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The Resource Volition's face : personification and the will in Renaissance literature, Andrew Escobedo

Volition's face : personification and the will in Renaissance literature, Andrew Escobedo

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Volition's face : personification and the will in Renaissance literature
Title
Volition's face
Title remainder
personification and the will in Renaissance literature
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Andrew Escobedo
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Language
eng
Summary
"Modern readers and writers find it natural to contrast the agency of realistic fictional characters to the constrained range of action typical of literary personifications. Yet no commentator before the eighteenth century suggests that prosopopoeia signals a form of reduced agency. Andrew Escobedo argues that premodern writers, including Spenser, Marlowe, and Milton, understood personification as a literary expression of will, an essentially energetic figure that depicted passion or concept transforming into action. As the will emerged as an isolatable faculty in the Christian Middle Ages, it was seen not only as the instrument of human agency but also as perversely independent of other human capacities, for example, intellect and moral character. Renaissance accounts of the will conceived of volition both as the means to self-creation and the faculty by which we lose control of ourselves. After offering a brief history of the will that isolates the distinctive features of the faculty in medieval and Renaissance thought, Escobedo makes his case through an examination of several personified figures in Renaissance literature: Conscience in the Tudor interludes, Despair in Doctor Faustus and book I of The Faerie Queen, Love in books III and IV of The Faerie Queen, and Sin in Paradise Lost. These examples demonstrate that literary personification did not amount to a dim reflection of "realistic" fictional character, but rather that it provided a literary means to explore the numerous conundrums posed by the premodern notion of the human will. This book will be of great interest to faculty and graduate students interested in Medieval studies and Renaissance literature. "This exhilarating and brilliant book will be a most welcome and timely addition to the ReFormations series, to which it will add distinction. It is also a book that can be relished sentence by sentence, as Escobedo is a writer of intellectual verve and boldness, making hard-won claims look obvious once made."--Sarah Beckwith, Duke University"--
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1967-
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Escobedo, Andrew
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
ReFormations: Medieval and Early Modern
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  • English literature
  • Personification in literature
  • Will in literature
  • LITERARY CRITICISM
  • LITERARY CRITICISM
  • LITERARY CRITICISM
  • English literature
  • Personification in literature
  • Will in literature
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Volition's face : personification and the will in Renaissance literature, Andrew Escobedo
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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online resource
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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mixed
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Personification, energy, and allegory -- The prosopopoetic will: ours, though not we -- Conscience in the Tudor interludes -- Despair in Marlowe and Spenser -- Love and Spenser's Cupid -- Sin and Milton's Angel -- Epilogue: Premodern personification and posthumanism?
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ocn979560027
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unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xii, 326 pages)
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online
Isbn
9780268101688
Lccn
2017020114
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computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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  • n
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JSTOR
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctvpgj1r4
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)979560027
Label
Volition's face : personification and the will in Renaissance literature, Andrew Escobedo
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
mixed
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Personification, energy, and allegory -- The prosopopoetic will: ours, though not we -- Conscience in the Tudor interludes -- Despair in Marlowe and Spenser -- Love and Spenser's Cupid -- Sin and Milton's Angel -- Epilogue: Premodern personification and posthumanism?
Control code
ocn979560027
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xii, 326 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780268101688
Lccn
2017020114
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Note
JSTOR
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctvpgj1r4
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)979560027

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