The Aesthetics of Service in Early Modern England (Hardback)Elizabeth J. Rivlin (author)
Hardback 288 Pages / Published: 30/01/2012
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Explores the ways in which servant-master relationships reshaped literature. Rivlin shows that service is fundamentally a representational practice, in which the servant who acts for a master merges with the servant who acts as a master. Rivlin argues that in the early modern period, servants found new positions as subjects and authors found new forms of literature.
Publisher: Northwestern University Press
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 456 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20 mm
"Rivlin continually offers new and innovative readings of much-discussed texts... Eschewing what she calls ''catastrophic narratives'' that focus solely on oppression and disenfranchisement, Rivlin draws a more complex picture: one that allows for both upward and downward mobility, self-possession and dispossession, and an array of new possibilities for early modern subjects and, most particularly, for texts and authors...Scholars of early modern literature and culture will profit from reading Rivlin's book. It will reward not only students of early modern social history, but readers interested in the literary criticism and aesthetic theories of the period." --Renaissance Quarterly
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