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English Authorship and the Early Modern Sublime: Fictions of Transport in Spenser, Marlowe, Jonson, and Shakespeare

Cheney, Patrick

ISBN 10: 1107049628 / ISBN 13: 9781107049628
Published by Cambridge University Press
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Title: English Authorship and the Early Modern ...

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: New

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Patrick Cheney's new book places the sublime at the heart of poems and plays in late sixteenth- and early seventeenth-century England. Specifically, Cheney argues for the importance of an 'early modern sublime' to the advent of modern authorship in Spenser, Marlowe, Shakespeare, and Jonson. Chapters feature a model of creative excellence and social liberty that helps explain the greatness of the English Renaissance. Cheney's argument revises the received wisdom, which locates the sublime in the eighteenth-century philosophical 'subject'. The book demonstrates that canonical works like The Faerie Queene and King Lear reinvent sublimity as a new standard of authorship. This standard emerges not only in rational, patriotic paradigms of classical and Christian goodness but also in the eternizing greatness of the author's work: free, heightened, ecstatic. Playing a centralizing role in the advent of modern authorship, the early modern sublime becomes a catalyst in the formation of an English canon.

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Studying the sublime in late sixteenth- and early seventeenth-century writing, this book advances our understanding of Renaissance literature as a field in the arts and humanities today. Above all, the chapters feature a model of creative excellence and social liberty that explains the greatness of the English literary Renaissance.

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