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Memory and Intertextuality in Renaissance Literature


  • Date Published: January 2019
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107443907

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  • This book uses theories of memory derived from cognitive science to offer new ways of understanding how literary works remember other literary works. Using terms derived from psychology – implicit and explicit memory, interference and forgetting – Raphael Lyne shows how works by Renaissance writers such as Wyatt, Shakespeare, Jonson, and Milton interact with their sources. The poems and plays in question are themselves sources of insight into the workings of memory, sharing and anticipating some scientific categories in the process of their thinking. Lyne proposes a way forward for cognitive approaches to literature, in which both experiments and texts are valued as contributors to interdisciplinary questions. His book will interest researchers and upper-level students of renaissance literature and drama, Shakespeare studies, memory studies, and classical reception.

    • Offers new ways of exploring the differences between allusion and intertextuality
    • Provides a cognitive approach to literature
    • Offers new accounts of major early modern works, giving detailed close readings
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    'Lyne approaches memory as an elastic metaphor. Early modern memory culture adheres to no single model of memory; neither does Lyne's argument … by directly addressing specific sets of questions in cognitive science, Lyne provides a robust and humanistic response, an intertext as it were, to ongoing social-scientific research in memory … in terms of its contribution to literary theory, this is the strongest work on early modern memory that I have read.' Lina Perkins Wilder, Connecticut College

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2019
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107443907
    • length: 270 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 150 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.4kg
    • contains: 3 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    Part I. Implicit and Explicit Poetic Memory:
    2. Defining the implicit and explicit poetic memories
    3. Discovered purposes: Jonson and Milton
    4. Moving between sources: Ovid and Erasmus in Shakespeare's Sonnets
    Part II. Intertextuality, Forgetting and the Schema:
    5. Schema and fragment
    6. Wyatt and Petrarch
    7. Plutarch and Antony and Cleopatra
    8. Jonson's Catiline
    9. Conclusion

  • Author

    Raphael Lyne, University of Cambridge
    Raphael Lyne is a Reader in Renaissance Literature and a Fellow and Director of Studies at Murray Edwards College, Cambridge. He is the author of Shakespeare, Rhetoric and Cognition (Cambridge, 2011), Shakespeare's Late Work (2007) and Ovid's Changing Worlds (2001).

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