Pretexts of Authority: The Rhetoric of Authorship in the Renaissance Preface

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Stanford University Press, 1994 - 198 Seiten
To study changing notions of authorship, and of the relation between author and audience in the Renaissance, the author focuses on the interface between text itself, audience, and the preface. He shows that in the preface complex questions about an individual's relations to the public sphere were (indeed, still are) worked out. Instead of disparaging the individuality of the author however, he argues that the shift between systems of authorization in the Renaissance enabled the preface - indeed, authorship itself - to emerge as a mode of self-authorization.

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Renaissance Authorship and
1
Public and Private Rhetoric
17
Pauline Authority
27
Humanist Individualism and the Puritan Polity
51
Prefatory Method in the New Science
79
Empire
102
Hobbes Sprat
124
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147
Notes
157
Bibliography
181
Index
195
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Kevin Dunn is Associate Professor of English at Yale University.

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