The Resource Jonsonian discriminations : the humanist poet and the praise of true nobility, Michael McCanles

Jonsonian discriminations : the humanist poet and the praise of true nobility, Michael McCanles

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Jonsonian discriminations : the humanist poet and the praise of true nobility
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Jonsonian discriminations
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the humanist poet and the praise of true nobility
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Michael McCanles
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eng
Summary
At the heart of all Ben Jonson's nondramatic poetry, argues Michael McCanles, lies the concept of true nobility. Jonson sought to transform the inherited aristocracy of England into an aristocracy of humanist virtue in which he could claim a place through his achievement of true nobility by the merits of his own intellectual labours. In this survey of all Jonson's non-dramatic poetry, McCanles identifies a range of dialectical and contrastive forms through which this concern was rendered poetically. He analyses the contrastive forms in discussions of Jonson's prosody, his use of homonymy and synonymy, and of metaphor. He coins the term 'contrastivity' to encompass the play of semantic choices directed by Jonson's use of suprasegmentals at the local level of poetic technique, and the reader's process of reading wherein he or she confirms the validity of a poem's statements by recreating the process of selection/rejection that went into its creation. Thematically, McCanles suggests that the vera nobilitas argument is in fact four distinct arguments in various ways mutually contradictory, collectively both supporting and subverting aristocratic and monarchical hierarchies. Thus he finds Jonson constrained to employ this argument in addressing aristocratic friends, patrons, and the monarch himself, with careful diplomacy in order to negate the subversive dimensions of his own advice and praise. Employing the resources generated by the theoretical analysis of contrastivity in the first chapter, McCanles demonstrates the considerable complexity of Jonson's poetry, generally underestimated in current scholarship
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McCanles, Michael
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index present
LC call number
PR2642.P63
LC item number
M38 1992
Literary form
non fiction
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  • Jonson, Ben
  • Jonson, Ben
  • Jonson, Ben
  • Jonson, Ben
  • Laudatory poetry, English
  • Nobility of character in literature
  • English poetry
  • Aristocracy (Social class) in literature
  • Ethics in literature
  • Humanists
  • Noblesse de caractère
  • Aristocracy (Social class) in literature
  • Criticism and interpretation
  • English poetry
  • Ethics in literature
  • Humanists
  • Intellectual life
  • Laudatory poetry, English
  • Nobility of character in literature
  • England
  • England
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Jonsonian discriminations : the humanist poet and the praise of true nobility, Michael McCanles
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [273]-290) and index
Contents
The poetics of discrimination -- Jonson and "Vera Nobilitas" -- Signs of nobility and the nobility of signs -- "Vera Nobilitas" as a theory of epideictic rhetoric -- Jonson at court
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
306 p.
Isbn
9780802059550
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
92164273
System control number
  • (OCoLC)26312535
  • (OCoLC)ocm26312535
Label
Jonsonian discriminations : the humanist poet and the praise of true nobility, Michael McCanles
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [273]-290) and index
Contents
The poetics of discrimination -- Jonson and "Vera Nobilitas" -- Signs of nobility and the nobility of signs -- "Vera Nobilitas" as a theory of epideictic rhetoric -- Jonson at court
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
306 p.
Isbn
9780802059550
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
92164273
System control number
  • (OCoLC)26312535
  • (OCoLC)ocm26312535

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