Marvelous Possessions: The Wonder of the New World Stephen Greenblatt, ” Learning to Curse: Aspects of Linguistic Colonialism in the Sixteenth Century,” in . Marvelous possessions: the wonder of the New World Stephen Greenblatt, ” Learning to Curse: Aspects of Linguistic Colonialism in the Sixteenth Century,” in . by. Stephen Greenblatt. · Rating details · ratings · 14 reviews. Marvelous Possessions is a study of the ways in which Europeans of the late Middle Ages.

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Open Preview See a Problem? About Contact News Giving to the Press. Published October 15th by University of Chicago Press first published In a series of innovative readings of travel narratives, judicial documents, and official reports, Stephen Greenblatt shows that the experience of the marvelous, central to both art and philosophy, was cunningly yoked by Columbus and others to the service of colonial appropriation.

Liberal humanism discards people along with languages. The legacy of the Wild Man acted powerfully as a “rehearsal” for the encounter in the new world. Greenblatt is regarded by many as one of the founders of Breenblatt Historicism, a set of critical practices that he often refers to as “cultural poetics”; his works have been influential since the early s when he introduced the term.

How and why did they attempt to carry out formal acts of possession or conversion for people who had psosessions idea what was being said? The larger point that Greenblatt is making – Medieval and Renaissance Europe was conceptually unable to grasp the value of diversity, and this tendency was made even worse by the Enlightenment Liberalism to come.


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Marvelous Possessions: The Wonder of the New World

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. It’s fascinating to compare something like this with the very crude approach of Howard Zinn, who tackles some of the same texts. Examining European literary texts from the late 16thC, Greenblatt uncovers an imperialism that is linguistic in nature. Unfinished, and not that sorry about it.

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Apr 16, haetmonger added it. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and in Vermont. Discoveries and Exploration European History. Greenblatt has written and edited numerous books and articles relevant to new historicism, the study of culture, Renaissance studies and Shakespeare studies and is considered to be an expert in these fields. The book reaches back to the ancient Greeks and forward to the present to ask how it is possible, in a time of disorientation, hatred of the other, and possessiveness, to keep the capacity for wonder from being poisoned?

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May 28, Robert rated it it was amazing. Aug 03, Naeem rated it really liked it. Outside the USA, see our international sales information. He argues that the traditional symbolic actions and legal rituals through which European sovereignty was asserted were strained to breaking-point by the unprecedented nature of the discovery of the New World.


Even the Requerimiento becomes more intelligible in this light. And you can also check out an interesting interview with Stephen Greenblatt from in which a journalist recounts a trip driving with Greenblatt along Interstate 91 from Cambridge to New Haven.

I have no reason to believe that the research is flawed in any way, but I gave up on the presentation very quickly. Stephen Greenblatt, “Learning to Curse: The author draws elegant parallels and comparisons, and powerfully and directly communicates their points. Apr 25, Lars Weise rated it really liked it.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. But the book also shows that the experience of the marvelous is not necessarily an agent of empire: Choose your country or region Close.

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Greenblatt’s argument is that most of the early world transactions were motivated by complicated desires of grfenblatt, rather than the typical disparaging white-man greed usually attributed to them. Humanism and Empire Alexander Lee.

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