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Open Subjects: English Renaissance Republicans, Modern Selfhoods and the Virtue of Vulnerability

James Kuzner


Studies of the republican legacy have proliferated in recent years, always to argue for a polity that cultivates the virtues, protections, and entitlements which foster the self's ability to simulate an invulnerable existence. This study of writing by Spenser, Shakespeare, Marvell, and Milton presents a genealogy for the modern self in which its republican origins can be understood far more radically. The author analyses Renaissance literary texts in the context of classical, early modern, and contemporary political thought to add to how we think about selfhood in the present. The book also of ... More

Keywords: Spenser, Shakespeare, Marvell, Milton, political thought, friendship, public sphere

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780748642533
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748642533.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James Kuzner, author