The Shattering of the Self: Violence, Subjectivity, and Early Modern Texts

4.25 avg rating
( 4 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780801867781: The Shattering of the Self: Violence, Subjectivity, and Early Modern Texts

In The Shattering of the Self: Violence, Subjectivity, and Early Modern Texts, Cynthia Marshall reconceptualizes the place and function of violence in Renaissance literature. During the Renaissance an emerging concept of the autonomous self within art, politics, religion, commerce, and other areas existed in tandem with an established, popular sense of the self as fluid, unstable, and volatile. Marshall examines an early modern fascination with erotically charged violence to show how texts of various kinds allowed temporary release from an individualism that was constraining. Scenes such as Gloucester's blinding and Cordelia's death in King Lear or the dismemberment and sexual violence depicted in Titus Andronicus allowed audience members not only a release but a "shattering"―as opposed to an affirmation―of the self.

Marshall draws upon close readings of Shakespearean plays, Petrarchan sonnets, John Foxe's Acts and Monuments of the Christian Martyrs, and John Ford's The Broken Heart to successfully address questions of subjectivity, psychoanalytic theory, and identity via a cultural response to art. Timely in its offering of an account that is both historically and psychoanalytically informed, The Shattering of the Self argues for a renewed attention to the place of fantasy in this literature and will be of interest to scholars working in Renaissance and early modern studies, literary theory, gender studies, and film theory.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

From the Publisher:

"Brilliantly employing the insights of Freudian, Lacanian and post-Lacanian psychoanalysis in a series of close textual readings, Marshall demonstrates the early modern self's desire for self-dissolution in the rough textual pleasures of jouissance and connects that desire with contemporary interest in the ethics of pornography and other violent forms of spectatorship. This is a study of major importance to which I will turn again and again."—Gail Kern Paster, George Washington University, Editor, Shakespeare Quarterly

"Cynthia Marshall's brilliant and challenging book investigates the perverse pleasure catered by some of the most violent texts of the early modern period. At once deploying and strongly taking issue with mainstream New Historicism, Marshall provokes wide-ranging reconsideration of the dynamics of early modern literary production and audience-response."—Jonathan V. Crewe, Dartmouth College

About the Author:

Cynthia Marshall is a professor of English at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Professor Cynthia Marshall
Published by John Hopkins University Press
ISBN 10: 0801867789 ISBN 13: 9780801867781
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
INDOO
(Avenel, NJ, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description John Hopkins University Press. Book Condition: New. Brand New. Bookseller Inventory # 0801867789

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 30.72
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.50
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Marshall, Cynthia
Published by Johns Hopkins Univ
ISBN 10: 0801867789 ISBN 13: 9780801867781
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Rating
[?]

Book Description Johns Hopkins Univ. Book Condition: BRAND NEW. BRAND NEW Hardcover A Brand New Quality Book from a Full-Time Bookshop in business since 1992!. Bookseller Inventory # 2317155

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 48.94
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Marshall, Cynthia
Published by Johns Hopkins University Press
ISBN 10: 0801867789 ISBN 13: 9780801867781
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Cloud 9 Books
(Wellington, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Johns Hopkins University Press. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0801867789 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW7.1300354

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 59.99
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Marshall, Cynthia
Published by Johns Hopkins University Press (2002)
ISBN 10: 0801867789 ISBN 13: 9780801867781
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Johns Hopkins University Press, 2002. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110801867789

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 68.48
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 1.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Marshall, Cynthia
Published by Johns Hopkins University Press
ISBN 10: 0801867789 ISBN 13: 9780801867781
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
M and N Media
(Acworth, GA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Johns Hopkins University Press. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0801867789 We guarantee all of our items - customer service and satisfaction are our top priorities. Please allow 4 - 14 business days for Standard shipping, within the US. Bookseller Inventory # XM-0801867789

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 90.01
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds