The Resource Labyrinth of desire : invention and culture in the work of Sir Philip Sidney, William Craft

Labyrinth of desire : invention and culture in the work of Sir Philip Sidney, William Craft

Label
Labyrinth of desire : invention and culture in the work of Sir Philip Sidney
Title
Labyrinth of desire
Title remainder
invention and culture in the work of Sir Philip Sidney
Statement of responsibility
William Craft
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In Labyrinth of Desire, William Craft argues that Sir Philip Sidney's work reveals the limits of Tudor cultural codes invented to manage political and erotic experience, even as that work leads readers to see invention as a necessary and constant human act. Sidney's friend Fulke Greville saw in his fiction "directing threads" to guide readers out of the "labyrinth of desire," enabling them to escape the instability of experience. Modern readings of Sidney generally either endorse Greville's judgment, defining a poet who transcends through art the conflicts of public virtue and private desire, or they reverse it, presenting a Sidney trapped by cultural demands and expectations he could neither abandon nor reform. But Craft makes Greville's labyrinth a metaphor for a Tudor humanist culture both constraining and liberating, a culture whose very limitations helped provoke in Sidney a revised understanding of human nature and human work. What Sidney's fiction imitates is not the classical and Petrarchan paradigms of justice and love so dear to his own courtly class but rather the shifting patterns of experience in which the partiality of these cultural constructs is revealed. Craft finds Sidney's Elizabethan culture neither an obstacle surmounted by his art nor a self-contained system organizing and defeating all challenges to its authority. In ways that Craft shows to be parallel to the written work of Luther and Montaigne, Sidney developed within that culture a Protestant and skeptical humanist vision of invention as an act provoked by the unfinished status of the world and of the self. As such, invention becomes work undertaken in imitation of the ongoing creation of nature and God. This invention is a labor of human wit "lifted up" in consciousness and mimetic power but not lifted out of the cultural labyrinth of desire
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1951-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Craft, William
Index
index present
LC call number
PR2343
LC item number
.C73 1994
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Sidney, Philip
  • Sidney, Philip <1554-1586> - Critique et interprétation
  • Sidney, Philip
  • Sidney, Philip
  • Sidney, Philip
  • Literature and society
  • Invention (Rhetoric)
  • Desire in literature
  • Cultuur
  • Désir
  • Fictionaliteit
  • Desire in literature
  • Invention (Rhetoric)
  • Literature and society
  • Fictionaliteit
  • Cultuur
  • Désir
  • Mimesis
  • Kultur
  • England
Label
Labyrinth of desire : invention and culture in the work of Sir Philip Sidney, William Craft
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 151-158) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiii, 163 pages
Isbn
9780874135220
Lccn
93039886
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)29024572
  • (OCoLC)ocm29024572
Label
Labyrinth of desire : invention and culture in the work of Sir Philip Sidney, William Craft
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 151-158) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiii, 163 pages
Isbn
9780874135220
Lccn
93039886
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)29024572
  • (OCoLC)ocm29024572

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