Early Modern Literature in History

Poetry and Vision in Early Modern England

Authors: Partner, Jane

  • Constructs a uniquely wide-ranging, multi-disciplinary context that reveals poetry to be a discourse in which ideas about vision from other disciplines were tested and compared 
  • Each chapter puts forward a substantial new reading of a single author by raising important new questions 
  • These analyses of individual authors fit together to give a broader picture of the importance of vision in seventeenth-century poetry
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This book reveals the ways in which seventeenth-century poets used models of vision taken from philosophy, theology, scientific optics, political polemic and the visual arts to scrutinize the nature of individual perceptions and to examine poetry’s own relation to truth.

Drawing on archival research, Poetry and Vision in Early Modern England brings together an innovative selection of texts and images to construct a new interdisciplinary context for interpreting the poetry of Cavendish, Traherne, Marvell and Milton. Each chapter presents a reappraisal of vision in the work of one of these authors, and these case studies also combine to offer a broader consideration of the ways that conceptions of seeing were used in poetry to explore the relations between the ‘inward’ life of the viewer and the ‘outward’ reality that lies beyond; terms that are shown to have been closely linked, through ideas about sight, with the emergence of the fundamental modern categories of the ‘subjective’ and ‘objective’. This book will be of interest to literary scholars, art historians and historians of science.

About the authors

Jane Partner studied English Literature at the University of Cambridge and Art History at the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London, UK. She is now a Fellow at Trinity Hall in Cambridge, UK, where she teaches a range of literary and art-historical subjects.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Partner, Jane

    Pages 1-50

  • Margaret Cavendish, Vision and Fancy

    Partner, Jane

    Pages 51-88

  • The ‘Infant-Ey’ in the Devotional Writing of Thomas Traherne

    Partner, Jane

    Pages 89-129

  • Vision, Geometry and Truth in the Poetry of Andrew Marvell

    Partner, Jane

    Pages 131-168

  • The ‘Advice to a Painter’ Poems and the Politics of Visual Representation

    Partner, Jane

    Pages 169-211

Buy this book

eBook $84.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-71017-4
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $109.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-71016-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Poetry and Vision in Early Modern England
Authors
Series Title
Early Modern Literature in History
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-71017-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-71017-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-71016-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 334
Number of Illustrations and Tables
36 b/w illustrations
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