DescriptionStephen Greenblatt is one of the most influential practitioners of new historicism. This Reader makes available in one volume Greenblatt’s most important writings on culture, Renaissance studies, and Shakespeare. It also features occasional pieces on subjects as diverse as story-telling and miracles, demonstrating the range of his cultural interests. Taken together, the texts collected here dispel the idea that new historicism is antithetical to literary and aesthetic value.
Introduction: Greenblatt and New Historicism.
Part One: Culture and New Historicism.
2 Towards a Poetics of Culture.
3 The Touch of the Real.
Part Two: Renaissance Studies.
4 The Wound in the Wall.
5 Marvelous Possessions.
Part Three: Shakespeare Studies.
6 Invisible Bullets.
7 The Improvisation of Power.
8 Shakespeare and the Exorcists.
9 Martial Law in the Land of Cocaigne.
Part Four: Occasional Pieces.
10 Prologue to Hamlet in Purgatory.
11 China: Visiting Rites.
12 China: Visiting Rites (II).
13 Laos is Open.
Stephen Greenblatt: A Bibliography (1965-2003), compiled by Gustavo P. Secchi.
“What a tribute to a long and distinguished career.”"For three decades Stephen Greenblatt has been the most articulate, thoughtful, and daring voice in early modern studies. The breadth of his reading is vast, the connections he makes are unexpected and often revelatory, and his writing is, quite simply, brilliant. Most of all, his willingness to take chances has made him an exciting and uniquely provocative critic. It is wonderful to have these classic essays in a single collection; and especially to have the most ephemeral of the pieces, the exquisite meditations on his visits to China and Laos, easily available. This is a beautifully conceived, indispensable volume." Stephen Orgel, Stanford University
* Makes available in one volume the most important writings by Greenblatt on culture, Renaissance studies, and Shakespeare.
* Features occasional pieces on subjects as diverse as story-telling and miracles, demonstrating the range of Greenblatt’s interests.
* Dispels the view that new historicism is antithetical to literary and aesthetic value.
* Includes a critical introduction, brief introductions to each reading, and a comprehensive bibliography of Greenblatt’s publications.