In Defiance of Time: Antiquarian Writing in Early Modern England

Hardcover | July 10, 2010

byAngus Vine

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In Defiance of Time explores the emergence of antiquarianism in early modern England, from its first flourishing in the mid-Tudor period through to its seventeenth-century heyday. A vibrant antiquarian culture emerged, which reached beyond scholarly and historical circles, and had a profoundinfluence on the literature and thought of the period. Examining the influences on that development of that culture, this book argues that the origins of English antiquarianism need to be found in the methods and practices of continental (and especially Italian) humanism. It shows that, like thehumanists, the early antiquaries had the essentially imaginative aim of resurrecting and recomposing the past and past societies 'in defiance of time'. The antiquaries conceived of themselves and their activities as bridging the gap between past and present, affording 'olden time' presence in thisway so that it might speak to and inform present circumstances. At the heart of this book is the argument that the antiquarian project depended on the antiquaries' capacity to restore-in their imagination at least-the fragments of the past, to imagine those remnants of history 'which have casuallyescaped the shipwreck of time' made whole once again. In Defiance of Time traces these arguments through a range of authors and material, both printed and in manuscript. Chapters advance original readings of important authors such as Leland, Stow, Spenser, Camden, Drayton, and Selden, as well asshedding light on institutions such as the Elizabethan Society of Antiquaries and reviewing the wide range of activities, interests, and concerns that came under the antiquarian purview. Antiquarianism is thereby shown to be integral to early modern literary and intellectual culture.

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In Defiance of Time explores the emergence of antiquarianism in early modern England, from its first flourishing in the mid-Tudor period through to its seventeenth-century heyday. A vibrant antiquarian culture emerged, which reached beyond scholarly and historical circles, and had a profoundinfluence on the literature and thought of th...

Angus Vine is Senior Research Associate in the Faculty of English at the University of Cambridge. He completed his PhD at Trinity College, Cambridge, and he works on the literature and intellectual history of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century England, with related research interests in the history of science, the history of the book ...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:264 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.01 inPublished:July 10, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199566194

ISBN - 13:9780199566198

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Table of Contents

List of illustrationsList of abbreviationsNote on textIntroduction1. Material Beginnings: John Leland, John Twyne, John Stow2. Origins and Names: Etymology and the Elizabethan Society of Antiquaries3. Restoring Britain: Courtesy and Collaboration in Camden's Britannia4. Monuments and Megaliths: From Stonehenge to 'Stonage'5. A Peripatetic Education: Antiquarian Travellers and the Apodemic Arts6. Antiquarian Readers: The Case of Drayton and SeldenConclusionAppendixBibliographyIndex