivated his or her work
  • what his or her key ideas are
  • who and what influenced the thinker
  • who and what the thinker has influenced
  • what to read next and why.

Featuring extensively annotated guides to further reading, Routledge Critical Thinkers is the first point of reference for any student wishing to investigate the work of a specific theorist.

Learn more…

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LIT000000
LITERARY CRITICISM / General