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The Resource Generosity and the limits of authority : Shakespeare, Herbert, Milton, William Flesch

Generosity and the limits of authority : Shakespeare, Herbert, Milton, William Flesch

Label
Generosity and the limits of authority : Shakespeare, Herbert, Milton
Title
Generosity and the limits of authority
Title remainder
Shakespeare, Herbert, Milton
Statement of responsibility
William Flesch
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Generosity is an ambiguous quality, William Flesch observes; while receiving gifts is pleasant, gift-giving both displays the wealth and strength of the giver and places the receiver under an obligation. In provocative new readings of Shakespeare, Herbert, and Milton, Flesch illuminates the personal authority that is bound inextricably with acts of generosity. Drawing on the work of such theorists as Mauss, Blanchot, Bourdieu, Wittgenstein, Bloom, Cavell, and Greenblatt, Flesch maintains that the literary power of Shakespeare, Herbert, and Milton is at its most intense when they are exploring the limits of generosity. He considers how in Herbert's Temple divine assurance of the possibility of redemption is put into question and how the poet approaches such a gift with the ambivalence of a beneficiary. In his readings of Shakespeare's Richard II, Henry IV, King Lear, Antony and Cleopatra, and the sonnets, Flesch examines the perspective of the benefactor - including Shakespeare himself - who confronts the decline of his capacity to give. Turning to Milton's Paradise Lost, Flesch identifies two opposing ways of understanding generosity - Satan's, on the one hand, and Adam and Eve's, on the other - and elaborates the different conceptions of poetry to which these understandings give rise. Scholars of Shakespeare and of Renaissance culture, Miltonists, literary theorists, and others interested in the relationship between philosophy and literature will want to read this insightful and challenging book
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1956-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Flesch, William
Dewey number
820.9/353
Index
index present
LC call number
PR428.G45
LC item number
F58 1992
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Shakespeare, William
  • Herbert, George
  • Milton, John
  • English literature
  • Generosity in literature
  • Authority in literature
  • Shakespeare, William
  • Herbert, George
  • Milton, John
  • Herbert, George
  • Milton, John
  • Shakespeare, William
  • Shakespeare, William
  • Herbert, George
  • Milton, John
  • Littérature anglaise
  • Littérature anglaise
  • Générosité dans la littérature
  • Autorité dans la littérature
  • geben
  • nehmen
  • Wohltätigkeit
Label
Generosity and the limits of authority : Shakespeare, Herbert, Milton, William Flesch
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Generality and extemity -- "When griefs make thee tame": public and private in Herbert -- Shakespeare's gifts -- The majesty of darkness: idol and image in Milton
Control code
25964305
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 277 pages
Isbn
9780801426421
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
92052753
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (WaOLN)1495017
  • (OCoLC)25964305
Label
Generosity and the limits of authority : Shakespeare, Herbert, Milton, William Flesch
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Generality and extemity -- "When griefs make thee tame": public and private in Herbert -- Shakespeare's gifts -- The majesty of darkness: idol and image in Milton
Control code
25964305
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 277 pages
Isbn
9780801426421
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
92052753
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (WaOLN)1495017
  • (OCoLC)25964305

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