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The shattering of the self : violence, subjectivity, and early modern texts

Author: Cynthia Marshall
Publisher: Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2002.
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"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
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Cynthia Marshall
ISBN: 0801867789 9780801867781
OCLC Number: 47625255
Description: xii, 216 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Violence, Subjectivity, and Paradoxes of Pleasure --
"To Speak of Love" in the Language of Petrarchanism --
Foxe and the Jouissance of Martyrology --
The Pornographic Economy of Titus Andronicus --
Form, Characters, Viewers, and Ford's The Broken Heart.
Responsibility: Cynthia Marshall.
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"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."--BOOK JACKET.

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