Poetics and Praxis, Understanding and Imagination: The Collected Essays of O.B. Hardison, Jr

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University of Georgia Press, Jan 1, 1997 - Literary Collections - 457 pages
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Whether O. B. Hardison Jr. (1928-1990) wrote about government's responsibility to the arts and humanities, film adaptations of Shakespeare's plays, Dadaist poetry, or modern and postmodern design and architecture, his chosen form was the essay. Showcasing Hardison's mastery of the essay's power to instruct, persuade, and provoke, the twenty-five selections in this volume range from his earliest works to those completed but still unpublished at the time of his death.

The selections reflect the many facets of Hardison's remarkably crowded and productive life and career. Once lionized on the cover of Time magazine, which praised him as one of America's "great teachers" and a "Renaissance man," Hardison was widely known and published as a poet, critic, scholar, administrator, and social and cultural observer. He served as president of the Shakespeare Association of America and Renaissance Society of America, and, perhaps most impressive of his many honors and accomplishments, as the third director of the Folger Shakespeare Library. Hardison transformed the Folger from a scholarly retreat into an active research center and established fellowships, residencies, and The Folger Institute. In addition, the Folger grew into a prominent national cultural center that featured musical and dramatic performing groups, a poetry reading series, and an art gallery.

Poetics and Praxis, Understanding and Imagination is both a tribute to the essay and to one of its most distinguished modern practitioners, as well as an important survey of humanistic concerns in literature and the arts over the past three decades.

  

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Contents

In Praise of the Essay
3
Literature
37
Tudor Humanism and Surreys Translation of the Aeneid
97
Perspective and Form in Petrarch
115
Amoretti and the Dolce Stil Novo
127
Logic Versus the Slovenly World in Shakespearean Comedy
134
The Dramatic Triad in Hamlet
147
Myth and History in King Lear
164
Miltons On Time and Its Scholastic Background
210
In Medias Res in Paradise Lost
222
Politics and Beauty
249
Dada the Poetry of Nothing and the Modern World
260
Great Walls and Running Fences
278
At the Top of the Masthead
302
Taking Off
313
Notes and References
391

Shakespearean Dialogue
181
The Developing Canon
197

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About the author (1997)

Arthur F. Kinney is a professor of English at the University of Massachusetts. Among his many books he is the author of Flannery O'Connor's Library and editor of Poetics and Praxis, Understanding and Imagination (both Georgia).

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