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Reading Memory in Early Modern Literature (Paperback)
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Reading Memory in Early Modern Literature (Paperback)

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Paperback 334 Pages / Published: 06/11/2014
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'He who remembers or recollects, thinks' declared Francis Bacon, drawing attention to the absolute centrality of the question of memory in early modern Britain's cultural life. The vigorous debate surrounding the faculty had dated back to Plato at least. However, responding to the powerful influences of an ever-expanding print culture, humanist scholarship, the veneration for the cultural achievements of antiquity, and sweeping political upheaval and religious schism in Europe, succeeding generations of authors from the reign of Henry VIII to that of James I engaged energetically with the spiritual, political and erotic implications of remembering. Treating the works of a host of different writers from the Earl of Surrey, Katharine Parr and John Foxe, to William Shakespeare, Mary Sidney, Ben Jonson and Francis Bacon, this study explores how the question of memory was intimately linked to the politics of faith, identity and intellectual renewal in Tudor and early Stuart Britain.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781107463400
Number of pages: 334
Weight: 450 g
Dimensions: 230 x 152 x 17 mm


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'Hiscock offers a fascinating account of the nature and uses of individual and cultural memory in the early modern period ... he elegantly demonstrates ... that remembering, committing to memory and memorialising were notions - and actions - at the very heart of identity formation through the course of the long sixteenth century.' Greg Walker, University of Edinburgh
'What a splendid book! ... a study of memory in early modern English literature which will be of real value to students interested in either or both topics ... these individual studies also present a compelling narrative of the ways in which older traditions of memory - and also poetry - gradually give way to newer ideas and idioms, so that the book as a whole provides ... clearly focussed literary-critical snapshots of an age in transition.' Mike Pincombe, Newcastle University
'Although the sweep of this book is vast, the author's findings are sensibly grounded and often quite specific. This through-thread, consistent with the masterful arrangement of the book as a whole, makes it a delight to read.' Renaissance Quarterly
'Reading Memory [in Early Modern Literature] is exhaustively researched and filled with remarkable insights.' The Review of English Studies
"Hiscock offers a fascinating account of the nature and uses of individual and cultural memory in the early modern period, and of the ways in which the writers of the period recalled and productively mis-recalled those of the classical and patristic past. What he elegantly demonstrates is that remembering, committing to memory and memorializing were notions - and actions - at the very heart of the fraught processes of identity formation through the course of the long sixteenth century." -Greg Walker, Regius Professor of Rhetoric and English Literature, University of Edinburgh
"What a splendid book! Andrew Hiscock has produced a study of memory in early modern English literature which will be of real value to students interested in either or both topics. His work shows a formidable grasp of the vast range of theories of memory - some very strange - from Plato and Montaigne to Pierre Nora and Mary Warnock. This knowledge he distils for the rest of us in an introduction of exemplary clarity, but it also elucidates the chapters on major Renaissance authors from the earl of Surrey to Francis Bacon, which scintillate with fresh insights eloquently expressed. Taken together, and in order, these individual studies also present a compelling narrative of the ways in which older traditions of memory - and also poetry - gradually give way to newer ideas and idioms, so that the book as a whole provides a carefully composed of clearly focused literary-critical snapshots of an age in transition." -Mike Pincombe, Professor of Tudor and Elizabethan Literature, Newcastle University
"Accordingly then, each chapter deftly concludes by examining how the writer under investigation is remembered- both in his or her own time and today. This through-thread, consistent with the masterful arrangement of the book as a whole (with its periodic glances backward and ahead to related material in other sections), makes it a delight to read. Reading Memory is a most welcome addition to the increasing number of books addressing literary aspects of early modern memory." --Renaissance Quarterly
"Reading Memory is exhaustively researched and filled with remarkable insights." --The Review of English Studies
"This meticulous, cutting-edge work brings new light to the study of memory in early modern literature." --Journal

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