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Author Crane, Mary Thomas, 1956-

Title Framing authority : sayings, self, and society in sixteenth-century England / Mary Thomas Crane
Published Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, [1993]
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Description 1 online resource (x, 281 pages)
Series Princeton legacy library
Princeton legacy library.
Summary Writers in sixteenth-century England often kept commonplace books in which to jot down notable fragments encountered during reading or conversation, but few critics have fully appreciated the formative influence this activity had on humanism. Focusing on the discursive practices of "gathering" textual fragments and "framing" or forming, arranging, and assimilating them, Mary Crane shows how keeping commonplace books made up the English humanists' central transaction with antiquity and provided an influential model for authorial practice and authoritative self-fashioning. She thereby revises our perceptions of English humanism, revealing its emphasis on sayings, collectivism, shared resources, anonymous inscription, and balance of power - in contrast to an aristocratic mode of thought, which championed individualism, imperialism, and strong assertion of authorial voice. Crane first explores the theory of gathering and framing as articulated in influential sixteenth-century logic and rhetoric texts and in the pedagogical theory with which they were linked in the humanist project. She then investigates the practice of humanist discourse through a series of texts that exemplify the notebook method of composition. These texts include school curricula, political and economic treatises (such as More's Utopia), contemporary biography, and collections of epigrams and poetic miscellanies
Analysis English literature History, 1558-1702
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 201-263) and index
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Subject Authority in literature.
Commonplace books -- History.
English language -- Early modern, 1500-1700 -- Rhetoric.
English literature -- Classical influences.
English literature -- Early modern, 1500-1700 -- History and criticism -- Theory, etc.
Frame-stories -- History and criticism.
Humanists -- England.
Literature and society -- England -- History -- 16th century.
Self in literature.
England -- Intellectual life -- 16th century.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0691069476 (acid-free paper)
1400863317 (e-book)
9780691069470 (acid-free paper)
9781400863310 (e-book)