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Shaping Remembrance from Shakespeare to Milton

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  • Date Published: June 2018
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  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108422987

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  • Whether situated in churches or circulating in more flexible, mobile works - manuscript or printed texts, jewels or rosaries, personal bequests or antique 'rarities' - monuments were ubiquitous in post-Reformation England. In this period of religious change, the unsettled meanings of sacred sites and artifacts encouraged a new conception of remembrance and, with it, changed relationships between devotional and secular writings, arts, and identities. Beginning in the parish church, Shaping Remembrance from Shakespeare to Milton moves beyond that space to see remembrance as shaping dynamic systems within which early modern men and women experienced loss and recollection. Removing monuments from parochial or antiquarian concerns, this study re-imagines them as pervasively involved with other commemorative works, not least the writings of our most canonical authors. These far-reaching, flexible chapters combine three critical strands - religion, materiality, and gender - to describe the arts of remembrance as material and textual remains of living webs of connection in which creators and creations are mutually involved.

    • Unites material cultural studies, religious studies, and gender and women's writing within a new critical framework
    • Approaches canonical works by Shakespeare and Milton through the lens of remembrance
    • Brings critical attention to a number of early modern women writers and their works
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    '… the book … offers an impressive if impressionistic account of the unwieldy culture of commemoration in early modern England. In this work, we have a series of leitmotifs - mourning, loss, collection, remembrance, forgetting, curation - that echo one another in frequently surprising ways as they are juxtaposed, ultimately providing an important contribution to the study of a fraught memorial culture in the period.' Andrew Griffin, Early Modern Literary Studies

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    • Date Published: June 2018
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108422987
    • dimensions: 235 x 158 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.6kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction – 'An amber casket'
    Part I. 'Signes of Remembrance':
    1. 'A Mousoleum for a flie': Sidney Montagu and the sacramental sign
    2. Wondrous work: crafting remembrance in the Montagu archive
    3. Innogen's needle: remembrance and romance in Cymbeline
    Part II. 'Monuments of Antiquitie'
    4. 'The grave is but a cabinet': remembrance and recreation in post-reformation London
    5. Shakespearean reliquaries: Pericles and the ark of wonder
    6. 'Chain'd up in alabaster': awakening remembrance in The Winter's Tale and Comus
    Conclusion – 'many worlds fantastic framed'.

  • Author

    Patricia Phillippy, Kingston University, London
    Patricia Phillippy is Professor of English Literature at Kingston University, London. She has published widely in early modern literature and culture, with a special focus on women's writing. Her books include Women, Death and Literature in Post-Reformation England (Cambridge, 2002), and Painting Women: Cosmetics, Canvases, and Early Modern Culture (2006). She has edited the writings of Elizabeth Cooke Hoby Russell as The Writings of An English Sappho (2011), and A History of Early Modern Women's Writing (Cambridge, 2018).

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