Professing the Renaissance: The Poetics and Politics of Culture Type: Chapter; Author(s): Louis Montrose; Date: ; Page start: ; Page end: ; Web. Louis Adrian Montrose is an American literary theorist and academic scholar. His scholarship has addressed a wide variety of literary, historical, and theoretical topics and issues, and has significantly shaped contemporary studies of Renaissance poetics, English Renaissance theatre, Louis Montrose’s Homepage · Professing the Renaissance · Miriam Chen’s. Professing the Renaissance: The Poetics and Politics of Culture. Louis A. Montrose. There has recently emerged within Renaissance studies, as in Anglo- Ameri.

Author: Meztik Gaktilar
Country: Guadeloupe
Language: English (Spanish)
Genre: Business
Published (Last): 3 October 2008
Pages: 355
PDF File Size: 11.15 Mb
ePub File Size: 15.85 Mb
ISBN: 638-9-82483-331-4
Downloads: 14285
Price: Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]
Uploader: Fezragore

The Poetics and Politics of Culture. While this thesis in itself is not an actual New Historicist analysis but rather a reflection on the practice of the New Historicism, it shall start with an anecdote nonetheless. The Mirror and the Lamp: While I was on Erasmus in Cardiff during the second te of this academic year, I was always welcome in his office with any questions and he never ceased profexsing be friendly and helpful, even if he had little time. For one, it shows that despite the claims of the New Historicists of the heterogeneity of the practice, there can at least be said to be a shared methodology amongst its practitioners.

Louis Montrose – Wikipedia

Although this is supposed to be a conclusion, I believe it would be wrong to make definite statements about the status of the New Historicism.

Prodessing be fair, the distinction is not that easily made: The Renaissance text can give us a deeper insight in our modern culture, i.

However, although being very broadly specified, the third and first characteristics resonate an idea that can be found in about all the other introductions as well: Greenblatt, Stephen and G. The constructions of the past are presumed as intimately tied to the present.

In what follows, the focus will turn to M. Yet, what is a monhrose framework without a practice? While it issues an antitheoretical stance against literary theory, it does so by using literary theory to make its point, proving its necessity whilst trying to undo it. According to Hens-Piazzathe text and the cultural practices that lead to it has to be seen in materialistic terms Veeser and Dollimore employ a similar terminology: Text and reality are indistinguishable for the New Historicism: Nevertheless, the four tenets founded a basis for further work in exploration of the poetics of the New Historicism.


Oxford University Press, How does the New Historicism approach these aspects: Though this thesis refers to the New Historicism as a reading practice or method rather than a theory, there is at least a shared theoretically based methodology: That is to say that there is no study or survey that has collected a vast set of ideas, poetics, which define the practice that we today call the New Historicism. Romantic Theory and the Critical Tradition.

The conclusion from this thesis could be that there is, at least through this one case study of Louis Montrose, a noticeable difference between theory and practice. Unfortunately, there is little evidence from the other texts discussed here to renaissancee that assumption to its full extent.

Humanized, the past lives, moves and has its being again but differently — on a higher level — in the present. This is however only a very first exploration in the poetics of the New Historicism. Viewing literature as on par with other types of texts, the privileging of literature or its composition over and above other social practices is rejected.

The possibilities for action are always socially and historically situated, always limited and limiting. Skip to main content. However, what does this tell us about the New Historicism?

Louis Montrose | Literary Theory and Criticism

Though there is thus not much said about the author, one passage from Montrose a: Explorations in Literature and History. The diachronic aspect is more difficult to discern because the distinction between what is considered history and what culture is not renaissqnce.

This is, however, a task for those to follow; the length of this thesis does not allow for such an extensive research. While the text is, synchronically speaking, an ideological product, what is it in diachronic terms? renaissancw

Neither is this the case in his b or his texts: Characteristic distinctions between literature and history are sidelined. We have a redefinition of literature in the sense that is becomes part of social history, rather than profeasing history. Some renaiszance use a literary text to map power relations in a society. Nevertheless, collective structures may enable as well as constrain individual agency; and they may be potentially enabling precisely when they are experienced by the subject as multiple, heterogeneous, and even contradictory in their imperatives.


This creates a historical and ideological distance that needs to be observed, which causes the author to be a historical and social construction both of his own time and that of the observer. The framework that resulted from this was, however, a derision from several critical introductions to the New Historicism, and thus only a theoretical one. Briefly and too simply characterized, its collective project is to resituate canonical literary texts among the multiple forms of writing, and in relation to the non-discursive practices and institutions, of the social formation in which those texts have been profesxing, at the same time, recognizing that this project of historical resituation is necessarily the textual construction of critics who are themselves historical subjects.

She assumes the following tenets: Then over some time, after some discussions and lunches, we realised what it was, and we identified the missing piece. The label of New Historicism will sound familiar to most students of literature. This was written over 14 years ago and as montrpse today we still lack this operational definition. This would not have been possible without his help and I am very grateful for it.

Louis Montrose

When concerned with the diachronic aspect of the relation between text renaissxnce reality, it becomes a question of historical distance: If in an initial stage the shared methodology would already prove to be inconsistent, the conclusion must have been that either closer study was needed or that it is not possible to speak of a shared framework within the New Historicism.

Hens-Piazza illustrates how the problem of defining the New Renaissanec is rooted in the work of the very founding practitioners of the movement itself: It was an amazing experience from which I learned a lot, and prof.

Levinson, Marjorie, et al. Johns Hopkins University Press, b.