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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Jul 26, H Wesselius rated it it was amazing.
Marvelous Possexsions is not only a collection of the odd and exotic through which Stephen Greenblatt powerfully conveys a sense marvdlous the marvelous, but also a highly original extension of his thinking on a subject that has occupied him throughout his career.
Academic Skip to main content. It’s fascinating to compare something like this with the very crude approach of Howard Zinn, who greebblatt some of the same texts. Stephen Selbst rated it really liked it Feb 17, Writing of speeches delivered by native peoples, Europeans cast the speech in familiar terms — putting words in their mouths that they would never have spoken.
Apr 21, Daniel Morgan rated it liked it Shelves: Stephen Greenblatt, “Learning to Curse: Alyson Steele rated it liked it Oct 08, The Gateway to the Pacific Meredith Oda. Nov 18, Haris rated it it was ok. This is Greenblatt’s reading of, and response to, Todorov’s Conquest of America.
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A tremendously good book, with a slightly different interpretation than Todorov’s. Great read of the Columbus travel diaries and marveous initial linguistic encounter between Europeans and Native Peoples.
Zoe rated it liked it Mar 13, Even so, while I think the significance of some parts went completely over my head, I still really enjoyed both the subject and the writing. Liberal humanism discards people along with languages. He argues that the traditional symbolic actions and legal rituals through which European sovereignty was asserted were strained to the breaking point by the unprecedented nature of the discovery of the New World.
Linda Nolan rated it it was amazing Mar 11, Marvelous Possessions examines the ways in which Europeans of the late Middle Ages and early modern opssessions represented non-European peoples Published October 15th by University of Chicago Press first published Twitter Facebook Youtube Tumblr. Chris rated it really liked it Apr 23, List of Illustrations 1.
I have no reason to believe that the research is flawed in any way, but I gave up on the presentation very quickly.
Marvelous Possessions: The Wonder of the New World
Reading Greenblatt felt like coming home. Analyzing cultural symbols, Greenblatt discovers that “to a ruling class obsessed with the symbo Stephen Greenblatt, “Learning to Curse: For more information, or to order this book, please visit https: The subject matter, the conquest of the Americas, is inherently challenging, being so charged with political significance, but Greenblatt steers a careful course, focusing on the textual analysis, but giving the thorny political problems their just due.
Greenblatt challenges some of Todorov’s conclusions, but affirms and expands on his method. Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford.
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 greehblatt, and possessiveness, to keep the capacity for wonder from being poisoned? Tim rated it it was ok Jun 05, Aug 03, Naeem rated it really liked it. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Oct 14, Wendy rated it it was amazing Shelves: Outside the USA, see our international sales information.
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No Real Barrier to Speech Yet, once the natives gained the gift of marevlous it was thoroughly European that they obtained. Aug 09, Ranald rated it liked it Recommends it for: Like the explorers he describes, Grreenblatt imagination is large, but it seems that in his recognition of a creation of a colonial self, he ignores some larger issues of emergent and submerging psychological selves that possessiona to be considered.
Marvelous Possessions is a study of the ways in which Europeans of the late Middle Ages and the early modern period represented non-European peoples and took possession of their lands, in particular the New World.
Where Greenblatt is helpful is in looking at the specific language of the narratives he analyzes and finding an archety Greenblatt’s argument is that most of the early world transactions were motivated by complicated desires ;ossessions wonder, rather than the typical disparaging white-man greed usually attributed to them.
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. Evgenia rated it it was amazing Jan 19, Marvelous Possession is not only a collection of the odd and exotic through which Stephen Greenblatt powerfully conveys a sense of the marvelous, but also a highly original extension of his thinking on a subject that has occupied marevlous throughout his career.