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Utopia, carnival, and commonwealth in Renaissance England, Christopher Kendrick

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Utopia, carnival, and commonwealth in Renaissance England
Title
Utopia, carnival, and commonwealth in Renaissance England
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Christopher Kendrick
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"With the emergence of utopia as a cultural genre in the sixteenth century, a dual understanding of alternative societies, as either political or literary, took shape. In Utopia, Carnival, and Commonwealth is Renaissance England, Christopher Kendrick argues that the chief cultural-discursive conditions of this development are to be found in the practice of carnivalesque satire and in the attempt to construct a valid commonwealth ideology. Meanwhile, the enabling social-political condition of the new utopian writing is the existence of a social class of smallholders whose unevenly developed character prevents it from attaining political power equivalent to its social weight." "In a detailed reading of Thomas More's Utopia, Kendrick argues that the uncanny dislocations, the incongruities and blank spots often remarked upon in Book II's description of Utopian society, amount to a way of discovering uneven development, and that the appeal of Utopian communism stems from its answering the desire of the smallholding class (in which are to be numbered European humanists) for unity and power. Subsequent chapters on Rabelais, Nashe, Marlowe, Bacon, Shakespeare, and others show how the utopian form engages with its two chief discursive preconditions, carnival and commonwealth ideologies, while reflecting the history of uneven development and the smallholding class. Utopia, Carnival, and Commonwealth in Renaissance England makes a novel case for the social and cultural significance of Renaissance utopian writing, and of the modern utopia in general."--BOOK JACKET
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1953-
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Kendrick, Christopher
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
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  • More, Thomas
  • More, Thomas
  • Utopia
  • English literature
  • Utopias in literature
  • Politics and literature
  • Politics and literature
  • Satire, English
  • Imaginary societies in literature
  • Carnival in literature
  • Renaissance
Label
Utopia, carnival, and commonwealth in Renaissance England, Christopher Kendrick
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
  • Ch. I.
  • Utopian differences
  • Ch. II.
  • Carnival and utopia
  • Ch. III.
  • Utopia and the commonwealth
  • Ch. IV.
  • Sprung desire and groups in flux : on the politics of the utopian impulse in Marlowe and Shakespeare
  • Ch. V.
  • Flights from the Tudor settlement; or, carnival and commonwealth revised
Control code
l82004304853
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
vi, 382 p.
Isbn
9780802089366
Lccn
2004304853
Other physical details
ill
Label
Utopia, carnival, and commonwealth in Renaissance England, Christopher Kendrick
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
  • Ch. I.
  • Utopian differences
  • Ch. II.
  • Carnival and utopia
  • Ch. III.
  • Utopia and the commonwealth
  • Ch. IV.
  • Sprung desire and groups in flux : on the politics of the utopian impulse in Marlowe and Shakespeare
  • Ch. V.
  • Flights from the Tudor settlement; or, carnival and commonwealth revised
Control code
l82004304853
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
vi, 382 p.
Isbn
9780802089366
Lccn
2004304853
Other physical details
ill

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