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Poetry in a World of Things: Aesthetics and Empiricism in Renaissance Ekphrasis

Rachel Eisendrath


We have become used to looking at art from a stance of detachment. In order to be objective, we create a “mental space” between ourselves and the objects of our investigation, separating internal and external worlds. This detachment dates back to the early modern period, when researchers in a wide variety of fields tried to describe material objects as “things in themselves”—things, that is, without the admixture of imagination. Generations of scholars have heralded this shift as the Renaissance “discovery” of the observable world. This book explores how poetry responded to this new detachment ... More

Keywords: Francesco Petrarch, Edmund Spenser, Christopher Marlowe, William Shakespeare, aesthetics, empiricism, objectivity, ekphrasis, subjectivity, things

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780226516585
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226516752.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rachel Eisendrath, author
Columbia University