Hidden Designs: The Critical Profession and Renaissance Literature (Hardback)Jonathan Crewe (author)
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This 1986 study offers a challenging contribution to the on-going critical debate surrounding the English literary Renaissance. Although informed by the `new historicism' and post-structuralism, Hidden Designs makes a plea for criticism to be practiced in its own name rather than in the name of theory, and opposes the hyper-professionalisation of literary studies in favour of the broader communal functions of criticism.
Major Renaissance authors and their recent critics are placed under `suspicion' as Crewe explores the elements of `criminality' inherent in the powerful interests -personal, institutional, political and cultural - served by the literary enterprise, or channelled through it. Revisionary readings of Sidney, Spenser, Puttenham and Shakespeare are linked by a continuing commentary on the history and theoretical claims of Renaissance criticism.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 182
Weight: 358 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 mm
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