Humanism and Style

Essays on Erasmus and More


Clarence Miller's Humanism and Style: Essays on Erasmus and More provides an illuminating and circumstantial engagement with the important works of two great humanists, especially their masterpieces, The Praise of Folly and Utopia. He shows how they were deeply influenced by the very medieval world that they rejected as they were seeking to recover vital connections to the classics and the church fathers. Miller's essays cover a complex terrain that includes the rhetorical functions of stylistic shifts, the deployment of proverbial wisdom, engagement with ancient texts in an early modern setting, and the challenges of maintaining a stance of faith in a world always muddied in its history. These essays disclose a sensibility in the work of Erasmus and More that is already attuned to many insights that have emerged with contemporary literary theory.
  • Lehigh University Press; May 2011
  • ISBN 9781611460070
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  • Title: Humanism and Style
  • Author: Clarence H. Miller
  • Imprint: Lehigh University Press

About The Author

Clarence H. Miller was the Dorothy Orthwein Professor in the English Department at St. Louis University from 1969 until his retirement in 2000. He was also a visiting professor at the Universities of WYerzburg, Bochum, and Yale. He was the Executive Editor of the Yale Edition of the Complete Works of St. Thomas More from 1978 until its completion in l997. He published definitive Latin editions and translations of Erasmus' The Praise of Folly and More's Utopia. Jerry Harp is the author of three books of poems and two scholarly works: Constant Motion: Ongian Hermeneutics and the Shifting Ground of Early Modern Understanding and For Us, What Music? The Life and Poetry of Donald Justice. He teaches at Lewis & Clark College.