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Critical Self-Fashioning

Stephen Greenblatt and the New Historicism

Jürgen Pieters

This volume brings together a number of scholarly theoretical articles on Stephen Greenblatt and the New Historicism. Contributors include literary and cultural theorists, Shakespeareans and literary historians, all of whom address Greenblatt's work from an interdisciplinary angle. Not only does the volume stage a confrontation of Greenblatt's writings with that of other theoreticians such as Michel de Certeau, René Girard and Ludwig Wittgenstein, it also contains a number of practical applications and/or theoretical critiques of the «method» of the New Historicism.
Contents: Jürgen Pieters: General Introduction - Ann Rigney: Literature and the Longing for History - Nadia Lie: The Author as Hymen. Fernando de Rojas' La Celestina between Stephen Gilman and Michel Foucault - Sonja Laden: Greenblattian Self-Fashioning and the Construction of 'Literary History' - Paul Franssen: «With all my Heart»: the Pound of Flesh and the Execution of Justice - Jan Frans van Dijkhuizen: Mystical Bodies. King Lear and the Discourse of Possession - David Schalkwyk: «Speaking Wittgenstein all along»: Stephen Greenblatt and the Philosophical Contexts of the New Historicism - Jonathan Gil Harris: Historicizing Greenblatt's «Containment»: the Cold War, Functionalism, and the Origins of Social Pathology - Benjamin Biebuyck: Greenblatt, Girard, and the Recontextualisation of Aesthetic Experience, or: What does Aesthetic Practice have to do with Cultural Theories? - Koenraad Geldof: The Dialectic of Modernity and Beyond: Adorno, Foucault, Certeau, and Greenblatt in Comparison - Jan R. Veenstra: Thematising Social Energy. The 'Bal des Ardents' and the Production of the Demonic in Medieval Culture.