Corey McEleney's Futile Pleasures: Early Modern Literature and the Limits of PDF

By Corey McEleney

ISBN-10: 0823272656

ISBN-13: 9780823272655

ISBN-10: 0823272664

ISBN-13: 9780823272662

opposed to the protecting backdrop of numerous apologetic justifications for the price of literature and the arts, Futile Pleasures reframes the present dialog by means of returning to the literary tradition of early sleek England, a tradition whose protective posture towards literature competitors and shapes our own.

During the Renaissance, poets justified the worth in their paintings at the foundation of the inspiration that the aim of poetry is to delight and show, that it has to be either pleasant and important. even as, lots of those writers confronted the prospect that the pleasures of literature could be in clash with the call for to be priceless and priceless. interpreting the rhetoric of enjoyment and the excitement of rhetoric in texts by way of William Shakespeare, Roger Ascham, Thomas Nashe, Edmund Spenser, and John Milton, McEleney explores the ambivalence those writers show towards literature’s strength for lifeless, frivolous vainness.

Tracing that ambivalence ahead to the trendy period, this booklet additionally indicates how modern critics have recapitulated Renaissance humanist beliefs approximately aesthetic worth. opposed to a longstanding culture that defensively advocates for the redemptive software of literature, Futile Pleasures either theorizes and plays the queer pleasures of futility. with out ever wasting sight of the prices of these pleasures, McEleney argues that twiddling with futility should be a technique of relocating past the impasses that smooth humanists, like their early sleek opposite numbers, have consistently faced.

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