Clarence Miller's Humanism and Style: Essays on Erasmus and Thomas More provides an illuminating and circumstantial engagement with the works of two great humanists. 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.
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 Wuerzburg, Bochum, and Yale. 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.
Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 1. Styles and Mixed Genres in Erasmus's The Praise of Folly Chapter 3 2. Some Medieval Elements and Structural Unity in Erasmus's The Praise of Folly Chapter 4 3. The Liturgical and Historical Context of Erasmus's Hymns Chapter 5 4. The Logic and Rhetoric of Proverbs in Erasmus's The Praise of Folly Chapter 6 5. The Epigraphs of More and Erasmus: A Literary Diptych Chapter 7 6. Style and Meaning in More's Utopia Hythloday's Sentences and Diction Chapter 8 7. More's Use of Patristic Evidence in the Eucharistic Controversy Chapter 9 8. The Heart of the Final Struggle: More's Commentary on The Agony in the Garden Chapter 10 9.Thomas More, a Man for All Seasons:Robert Bolt's Play and the Elizabethan Play of Sir Thomas More Chapter 11 10. Extraordinary Friends Chapter 12 Notes Chapter 13 Bibliography Chapter 14 Index