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496 Pages | 36 Illustrations

9.2 x 6.1 inches

ISBN: 9780198714163

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Authorial Personality and the Making of Renaissance Texts

The Force of Character

Douglas S. Pfeiffer

  • Combines the history of literary theory with traditional philology and history of the book to show the now-common practice of reading texts for the person of the writer to be a Renaissance invention and thus earlier than previously thought
  • Revisits the Renaissance development of character to show how the term and concept encompassed not only the dramatis personae within fictions but also what the reader partly discovered and partly invented for the purpose of textual interpretation
  • Discovers a distinctly interpretive valence of early modern life writing
  • Examines the vital role of conjecture in the biographical interpretation of texts prior to the Enlightenment-era narrowing of the terms for historical inquiry to the binary of truth or fiction, fact or fable, thereby recovering the intrinsic importance of speculation and pseudo-fiction to a series of early modern discourses: textual editing, hermeneutics, and the writing of literary history