By Louise Schleiner
This ebook makes use of ideas from A.-J. Greimas to research Spenser's Shepheardes Calendar as a discourse and as a definitive textual content for the Elizabethan "political unconscious." It finds, besides an evidence of the libidinal and political functioning of the Calender, an "ideologeme" generally observable within the 1580s and 1590s, that of the captive/capturing lady.
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Strategy," an approach "designed to make all texts one, or . . to be forever making the same text," as Augustine did in proposing to read all texts as signifying God's love for mankind; 38 in this case, the repeated metatext comes from linguistic study of certain mechanisms of sentence production, hypothesized to govern, with further elaboration, text production as well. We do not, however, find by applying this model to various texts that they all 'say' the 'same thing'clearly in the discourse analysis here of The Shepheardes Calender (chapter 3) the results are specific to that text: rather we find a particular text's individuated versions of mechanisms whereby, at least in part, it became ready to 'say' whatever and multifarious things it can say for various readers.
Cultural semiotics, Spenser, and the captive woman / Louise Schleiner. cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. -1599CharactersWomen. -1599Political and social views. Women and literature EnglandHistory16th century. Semiotics and literature. Title. Gillespie, supporter of women's careers. And to my other Washington State colleagues, willing to think well of an unusual project. Page 7 Contents Acknowledgments 9 1. Introduction 13 Methodology: A Brief Placement 17 A Recent Object of Pursuit: The Unity of the Calender 27 Colin Clout: Prophetic Pastor or Sickly Dying Lover?
A semiotic poetics would be a field specializing in the most revealing kind of text for all such study of affectivity in the processes of speaking, writing, and textualitynamely those considered literary, artistic, or prophetic; such a poetics may eventually become part of an interdisciplinary meeting ground for a range of diverse studies of systems whereby meaning is generated. Perhaps in a few decades research teams will argue heatedly in French, Italian, German (for linguistically-oriented sociologists such as Jürgen Habermas will presumably get into the act), and other languages, working toward some measure of terminological consensus in this sphere of the fundamental affectivity of sign generation and sign use within human cultures.