New Historical Literary Study: Essays on Reproducing Texts, Representing History

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Jeffrey N. Cox, Larry J. Reynolds
Princeton University Press, 1993 - Literary Criticism - 337 pages
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This volume, growing out of the celebrated turn toward history in literary criticism, showcases some of the best new historical work being done today in textual theory, literary history, and cultural criticism. The collection brings together for the first time key representativesfrom various schools of historicist scholarship, including leading critics whose work has helped define new historicism. The essays illuminate literary periods ranging from Anglo-Saxon to postmodern, a variety of literary texts that includes The Siege of Thebes, Macbeth, The Jazz Singer, and The Chosen Place, the Timeless People, and central issues that have marked new historicism: power, ideology, textuality, othering, marginality, exile, and liberation.

The contributors are Janet Aikins, Lawrence Buell, Ralph Cohen, Margaret Ezell, Stephen Greenblatt, Terence Hoagwood, Jerome McGann, Robert Newman, Katherine O'Keeffe, Lee Patterson, Michael Rogin, Edward Said, and Hortense Spillers. The editors' introduction situates the various essays within contemporary criticism and explores the multiple, contestatory issues at stake within the historicist enterprise.

  

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Contents

Generating Literary Histories
39
Texts and Works Some Historical Questions on the Editing of Old English Verse
54
Making Identities in FifteenthCentury England Henry V and John Lydgate
69
Shakespeare Bewitched
108
Revisioning the Restoration Or How to Stop Obscuring Early Women Writers
136
Representing the Body in Pamela II
151
Fictions and Freedom Wordsworth and the Ideology of Romanticism
178
Beyond the Valley of Production or Defactorum natura A Dialogue
198
Literary History as a Hybrid Genre
216
Blackface White Noise The Jewish Jazz Singer Finds His Voice
230
Black White and in Color or Learning Mow to Paint Toward an Intramural Protocol of Reading
267
Exiling History Hysterical Transgression in Historical Narrative
292
Figures Configurations Transfigurations
316
Index
331
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Jeffrey Cox is Professor of History at the University of Iowa. He is the author of" The English Churches in a Secular Society: Lambeth, 1870-1930" and the co-editor of" Contesting the Master Narrative: Essays in Social History.

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