Cover

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pp. 1-1

Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. 2-7

Contents

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pp. 8-9

Illustrations

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pp. 10-11

Acknowledgments

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pp. 12-15

Introduction

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pp. 16-21

1. Conversions: Around Tintoretto

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pp. 22-45

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2. Turning Toward the World: Lucretius, in Theory

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pp. 31-62

‘‘Perhaps one day, this century will be known as Deleuzian’’: Michel Foucault’s extravagant gesture in the opening paragraph of his 1970 essay ‘‘Theatrum Philosophicum’’ (ostensibly a review of two books by Deleuze, Difference and Repetition and The Logic of Sense), is perhaps the bestremembered utterance in that piece.1 In the pages...

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3. Spenserian Askesis: The 1590 Faerie Queene

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pp. 63-121

‘‘The generall end therefore of all the booke is to fashion a gentleman or noble person in vertuous and gentle discipline’’ (15).1 Thanks to Stephen Greenblatt’s ‘‘To Fashion a Gentleman: Spenser and the Destruction of the Bower of Bliss,’’ chapter 4 in Renaissance Self-Fashioning, this sentence from the letter addressed to Sir Walter Ralegh...

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4. Margaret Cavendish and Lucy Hutchinson: Writing Matter

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pp. 122-178

Margaret Cavendish and Lucy Hutchinson have been linked before, as David Norbrook indicates in an essay joining and commending them as ‘‘both in different sense rebels who pushed at the limits of the conventional thought of their day’’; for him, one crucial site for this conjunction lies in the fact that ‘‘both wrote verse based on Epicurean atomism.’’1 The pages that follow certainly...

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5. Milton’s Angels

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pp. 179-209

Milton’s materialism has been a well-studied phenomenon for the past seventy years or more. Its consequences for a series of heretical beliefs is perhaps what has been discussed most widely: Milton’s disbelief in the Trinity, his denial of the immortality of the soul, his refusal of the ontological difference between spirit and matter. In the...

Notes

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pp. 211-245

Works Cited

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pp. 247-262

Index

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pp. 263-267

Photo Insert

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