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The Anne Lake Prescott Graduate Paper Prizewinner 2018
by Jeffrey B. Griswold

The False Florimell and Nonhuman Consent 

                                              This paper is derived from my dissertation, ‘The Political Animal: Early Modern Literature and Human Exceptionalism’, which argues for the importance of species difference to the political thought of the English Renaissance. Early modern poets, dramatists, and philosophers used Aristotle’s claim that humans are the ‘political animal’ to frame a novel kind of human exceptionalism. Whereas Aristotle grounds our communal nature in the human powers of language, reason, and justice, early modern thinkers depart from the Politics, defining human community through our deficiencies. Read more…

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Jeffrey B. Griswold, "The Anne Lake Prescott Graduate Paper Prizewinner 2018," Spenser Review (Winter 2019). Accessed February 19th, 2019.
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