Narrative and Meaning in Early Modern England


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List of illustrations; Acknowledgements; Introduction: narrationalities; 1. Shakespeare's Othello and Vesalius's Fabrica: anatomy, gender and the narrative production of meaning; 2. (Dis)embodied letters and The Merchant of Venice: writing, editing, history; 3. Political maps: the production of cartography in early modern England; 4. Possessing the New World: historicism and the story of the anecdote; 5. Browne's skull; Notes; Bibliography; Index.

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This 1997 study explores the relationship between narrative and the production of meaning across a range of Renaissance discourses.


"The volume will be most productive for those already conversant with the nuances of theoretical problematizing." C. Baker, Choice "Howard Marchitello undertakes valuable work. He accomplishes his goals with great success." Bibliotheque d'Humanisme et Renaissance "Howard Marchitello's Narrative and Meaning in Early Modern England offers a valuable series of deconstructive readings on topics that have beccome significant to Renaissance studies in recent years: the materiality of texts, cartography, anatomy,historiograghy, and status of the historical artifact." Gretchen Schultz South Centeral Review

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