Reading Class through Shakespeare, Donne, and Milton

Reading Class through Shakespeare, Donne, and Milton

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Why study Renaissance literature? Reading Class through Shakespeare, Donne, and Milton examines six canonical Renaissance works to show that reading literature also means reading class. Warley demonstrates that careful reading offers the best way to understand social relations and in doing so he offers a detailed historical argument about what class means in the seventeenth century. Drawing on a wide range of critics, from Erich Auerbach to Jacques RanciAure, from Cleanth Brooks to Theodor Adorno, from Raymond Williams to Jacques Derrida, the book implicitly defends literary criticism. It reaffirms six Renaissance poems and plays, including poems by Donne, Shakespeare's Hamlet, and Milton's Paradise Lost, as the sophisticated and moving works of art that generations of readers have loved. These accessible interpretations also offer exciting new directions for the roles of art and criticism in the contemporary, post-industrial world.Donne poems might affect metaphysics, but to Dryden and Johnson, they yoke when they should unify and discriminate. In a€œThe Metaphysical Poets, a€ Eliot takes on Johnsona#39;s assessment with crucial implications for the meaning ofanbsp;...

Title:Reading Class through Shakespeare, Donne, and Milton
Author: Christopher Warley
Publisher:Cambridge University Press - 2014-01-23

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