Sinister Aesthetics

The Appeal of Evil in Early Modern English Literature

Authors: Slotkin, Joel Elliot

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  • Provides a literary-historical narrative of the poetics of evil, which previous scholarship has not yet treated in a sustained and systematic way
    Offers a new perspective on the relationship between elite and popular culture and the literary and cultural significance of monstrous births and bodies
    Analyzes a wide range of early modern writers including Shakespeare, Milton, and Spenser

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This engrossing volume studies the poetics of evil in early modern English culture, reconciling the Renaissance belief that literature should uphold morality with the compelling and attractive representations of evil throughout the period’s literature. The chapters explore a variety of texts, including Spenser’s Faerie Queene, Shakespeare’s Richard III, broadside ballads, and sermons, culminating in a new reading of Paradise Lost and a novel understanding of the dynamic interaction between aesthetics and theology in shaping seventeenth century Protestant piety. Through these discussions, the book introduces the concept of “sinister aesthetics”: artistic conventions that can make representations of the villainous, monstrous, or hellish pleasurable.

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Joel Elliot Slotkin is Associate Professor of English at Towson University, USA.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Sinister Aesthetics
Book Subtitle
The Appeal of Evil in Early Modern English Literature
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-52797-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-52797-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-52796-3
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-84987-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 289
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