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Author Eisendrath, Rachel,
Title Poetry in a world of things : aesthetics and empiricism in Renaissance ekphrasis / Rachel Eisendrath.
Imprint Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2018.

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Author Eisendrath, Rachel,
Subject European poetry -- Renaissance, 1450-1600 -- History and criticism.
Poetry, Modern -- 15th and 16th centuries -- History and criticism.
Alt Name Ohio Library and Information Network.
Description 1 online resource (202 pages)
Access Available to OhioLINK libraries
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents Introduction -- Subjectivity and the antiquarian object : Petrarch among the ruins of Rome -- Here comes objectivity : Spenser's 1590 The Faerie Queene, book 3 -- Playing with things : reification in Marlowe's Hero and Leander -- Feeling like a fragment : Shakespeare's The Rape of Lucrece -- Coda : make me not object
Summary We have become used to looking at art from a stance of detachment. In order to be objective, we create a 'mental space' between ourselves and the objects of our investigation, separating internal and external worlds. This detachment dates back to the early modern period, when researchers in a wide variety of fields tried to describe material objects as 'things in themselves' - things, that is, without the admixture of imagination. Generations of scholars have heralded this shift as the Renaissance 'discovery' of the observable world. Rachel Eisendrath explores how poetry responded to this new detachment by becoming a repository for a more complex experience of the world. The book focuses on ekphrasis, the elaborate literary description of a thing, as a mode of resistance to this new empirical objectivity. Poets like Petrarch, Spenser, Marlowe, and Shakespeare crafted highly artful descriptions that recovered the threatened subjective experience of the material world. In so doing, these poets reflected on the emergence of objectivity itself as a process that was often darker and more painful than otherwise acknowledged
Note Print version record
ISBN 9780226516752 (electronic bk.)
022651675X (electronic bk.)
9780226516585 (cloth ; alk. paper)
9780226516615 (pbk. ; alk. paper)
OCLC # 1027206353
Additional Format Print version: 9780226516585 (OCoLC)1002129348.

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