All of the essays in this collection investigate and extrapolate understandings of the strange. In presenting contrasts and analogies between diverse kinds of estrangement, the volume reveals an interplay of thematic and stylistic discourses that sheds new light on the place of word and self in English Renaissance writings, and offers a vital reinterpretation of early modern texts.
Cover; Contents; List of Illustrations; Notes on Contributors; Introduction: Word and Self Estranged: Topographies of Meaning in Early Modern England; PART 1: The Two-Way Mirror: The Natural and the Strange; 1 Wittgenstein and Early English Dictionaries, 1604-1658; 2 The Ruins of Persepolis:Grotesque Perception in Thomas Herbert's Travels; 3 Intimate Converse with Nature:Body and Touch in Harvey's Way of Inquiry; 4 Dipsas and Traditions of theSerpent-Woman in Early Modern Literature; PART 2: Shakespeare's Estranged Words; 5 Shakespeare and Authenticity:Teaching the Real Thing 6 Estranging Word and Self in Twelfth Night7 Desdemona's Wooing:Towards a Pre-1538 Othello; 8 A Mind Diseased:Reading Lady Macbeth's Madness; PART 3: Re-Sounding Words; 9 Topographies of Space, Time and Disciplinarity in Early Modern English:The Case of Andrew Marvell; 10 The Text Estranged: Topographies of Irony in Chaucer and Milton; 11 Sounds of Elevation in Paradise Lost: God's Commendation of Abdiel; 12 By the Rivers of Babylon: Biblical Allusion and the Politics of Pastoral in Izaak Walton's The Compleat Angler 13 "Transitory Hieroglyphiques": Deaf People and Signed Communication in Early Modern Theories of LanguageIndex
Includes bibliographical references and index. First published 2010 by Ashgate Publishing.