Greenblatt, Stephen

Greenblatt, Stephen

(1943–  ) literary historian; born in Newton, Mass. After taking both his B.A. and Ph.D. at Yale—with two years on a Fulbright scholarship at Cambridge University, England—he joined the faculty of the University of California: Berkeley (1969). He soon emerged as the most brilliant proponent of a new school of literary historians-critics that uses an interdisciplinary approach to studying texts; this approach came to be known as the "new historicism" because of its emphasis on interpreting literary texts by placing them in often complex historical contexts; he also saw the study of texts as yielding insights into the conflicts that concern current society. Among his most highly regarded works is Shakespearean Negotiations (1988). In 1983 he was also one of the founders of Representations, a journal that advances the "new historicist" approach to cultural criticism.
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Greenblatt, Stephen. Marvelous Possessions: The Wonder of the New World.
Greenblatt, Stephen. Learning to Curse: Essays in Early Modern Culture.
(1) Greenblatt, Stephen. "?Que es la historia literaria?" En: Luis Beltran Almeria y Jose Antonio Escrig (comps.).
Here, Lublin offers a balance to the emphasis of New Historicists (such as Stephen Greenblatt, Stephen Orgel and Peter Stallybrass) on potential sites of resistance, social transformation and radical possibility in Renaissance culture.
Greenblatt, Stephen. "Learning to Curse: Aspects of Linguistic Colonialism in the Sixteenth Century." First Images of America: The Impact of the New World on the Old.
Greenblatt, Stephen. "Invisible Bullets: Renaissance Authority and Its Subversion." In Political Shakespeare, ed.
Greenblatt, Stephen. Shakespearean Negotiations: The Circulation of Social Energy in Renaissance England.
Greenblatt, Stephen. "Sidney's Arcadia and the Mixed Mode." In Essential Articles for the Study of Sir Philip Sidney, ed.
Greenblatt, Stephen, Shakespearean Negotiations: The Circulation of Social Energy in Renaissance England.