Early Modern Cultural Studies

The Indistinct Human in Renaissance Literature

Editors: Feerick, J., Nardizzi, V. (Eds.)

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Argues for the necessity of a re-articulation of the differences that separated man from other forms of life. The essays in this collection argue for recognition of the persistently indistinct nature of humans, who cannot be finally divided ontologically or epistemologically from other forms of matter.

About the authors

Jean E. Feerick is an assistant professor of English at Brown University. Vin Nardizzi is an assistant professor of English at the University of British Columbia.

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'The Indistinct Human in Renaissance Literature is a brilliantly conceived collection that challenges the apparent stability of categories we have come to assume are fundamental to the ordering of the cosmos animal, vegetable, mineral, and, most of all, human. Its individual essays are scintillating: on every page we find a new revelation, a fresh reading of an old standard, a surprising juxtaposition, an original, and provocative argument. These essays will profoundly influence how Renaissance scholars perceive relationships between culture and environment in the period.' Karen Raber, professor of English, University of Mississippi

'A wonderfully deep and diverse collection on what may be the most important problem ecocriticism can now address: the culturally constructed boundary between human and other forms of life. With insightful essays on sea-creatures, plant-grafting, wooden legs, stony hearts, and many other topics, The Indistinct Human in Renaissance Literature

deploys Renaissance literature to recover valuable lost perspectives on the collective vitality of our planet.' Robert Watson, Distinguished Professor of English, UCLA and author of Back to Nature: The Green and the Real in the Late Renaissance


Table of contents (14 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Feerick, Jean E. (et al.)

    Pages 1-12

  • The Eight Animals in Shakespeare; or, Before the Human

    Shannon, Laurie

    Pages 15-25

  • “Half-Fish, Half-Flesh”: Dolphins, the Ocean, and Early Modern Humans

    Mentz, Steve

    Pages 29-46

  • Royal Fish: Shakespeare’s Princely Whales

    Brayton, Dan

    Pages 47-65

  • You Are What You Eat: Cooking and Writing Across the Species Barrier in Ben Jonson’s

    Zysk, Jay

    Pages 67-84

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Indistinct Human in Renaissance Literature
Editors
  • J. Feerick
  • V. Nardizzi
Series Title
Early Modern Cultural Studies
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Jean E. Feerick and Vin Nardizzi
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-01569-3
DOI
10.1057/9781137015693
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-34047-3
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-34308-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 292
Number of Illustrations and Tables
4 b/w illustrations
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