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Literary Criticism English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh

Renaissance Tropologies

The Cultural Imagination of Early Modern England

edited by Jeanne Shami

Penn State University Press, Duquesne University Press
Initial publish date
Nov 2008
English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, Renaissance, Politics
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Tropes provide access into habits of thought and worldviews-they express a climate of opinion and a hermeneutical context. Focusing on the textual activity of major cultural tropes, this study demonstrates the ways in which they enunciate and transform the cultural imagination on matters of love and power in the world, the body politic, and the rising sphere of personal life in early modern England. In twelve essays, prominent Renaissance scholars extend the theoretical analysis and application of the four tropes identified by Gale Carrithers and James Hardy: theatre, moment, journey, and ambassadorship. Renaissance tropologies and habits of thought are here demonstrated through exegesis of the works of Shakespeare, Vaughan, and especially John Donne, whose writings, because they explore the most provocative issues of his day, are a lens through which one can understand the surrounding culture. The text itself is organised around the four tropes, and their cross-disciplinary approach to cultural phenomenon is part of the move toward a more fully historicised rhetorical analysis of texts.


About the author

Jeanne Shami is professor of English at the University of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. She has published numerous articles and book chapters on Donne and the author of John Donne and Conformity in Crisis in the Late Jacobean Pulpit (2003) and editor of Renaissance Tropologies. She is currently editor-in-chief of the Oxford Handbook of John Donne (with Tom Hester and Dennis Flynn), consulting editor for the new Oxford edition of the Sermons of John Donne; and editorial advisory board member for the Donne Variorum project.

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