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An aide-de-camp of Napoleon. Memoirs of General Count de by Philippe Paul de Segur

By Philippe Paul de Segur

Rev. through his grandson, count number Louis de Ségur. Tr. by way of H. A. Patchett-Martin.

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54 Though he was a king, as an author James VI and I was no exception. ’55 Even in the case of A Counterblast to Tobacco James seemed less than confident about the reception of his work. 56 For all his deployment of authorial devices for control of interpretation, of the imaginary of the reader, and for all his investment in his writings as acts of authority, James was right to suspect and fear the independence of readers. 57 And James’s words were read differently by his contemporaries and seventeenth-century commentators after his death.

This book was intended to open up new critical/historical agendas and further the study of James’s writings. 9 Both critics and historians have missed a rich opportunity. As I discovered while teaching a graduate class, interdisciplinary address to royal writings opens myriad insights into the central issues of historiographical and critical till debate: questions of authorship and authority; representation and power; the receptions and appropriations of texts; the politics of genres and material forms; the ambiguities and contradictions inherent in acts of speaking and writing – and ruling; and the negotiations with readers and subjects inherent in both authorial and regal performances.

Here the striking and brilliant exception was Jonathan Goldberg. In James I and the Politics of READING JAMES WRITING 33 Literature, Goldberg combined New Historicist interest in authority with an older historicizing, and traditional close reading with deconstructive criticism, to explore representations not just of the king’s authority but as the king’s authority. Goldberg studied not merely James’s ideas on kingship but his means of articulating his power. This book was intended to open up new critical/historical agendas and further the study of James’s writings.

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