Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Art of Information Management: English Literature, 1580-1605
by Hoffman, Nicholas D., Ph.D., State University of New York at Buffalo, 2016, 206; 10013556
Abstract (Summary)

“The Art of Information Management” explores the ways that information technologies influence thought and take shape in imaginative works of literature at the turn of the seventeenth century in early modern England, from 1580 to 1605. Imaginative literature becomes a space for articulating the challenges presented by discourses perceived to have been unalterably expanded and amplified through technology, as well for experimenting with strategies to respond to those challenges.

Drawing on studies of early modern Materialism, New Historicism, Literary History, Digital Humanities, and Media Archeology, this project seeks to move the understanding of the role information technologies as agents of change forward by relocating debates concerning technology to the spaces imagined in early modern English literature of the fantastic: Thomas Nashe’s multi-modal London and ocean-sanctuary Yarmouth, Edmund Spenser’s Faery Land, William Shakespeare and Robert Armin’s holiday Kingdom of Illyria, and Samuel Daniel’s pastoral Arcadia. In each imagined space, this project looks at the printing press and beyond to attendant technologies in order to develop a better understand of the period’s relationship to our own.

The works considered here expose a moment of feverish innovation with regard to the rhetorical construction of authenticity, political expression, and right behavior. The first two chapters argue that the writings of Thomas Nashe and Edmund Spenser reflect a heightened sensitivity to the speed and timings associated with technologically-mediated discourse. The final two chapters examine the efforts of William Shakespeare, Robert Armin, and Samuel Daniel, as they sort through the solidifying perception of discourse structures outpacing traditional modes of thought and learning.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Hammill, Graham
Commitee: Bono, Barbara, Mazzio, Carla
School: State University of New York at Buffalo
Department: English
School Location: United States -- New York
Source: DAI-A 77/07(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: British and Irish literature, Theater History, Mass communications
Keywords: Literature, Media, Nashe, Overload, Renaissance, Shakespeare
Publication Number: 10013556
ISBN: 978-1-339-48102-9
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