Cultural Aesthetics: Renaissance Literature and the Practice of Social Ornament

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University of Chicago Press, Dec 15, 1993 - History - 291 pages
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A brilliant postmodern critique of Renaissance subjectivity, Cultural Aesthetics explores the simultaneous formation and fragmentation of aristocratic "selfhood" in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. Patricia Fumerton situates the self within its sumptuous array of "trivial" arts—including the court literatures of chivalric romance, sonnet, and masque and the arts of architecture, miniature painting, stage design, and cuisine. Her integration of historicist and aesthetic perspectives makes this a provocative contribution to the vigorous field of Renaissance cultural studies.
 

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Contents

Introduction A Still Life Clock Jewel Orange
1
The Paradigm
3
Culture as Fragment
11
From the Fragmentary to the Peripheral and Ornamental
18
Cultural Aesthetics
24
Exchanging Gifts The Elizabethan Currency of Children and Romance
29
The Ring of Gift
31
The Ring of Elizabeth
36
Sidneys Ground of Poetry
90
After Hilliard and Sidney Within the louelimnd tablet of mine heart
104
Consuming the Void Jacobean Banquets and Masques
111
Rooms Apart of Sweet Conceits Toward an Aesthetics of Detachment
113
The Void of Self
128
Jamess Banqueting House and the Masque
136
The Annunciation of Self
143
Tearing Down the Masque Toward an Aesthetics of Consumerism
159

The Threat of the Irish
44
Spensers Garden of Adonis
50
The Dedication
59
Toward the Interior Cosmos
62
Secret Arts Elizabethan Miniatures and Sonnets
67
Publishing the Miniature In small volumes in private manner
70
Hilliards Secret Art of Limning
77
Publishing the Sonnet Such Secret thoughts as fit not euery sight
85
The Veil of Topicality Trade and Ornament in Neptunes Triumph
169
Foreign Currency and the East India Company
173
Ormuz
187
Neptunes Triumph for the Return of Albion
195
The Veil of Topicality
201
Notes
207
Index
261
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