By Jeff Dolven
We take it with no consideration at the present time that the examine of poetry belongs in school—but in sixteenth-century England, making Ovid or Virgil into pillars of the curriculum was once a revolution. Scenes of guideline in Renaissance Romance explores how poets reacted to the hot authority of humanist pedagogy, and the way they reworked a style to precise their such a lot radical doubts.Jeff Dolven investigates what it intended for a e-book to coach as he strains the competition among poet and schoolmaster within the works of John Lyly, Philip Sydney, Edmund Spenser, and John Milton. Drawing deeply at the era’s pedagogical literature, Dolven explores the hyperlinks among humanist innovations of guideline and romance narrative, rethinking such options as adventure, sententiousness, instance, process, punishment, classes, and endings. In scrutinizing this pivotal second within the historical, intimate contest among artwork and schooling, Scenes of guide in Renaissance Romance bargains a brand new view of 1 of the main unconsidered—yet fundamental—problems in literary feedback: poetry’s strength to delight and train. (20071207)
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Judith Anderson’s Words that Matter explores how the systematic grammar (especially syntax), and emphasis on the mind generally, in scholastic thought gives way to a concern with referentiality, the matter of words, among the humanists (esp. 7–42). 37. See esp. ” This idea will return in chapters 2 and 3. 39 Whenever the school statutes and timetables refer to an author, it is a good bet that something like this routine was used to bring his language before the boys: Terence, Cicero, Virgil, Ovid, all entered the classroom by these stairs.
What is to be found on the ﬁrst and last pages of a commonplace book is a relatively arbitrary function of its indexing procedure. Like repetition and analysis, the classiﬁcation of commonplaces takes the time out of the matter to which it is applied. A →a One more operation native to the routine of unfolding: epitome, deriving from a text a shorter formulation that captures that text’s meaning or essence. Ascham uses the word to mean “cutting away words and sentences” in making summaries, a practice he scorns as “a way of study belonging the universe to which they refer is assumed to constitute an array of morally interrelated concepts, susceptible to an arrangement which supplies a rhetoric of argumentation geared to put the case for and against any proposition or course of action, to persuade and dissuade, to praise and blame” (Printed Commonplace-Books, 123).
46 A place, that is, could be put inside another place. What this ambiguity demonstrates is the extent to which any piece of text might itself be treated as a paradigm waiting for instances. ”47 By virtue of having been picked out and recorded, those particular words can themselves now be recognized as a general case within which some aspect of our experience might ﬁt—a place where that experience can be put. Understanding, then, is a matter of making connections, subsuming instances under headings, putting things in the right place.
Scenes of Instruction in Renaissance Romance by Jeff Dolven