The Resource Pretexts of authority : the rhetoric of authorship in the Renaissance preface, Kevin Dunn

Pretexts of authority : the rhetoric of authorship in the Renaissance preface, Kevin Dunn

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Pretexts of authority : the rhetoric of authorship in the Renaissance preface
Title
Pretexts of authority
Title remainder
the rhetoric of authorship in the Renaissance preface
Statement of responsibility
Kevin Dunn
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • Pretexts of Authority describes the Renaissance rhetoric of authorship and authority by examining the textual locus where this rhetoric appears in its most concentrated and complex form - the preface. In the process, it shows how the notion of authorship changed in a shift of systems of authorization during the Renaissance, a shift that coincides with the roots of the modern public sphere and with the change from religion to science and the public good as the intellectual court of appeal for legitimizing authorship
  • The author focuses on prefatory materials to kinds of texts that most fully exemplify the problem of self-authorization during the Renaissance. First, he examines Protestant prefaces, notably Luther's preface to his collected works and Milton's antiprelatical tracts. These works stand at the center of a rhetorical crisis; having abrogated the authority of the Catholic church through an appeal to the conscience of the individual, reformers found it necessary to forge a persona that could authorize their discourse without implying an authorizing will independent of God's. At the same time, these texts must attempt to close off means of authorization to potentially proliferating imitators
  • The second group of prefaces the author examines is to scientific works, notably those of Francis Bacon and Rene Descartes, who faced problems analogous to those of the Protestant reformers in their attempts to set aside Aristotelian authority without seeming to establish a personal authority that interrupts the transparent, impersonal discourse of scientific inquiry. The book argues that in both sets of texts the rhetorical quandary can be resolved only through recourse to the nascent notion of common sense, which allows an author to garner authority from an assumed bond with the audience. Authors no longer need to posit a privileged and suspect relation with the "master texts of Scripture" and the "Book of Nature," but can instead assume the mutual intelligibility of their text. This assumption is seen as the cause of the decline of the full-blown prefatory practice of the Renaissance
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Dunn, Kevin
Index
index present
LC call number
PR428.P67
LC item number
D86 1994
Literary form
non fiction
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  • Luther, Martin
  • English literature
  • English prose literature
  • Prefaces
  • Renaissance
  • Authority in literature
  • Rhetoric, Renaissance
  • Authorship
  • Auteurschap
  • Renaissance
  • Voorwoorden
  • Literatur
  • Vorwort
  • Autor
  • Selbstdarstellung
  • Geschichte 1590-1740
  • Autorschaft
  • Autorität
  • Prosa
  • Rhetorik
  • Geschichte 1500-1650
  • Renaissance
  • Englisch
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Pretexts of authority : the rhetoric of authorship in the Renaissance preface, Kevin Dunn
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [181]-193) and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • An induction into nature's inner courts : empire and institution in Bacon's prefatory method
  • From instauration to restoration : Hobbes, Sprat, Dryden, and the politics of common sense
  • The end of the beginning : the decline of the Renaissance preface
  • Prefatory authority : Renaissance authorship and the extratextual
  • pt. 1.
  • "A member incorporate " : public and private rhetoric in the Protestant preface
  • In search of a public idiom : Pauline authority and Lutheran authorship
  • Humanist individualism and the Puritan polity in Milton's antiprelatical tracts
  • pt. 2.
  • Prefatory method in the new science
  • "A great city is a great solitude" : Descartes's urban pastoral
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xii, 198 pages
Isbn
9780804722841
Lccn
93006279
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)28710495
  • (OCoLC)ocm28710495
Label
Pretexts of authority : the rhetoric of authorship in the Renaissance preface, Kevin Dunn
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [181]-193) 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
Contents
  • An induction into nature's inner courts : empire and institution in Bacon's prefatory method
  • From instauration to restoration : Hobbes, Sprat, Dryden, and the politics of common sense
  • The end of the beginning : the decline of the Renaissance preface
  • Prefatory authority : Renaissance authorship and the extratextual
  • pt. 1.
  • "A member incorporate " : public and private rhetoric in the Protestant preface
  • In search of a public idiom : Pauline authority and Lutheran authorship
  • Humanist individualism and the Puritan polity in Milton's antiprelatical tracts
  • pt. 2.
  • Prefatory method in the new science
  • "A great city is a great solitude" : Descartes's urban pastoral
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xii, 198 pages
Isbn
9780804722841
Lccn
93006279
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)28710495
  • (OCoLC)ocm28710495

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