Reading Memory in Early Modern Literature by Andrew HiscockReading Memory in Early Modern Literature by Andrew Hiscock

Reading Memory in Early Modern Literature

byAndrew Hiscock

Hardcover | November 28, 2011

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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.
Title:Reading Memory in Early Modern LiteratureFormat:HardcoverDimensions:332 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.83 inPublished:November 28, 2011Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521761212

ISBN - 13:9780521761215


Table of Contents

Introduction: 'the dark backward and abyss of time'; 1. 'To seke the place where I my self hadd lost': acts of memory in the poetry of Henry Howard, the Earl of Surrey; 2. 'Remembre not (lorde) myne offences': Katherine Parr and the politics of recollection; 3. 'Better a few things well pondered, than to trouble the memory with too much': troubling memory and martyr in Foxe's Acts and Monuments; 4. Text, recollection and Elizabethan fiction: Gascoigne, Nashe, Deloney; 5. The doleful Clorinda? Mary Sidney, Countess of Pembroke, and the vocation of memory; 6. 'Tell me, where all past yeares are': John Donne and the obligations of memory; 7. 'Of all the powers of the mind [...] the most delicate and fraile': the poetry of Ben Jonson and the renewal of memory; 8. 'This art of memory': Francis Bacon, memory and the discourses of power.

Editorial Reviews

"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