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Author Kezar, Dennis, 1968-

Title Guilty creatures : Renaissance poetry and the ethics of authorship / Dennis Kezar
Published Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2001
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Description 1 online resource (viii, 268 pages)
Contents Courting heresy and taking the subject: John Skelton's precedent -- Spenser and the poetics of indiscretion -- The properties of Shakespeare's Globe -- The witch of Edmonton and the guilt of possession -- Samson's death by theater and Milton's art of dying -- Guilt and the constitution of authorship in Henry V and the antitheatrical elegies of W.S. and Milton
Summary This is a study of how poets treat the theme of killing and various other depravities and immoralities in Renaissance poetry. The book explores the self-consciousness of the poet that accompanies literary killing, and explores fundamental moments in particular writings in which Renaissance poets admit themselves accountable and to a degree guilty of a process whereby the literary subject is brought to some kind of destruction. Included among the many poems Kezar uses to explore the concept of authorial guilt raised by violent representations are Skelton's Phyllyp Sparowe, Spenser's Faerie Queene, Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, and Milton's Samson Agonistes
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Death in literature.
English drama (Tragedy) -- History and criticism.
English literature -- Early modern, 1500-1700 -- History and criticism.
Guilt in literature.
Poetry -- Authorship -- Psychological aspects.
Renaissance -- England.
Violence in literature.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 00034660
ISBN 1280531290
1423762231 (electronic bk.)
9781423762232 (electronic bk.)