Labors of Innocence in Early Modern England (Hardcover)

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"Labors of Innocence is an outstanding contribution to early modern studies: strikingly original in its rethinking of key issues in intellectual history, rich in its implications for reconsidering major literary texts of the period, and persuasive in its insistence that there is a far more coherent seventeenth century than traditional definitions that split it have insisted. The virtues of the book are legion: its power of argument, clarity, and importance of subject, its honest engagement with scholarship across relevant disciplines, its care and generosity in dealing with the work of others. The work is complex and creative, the scholarship impeccable, the writing a joy."---J. Paul Hunter, University of Virginia

"Joanna Picciotto's Labors of Innocence in Early Modern England is a splendid study of the origins, devlopment, and eventual decline of the Experimentalist tradition in seventeenth-and early eighteenth-century English letters. In tracing out the arc of this intellectual and professional trajectory, Picciotto engages productively with the crucial religious, socio-economic, philosophical, and literary movements associated with the ongoing labors of the `innocent eye'".---Eileen Reeves, Princetion University

"Labors of Innocence is itself an example of what it is about: a field of vision awash with insights. The book is spectacular in its reach, searching in its observations, convincing in its arguments, compelling in its conclusions. The penultimate chapter on Milton presents critical exegesis at its loftiest---and its very best. It shows the poet participating fully in the process by which fallen vision is expanded as sight is refined into insight and insight incites action. Professor Picciotto follows Milton in transforming a howling wilderness into a paradise of the imagination. This is the most important contribution to Milton studies in years."---Joseph Wittreich, The Graduate Center of the City University of New York


Publisher Harvard Univ Pr
Mfg Part# 9780674049062
SKU 212574012
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0674049063
Release Date 6/1/2010
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Book Format Hardcover
Number of Pages 0863
Publisher Harvard University Press
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