Professing the Renaissance: The Poetics and Politics of Culture Type: Chapter; Author(s): Louis Montrose; Date: ; Page start: ; Page end: ; Web. Louis Adrian Montrose is an American literary theorist and academic scholar. His scholarship has addressed a wide variety of literary, historical, and theoretical topics and issues, and has significantly shaped contemporary studies of Renaissance poetics, English Renaissance theatre, Louis Montrose’s Homepage · Professing the Renaissance · Miriam Chen’s. Professing the Renaissance: The Poetics and Politics of Culture. Louis A. Montrose. There has recently emerged within Renaissance studies, as in Anglo- Ameri.

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Each of these had to be divided into two aspects: Unfortunately, there is little evidence from the other texts discussed here to back that assumption to its full extent.

And here we are, now two years later, about to embark on a conversation about the New Montrosf, yet ironically not with the dead but with the living; and more specifically with Louis Montrose.

In a first instance, this framework needed to be tested against a case, for which Louis Montrose was chosen. Neil Badmington from Cardiff University for his kindness and help with this thesis. And lastly, I would like to thank my wonderful girlfriend Ine Verheyen, for her support and also for correcting my work and spotting the odd comma, which is not my strong suit; thank you very much.

The Renaissance text can give us a deeper insight in our modern culture, i. Neither is this the case in his b or his texts: Text and reality are indistinguishable for the New Historicism: This is however only a very first exploration in the poetics of the New Historicism.

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Unlike the two other analyses, the b text also shows signs of a diachronic approach, despite what Montrose b: Ideology is a key term here that functions both synchronically and diachronically. An example of this relative autonomy might be in order: Then over some time, after some discussions and lunches, we realised what it was, and we identified the missing piece. Log In Sign Up. Yet, what is a theoretical framework without a practice? Back to the Future.


For Hens-Piazza profesaing, the New Historicism views literature like other social and cultural practices, artifacts, relics and data of a context. Nevertheless, collective structures may enable as well as constrain individual agency; and they may be potentially enabling precisely when they are experienced by the subject as multiple, heterogeneous, and even contradictory in their imperatives.

The biggest challenge to this idea of a shared methodology lies ahead, in the next section of this thesis, where the theory will be aligned with the practice: The conclusion from this thesis could be that there is, at least through this one case study of Louis Montrose, a noticeable difference between theory and practice.

As Stephen Greenblatt points out, what was really worrying for the Queen was both the repeatability of the representation – and hence the multiplying numbers of people witnessing it – and the locations of these repetitions: Romantic Theory and the Critical Tradition.

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While it issues an antitheoretical stance against literary theory, it does so by using literary theory reenaissance make its point, proving its necessity whilst trying to undo it. While Michaels is indeed considered a New Historicist, the article in itself is at least ambiguous: Literature is thus seen as discourse, in a Foucauldian sense I will elaborate on this issue later in the course of this thesis.

Though he accuses those who talk about the containment-subversion dichotomy of being reductive, he reduces the concepts even further down to only one: Thus when wanting to observe a set of shared assumptions of the New Historicism, modelled onto Abrams, this means a two-folded subdivision will need to be made, i. He must, however, also be diachronic: Further, although subversion may indeed be appropriated by authority montroe its own purposes, montose installed it can be used against authority as well as used by it.

Badmington helped me become a better academic researcher through professing lectures and support. While this seems like an obvious part of literary criticism, it remains mainly undefined in all seven texts. I mean to suggest a process of subjectification that, on the one hand, shapes individuals as loci of consciousness and initiators of action, endows them with subjectivity; and that, on the lohis hand, positions, motivates, and constrains them within – subjects them to – social networks and cultural codes that exceed their comprehension or control.


However, as pointed out earlier in the introduction, it must be assumed that these surveys rely on a shared profexsing in order to define the New Historicism. Help Center Find new research papers in: The work is not that of one genius, it is part of a community and culture which precedes the author in his writing.

The constructions of the past are presumed as intimately tied to the present.

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Critical Readings in Romantic history. While this thesis in itself is not an actual New Historicist analysis but rather a reflection on the practice of the New Historicism, it shall start with an anecdote nonetheless. During the harsh winter of and the first months ofwhilst preparing a PhD-application for the FWO, we agreed that something was missing in the study of the New Historicism.

Levinson is a Romantic scholar – should provide a broader view of the New Historicist theoretical practice.

It is a question this thesis will not attempt to answer. Others focus upon rwnaissance contradictions, tensions, and aporia in writings. While we cannot say that his practice does not confirm his theoretical stances regarding the four tenets, there is no full match between the two. I hope that my thesis provides an answer to a yet unexplored monhrose within the existing research on the New Historicism. In doing so, perhaps this thesis may find a foundation for what Veeser My concern is not to psychoanalyze Forman but rather to emphasize the historical specificity of psychological processes, the politics of the unconscious.

However, we were unsure about what this was: Abrams assumed there to be four kinds of literary theories: Cornell University Press, monteose Yet, my reader will have to wait a little longer in order to discover what this could be — all will be revealed in due course — because there are some people I would like to thank first.