Reading Renaissance Ethics

Routledge, 2007

Bringing together some of the best current practitioners of historical and formal criticism, Reading Renaissance Ethics assesses the ethical performance of renaissance texts as historical agents in their time and in ours. Exploring the nature and mechanics of cultural agency, the book explains with greater clarity just what is at stake when canon-formation, aesthetic evaluation and curricular reform and revised. Grossman writes the introduction, a chapter titled "Textual ethics: reading transference in Samson Agonistes," and co-writes, with Sharon Achinstein, a chapter titled "Ethics or politics?: an exchange passing through the Areopagitica." Department Professor of English Theodore Leinwand writes the afterword.