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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The conversation with the living that I started is thus perhaps only the beginning, more of a chat really: How does the New Historicism approach these aspects: Viewing literature as on par with other types of texts, the privileging of literature or its composition over and above other social practices is rejected.

Yet, both these lists provide inconclusive arguments regarding the poetics of the New Historicism: Montrose as pointed to earlier in section 2. However, it must be said that given that it is only part of the book, thus it cannot be held fully representative for it.

Textual Strategies in English and History. Romantic Theory and the Critical Tradition.

Then over some time, after some discussions and lunches, we realised what it was, and we identified the missing piece. Thus perhaps a third discontinuity in the shared theoretical framework: And such, or in this form, history can be known by us.

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However, we were unsure about what this was: Louis Montrose and the New Historicism. These texts are the following: Reality is drawn into the text, making the text part of what is outside and a cultural sign.


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

Stephen Greenblatt offers a working definition, which Dollimore adopts in his work: Consequently, this means that the New Historicist starts to look beyond the centre of the text, to the borders of the text, where the text intertwines and integrates with society and vice versa. Text and reality are indistinguishable for the New Historicism: The Poetics and Politics of Culture. Whatever the place of this dream in the dreamer’s interior life, the text in which he represents it to himself allows us to glimpse the cultural contours of a psyche that is both distinctively male and distinctively Elizabethan.

Critical Readings in Romantinc History. I hope that all readers may be able to enjoy my work. 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.

This gives his essay that which is missing from the others: However, what does this tell us about the New Historicism? In the other texts he is mentioned by name alone. Further, although subversion may indeed be appropriated by authority for its own purposes, once installed it can be used against authority as well as used by it. Though he accuses those who talk about the containment-subversion dichotomy of being reductive, he reduces the concepts even further down to only one: The Mirror and the Lamp: 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.


Dollimore, Jonathan and Alan Sinfield. He must, however, also be diachronic: While this may seem to enhance the synchronic aspect, it tells us that for the New Historicist culture is a process that has to be contested and renewed i. However, as pointed out earlier, the New Historicism inherently occupies itself with the diachronic aspect as well.

This tendency does, however, not occur in every one of the seven texts used as background material here.

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Johns Hopkins Renaisance Press, In his survey fromH. The author is thus a synchronic figure, a cultural, historical figure of his time, who transforms his denaissance surroundings into a literary work, both consciously and unconsciously as a subject of the reigning ideology. When literature is seen as a contingent phenomenon produced in and by discourse, then a whole set of new objects and connections becomes immediately and directly available for study: Perhaps this is because he has retired from the academic scene for a while now, or maybe because he does not appear to have written many theoretical texts concerning the New Historicism throughout his career.

Greene, Roland, et al. Princeton University Press,