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The Resource Reading between the lines, Annabel Patterson

Reading between the lines, Annabel Patterson

Label
Reading between the lines
Title
Reading between the lines
Statement of responsibility
Annabel Patterson
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • For those exhausted by the highly charged debates and polarized climate of literary studies today, Annabel Patterson's Reading Between the Lines offers a strategic compromise: a moderate stance between the radical opponents and the zealous protectors of the traditional Western canon._ She reconsiders the value of reading the white, male, canonical writers of antiquity and of early modern England, finding in them a set of values different from those supposed by both sides in the Great Books quarrel._ Rather than being the unthinking or deliberate promoters of political or cultural uniformity, _ these writers subjected such conventional notions to critical scrutiny and even promoted alternatives._ The key to this revisionary argument is "reading between the lines," a strategy usually associated with the eccentric conservativism of Leo Strauss, but which, Patterson shows, is not only implicit in all acts of interpretation, but played a particularly important role in an age when writing between the lines was often essential for the writer's survival
  • Patterson argues that, if we learn how to read those old and seemingly alien texts, which themselves responded to rapid and unsettling change in the arenas of religion, politics, and education, they have much that is liberating to tell us about our own expanding culture, including the importance of republican constitutionalism, freedom of speech, and civic and religious toleration._ This salutary redefinition of "humanism" arises from Patterson's essays on Plato, Spenser, Shakespeare, Donne, and Milton; but the book also deals with the "gendered" topics of rape and divorce and with "popular culture" in the sixteenth century and today._ These interests are not on opposite sides of some theoretical boundary, but (as Patterson demonstrates from contemporary novels by Joseph Heller and Nancy Price) interdependent
  • For those exhausted by the highly charged debates and polarized climate of literary studies today, Annabel Patterson's Reading Between the Lines offers a strategic compromise: a moderate stance between the radical opponents and the zealous protectors of the traditional Western canon._ She reconsiders the value of reading the white, male, canonical writers of antiquity and of early modern England, finding in them a set of values different from those supposed by both sides in the Great Books quarrel._ Rather than being the unthinking or deliberate promoters of political or cultural uniformity,_ these writers subjected such conventional notions to critical scrutiny and even promoted alternatives._ The key to this revisionary argument is "reading between the lines," a strategy usually associated with the eccentric conservativism of Leo Strauss, but which, Patterson shows, is not only implicit in all acts of interpretation, but played a particularly important role in an age when writing between the lines was often essential for the writer's survival
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Patterson, Annabel M
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Milton, John
  • English literature
  • Authors and readers
  • Reader-response criticism
  • Rhetoric
  • Canon (Literature)
  • Rhetoric
Label
Reading between the lines, Annabel Patterson
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
1. "Just Reading" or Reading Plato's Laws -- 2. Couples, Canons, and the Uncouth: Spenser-and-Milton -- 3. A Petitioning Society -- 4. The Egalitarian Giant: Representations of Justice in History/Literature -- 5. The Small Cat Massacre: Popular Culture in the 1587 "Holinshed" -- 6. Quod oportet versus quod convenit: John Donne, Kingsman? -- 7. The Good Old Cause. The Republican's Library. "The Civil War is not ended": Milton's Modern Readers -- 8. Sleeping with the Enemy. Milton Uncouples Himself. The Rape of Lucrece. Sleeping with the Enemy -- Postscript: The Return from Theory
Control code
26502637
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 339 pages
Isbn
9780299135409
Lccn
92050257
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(WaOLN)1499147
Label
Reading between the lines, Annabel Patterson
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
1. "Just Reading" or Reading Plato's Laws -- 2. Couples, Canons, and the Uncouth: Spenser-and-Milton -- 3. A Petitioning Society -- 4. The Egalitarian Giant: Representations of Justice in History/Literature -- 5. The Small Cat Massacre: Popular Culture in the 1587 "Holinshed" -- 6. Quod oportet versus quod convenit: John Donne, Kingsman? -- 7. The Good Old Cause. The Republican's Library. "The Civil War is not ended": Milton's Modern Readers -- 8. Sleeping with the Enemy. Milton Uncouples Himself. The Rape of Lucrece. Sleeping with the Enemy -- Postscript: The Return from Theory
Control code
26502637
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 339 pages
Isbn
9780299135409
Lccn
92050257
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(WaOLN)1499147

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