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Five WordsCritical Semantics in the Age of Shakespeare and Cervantes$
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Roland Greene

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780226000633

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226000770.001.0001

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(p.173) Afterword
Five Words

Roland Greene

University of Chicago Press

During the Renaissance, thinkers, philosophers, and artists were often preoccupied with words as vessels of change. It was because European and transatlantic culture was consistently exposed to the written word that they formed a wealth of ways to imagine and re-imagine the power of words. The author explains his use of critical semantics in this book as a means to approach a world and period of literature that is not reduced to different perspectives located within a literary horizon. By inviting critics to place literature among other kinds of writing and thinking, critical semantics helps in the operation of literary criticism within a wider economy of thought, while at the same time performing the task that criticism itself is intended to perform: to speak of literary representation as a powerful, indispensable factor in culture.

Keywords:   words, transatlantic culture, critical semantics, literary horizon, literary criticism, renaissance, literary representation

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