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Impossible desire and the limits of knowledge in Renaissance poetry, Wendy Beth Hyman

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Impossible desire and the limits of knowledge in Renaissance poetry
Title
Impossible desire and the limits of knowledge in Renaissance poetry
Statement of responsibility
Wendy Beth Hyman
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Language
eng
Summary
Impossible Desire and the Limits of Knowledge in Renaissance Poetry examines the limits of embodiment, knowledge, and representation at a disregarded nexus: the erotic carpe diem poem in early modern England. These macabre seductions offer no compliments or promises, but instead focus on the lovers' anticipated decline, and—quite stunningly given the Reformation context—humanity's relegation not to a Christian afterlife but to a Marvellian 'desert of vast Eternity.' In this way, a poetic trope whose classical form was an expression of pragmatic Epicureanism became, during the religious upheaval of the Reformation, an unlikely but effective vehicle for articulating religious doubt. Its ambitions were thus largely philosophical, and came to incorporate investigations into the nature of matter, time, and poetic representation. Renaissance seduction poets invited their auditors to participate in a dangerous intellectual game, one whose primary interest was expanding the limits of knowledge. The book theorizes how Renaissance lyric's own fragile relationship to materiality and time, and its self-conscious relationship to making, positioned it to grapple with these 'impossible' metaphysical and representational problems. Although attentive to poetics, the book also challenges the commonplace view that the erotic invitation is exclusively a lyrical mode. Carpe diem's revival in post-Reformation Europe portends its radicalization, as debates between man and maid are dramatized in disputes between abstractions like chastity and material facts like death. Offered here is thus a theoretical reconsideration of the generic parameters and aspirations of the carpe diem trope, wherein questions about embodiment and knowledge are also investigations into the potentialities of literary form
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NhCcYBP
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Hyman, Wendy Beth
Dewey number
821.309354
Index
index present
LC call number
PR531
LC item number
.H95 2019
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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  • English poetry
  • Couples in literature
  • Erotic poetry, English
Label
Impossible desire and the limits of knowledge in Renaissance poetry, Wendy Beth Hyman
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http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&scope=site&db=nlebk&db=nlabk&AN=2092597
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Publication
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unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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online resource
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  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Cover; Impossible Desire and the Limits of Knowledge in Renaissance Poetry; Copyright; Dedication; Acknowledgments; Contents; List of Figures; Introduction: The Limits of the Possible; DESERTS OF VAST ETERNITY; WE CANNOT KNOW; HIDING IN PLAIN SIGHT; 1: Poetry and Matter in the English Renaissance; ONE SHORT POINT OF TIME; "YET I 'LL HAMMER IT OUT": TO MAKE A POEM; ELEMENTAL POETICS; A BAWD FOR FIGURE; "LEST WHAT I MADE I UNCREATE": TO UNMAKE A POEM; A WAXEN EROS; 2: The Erotics of Doubt; DEATH IS NOTHING TO US; WHILE WE ARE BUT DECAYING; WHAT SIN YOU DO TO SAVE A BROTHER'S LIFE
  • THE SENSE OF DEATH IS MOST IN APPREHENSION3: Telling Time on the Body; LOOK BEHIND; MAKING THE CONCEPTUAL VISIBLE: SEEING TIME; SIGN AND SEMBLANCE; TIME REVEALS HIDDEN TRUTH; DIM, DISCOVER, DESTROY; 4: Seizing the "Point Imaginary"; "MIDWIVES CAN SPEAK NOTHING CERTAINELY OF THIS MEMBRANE": THE HYMEN AS RIDDLE; SEDUCING VENUS' "NONE"; THIS IDOLL WHICH YOU TERME VIRGINITIE; VANISHING POINTS AND THE EROTICS OF UNKNOWABILITY; 5: Saying No and Saying Yes; TRIAL BY LYRE; DILATION; INTEMPERANCE; WICKED TIME; A MASKE; SEEKING TRIAL; MISERS AND OUTLAWS; ASSAILING VIRTUE; APPREHENDING SOUL
  • Afterword: Learning to Imagine What We KnowWorks Cited; Index
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unknown
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First edition.
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1 online resource.
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online
Isbn
9780192574404
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computer
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rdamedia
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  • c
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Provided through the generosity of The Margaret and William Stobie Library Purchase Fund
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Electronic reproduction.
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(NhCcYBP)40029046291
Label
Impossible desire and the limits of knowledge in Renaissance poetry, Wendy Beth Hyman
Link
http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&scope=site&db=nlebk&db=nlabk&AN=2092597
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Cover; Impossible Desire and the Limits of Knowledge in Renaissance Poetry; Copyright; Dedication; Acknowledgments; Contents; List of Figures; Introduction: The Limits of the Possible; DESERTS OF VAST ETERNITY; WE CANNOT KNOW; HIDING IN PLAIN SIGHT; 1: Poetry and Matter in the English Renaissance; ONE SHORT POINT OF TIME; "YET I 'LL HAMMER IT OUT": TO MAKE A POEM; ELEMENTAL POETICS; A BAWD FOR FIGURE; "LEST WHAT I MADE I UNCREATE": TO UNMAKE A POEM; A WAXEN EROS; 2: The Erotics of Doubt; DEATH IS NOTHING TO US; WHILE WE ARE BUT DECAYING; WHAT SIN YOU DO TO SAVE A BROTHER'S LIFE
  • THE SENSE OF DEATH IS MOST IN APPREHENSION3: Telling Time on the Body; LOOK BEHIND; MAKING THE CONCEPTUAL VISIBLE: SEEING TIME; SIGN AND SEMBLANCE; TIME REVEALS HIDDEN TRUTH; DIM, DISCOVER, DESTROY; 4: Seizing the "Point Imaginary"; "MIDWIVES CAN SPEAK NOTHING CERTAINELY OF THIS MEMBRANE": THE HYMEN AS RIDDLE; SEDUCING VENUS' "NONE"; THIS IDOLL WHICH YOU TERME VIRGINITIE; VANISHING POINTS AND THE EROTICS OF UNKNOWABILITY; 5: Saying No and Saying Yes; TRIAL BY LYRE; DILATION; INTEMPERANCE; WICKED TIME; A MASKE; SEEKING TRIAL; MISERS AND OUTLAWS; ASSAILING VIRTUE; APPREHENDING SOUL
  • Afterword: Learning to Imagine What We KnowWorks Cited; Index
Dimensions
unknown
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 online resource.
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780192574404
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
Provided through the generosity of The Margaret and William Stobie Library Purchase Fund
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(NhCcYBP)40029046291

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