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“As a founder of the ‘new historicism’, Stephen Greenblatt has done more than establish a critical school; he has invented a habit of mind for literary criticism, which is indispensable to the temperament of our times, and crucial to the culture of the past. This admirable anthology represents the subtle play of pleasure and instruction, embodied in writings that move effortlessly between wonder and wisdom.” Homi K. Bhabha, Harvard University

“What a tribute to a long and distinguished career.”"For three decades Stephen Greenblatt has been the most articulate, thoughtful, and daring voice in early modern studies. The breadth of his reading is vast, the connections he makes are unexpected and often revelatory, and his writing is, quite simply, brilliant. Most of all, his willingness to take chances has made him an exciting and uniquely provocative critic. It is wonderful to have these classic essays in a single collection; and especially to have the most ephemeral of the pieces, the exquisite meditations on his visits to China and Laos, easily available. This is a beautifully conceived, indispensable volume." Stephen Orgel, Stanford University

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Stephen Greenblatt is one of the most influential practitioners of new historicism. This Reader makes available in one volume Greenblatt's most important writings on culture, Renaissance studies, and Shakespeare. It also features occasional pieces on subjects as diverse as story-telling and miracles, demonstrating the range of his cultural interests. Taken together, the texts collected here dispel the idea that new historicism is antithetical to literary and aesthetic value.

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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Great Introduction to Greenblatt July 14 2006
By Cullowheean002 - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is the place to start if you're unfamiliar with Greenblatt (and perhaps even with New Historicism in general, although the book "Practicing New Historicism" is also very good, but the Greenblatt essays can also be found in here). All of the important essays that laid the groundwork for New Historicism are found here plus many that touch on autobiographical and non-literary topics (these are admittedly pretty hit-or-miss though, honestly). Greenblatt and his New Historicism (or, as he refers to his theoretical approach, "Cultural Poetics") is a rich (if flawed) approach that has opened many new doorways of study and work in literature (and even other fields of the humanities). Greenblatt is a great synthesist (he readily admits the many, disparate sources from which he draws inspiration) and in the top ranks of theotricians. But, even without consideration of the theoretical underpinnings of his work, Greenblatt is a great essayist and a good thinker, and a better writer than 99% of academics out there, so that even if you are not won over by his approach, there is still a benefit to attempting his work. Anyone interested in modern theory and/or literary theory should without a doubt look into this work, and even if you aren't, it is still worth investigating.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Excellent book!! Nov. 17 2012
By May - Published on
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This includes the most important essays written by Stephan Greenblatt (the founder of New Historicism )
The variety of topics studied by Greenblatt is rich (New Historicists study literature,paintings,music ,architecture..etc in a very intriguing and revolutionary way)
If you want to understand what New Historicists do ,read the book it is excellent!
One of the most valuable pices in the book is the introduction which outlines the main characteristics of New Historicism
After you read this and you want to learn more about NH ,get Practicing New Historicism and The New Historicism Reader