Renaissance Personhood: Materiality, Taxonomy, Process (Paperback)

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By Kevin Curran (Editor)
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Explores the history and theory of personhood in the Renaissance period

  • Offers the first sustained study of the history and theory of personhood in the Renaissance period
  • Provides a study of personhood from a materialist perspective
  • Models new way of entering posthumanist critique - animal studies, ecocriticism, and food studies - into conversation with legal theory, cultural history, and literary studies

Unfolding as a series of materially oriented studies ranging from chairs, machines and doors to trees, animals and food, this book retells the story of Renaissance personhood as one of material relations and embodied experience, rather than of emergent notions of individuality and freedom. The book assembles an international team of leading scholars to formulate a new account of personhood in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, one that starts with the objects, environments and physical processes that made personhood legible.

About the Author

Kevin Curran is Professor of Early Modern Literature at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland and editor of the book series "Edinburgh Critical Studies in Shakespeare and Philosophy." He is the author of Shakespeare's Legal Ecologies: Law and Distributed Selfhood (Northwestern, 2017) and Marriage, Performance, and Politics at the Jacobean Court (Ashgate, 2009).
Product Details
ISBN: 9781474448093
ISBN-10: 1474448097
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Publication Date: December 14th, 2021
Pages: 248
Language: English