17. William J. Kennedy, Comparative Literature

The Site of Petrarchism: Early Modern National Sentiment in Italy, France, and England (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003). Kennedy argues that the Petrarchan sonnet serves as a site for early modern expression of national sentiment in Italy, France, England, Spain, and Germany. He uses as a basis poststructuralist theories of nationalism and national identity developed by writers such as Etienne Balibar, Emmanuel Levinas, Julia Kristeva, Antonio Negri, and Slavoj Zizek. Kennedy treats the subject of early modern national expression from a broad comparative perspective.

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