Courtly Performances

Posted: May 31, 2017 in Uncategorized


Baldassare Castiglione
(1478 – 1529)


Greeenblatt Self-Fashioning

Renaissance Self-Fashioning is a study of sixteenth-century life and literature that spawned a new era of scholarly inquiry. Stephen Greenblatt examines the structure of selfhood as evidenced in major literary figures of the English Renaissance—More, Tyndale, Wyatt, Spenser, Marlowe, and Shakespeare—and finds that in the early modern period new questions surrounding the nature of identity heavily influenced the literature of the era. Now a classic text in literary studies, Renaissance Self-Fashioning continues to be of interest to students of the Renaissance, English literature, and the new historicist tradition.

  1. The study of cultures is one of my primary interests. As an extension of that interest, I am fascinated by courts and courtly life. They are entire worlds unto themselves and required so much finesse and intelligence to navigate. I would love to read these books and they are definitely going on my list. I thought it was intriguing that the individual person living in that time period would have been questioning their identity as a result of the Renaissance. How would a rising interest in Ancient Greece and Rome have influenced the way rulers and courtiers behaved (and therefore an entire nation of individuals)?

    P.S. I would still very much like to read the articles you mentioned in class about the difficulties adjunct instructors deal with and how it affects the higher education system.

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