English Authorship and the Early Modern Sublime : Spenser, Marlowe, Shakespeare, Jonson Hardback
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.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 328 pages, 2 b/w illus.
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press
- Publication Date: 29/03/2018
- Category: Literary studies: c 1500 to c 1800
- ISBN: 9781107049628
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