Skepticism And Memory In Shakespeare And Donne by A. Sherman

Skepticism And Memory In Shakespeare And Donne

byA. Sherman

Hardcover | January 28, 2008

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This book argues that in the course of grappling with skepticism, Shakespeare and Donne revolutionize the art of memory and discover an art of doubt.  Topics important to students of Renaissance literature—such as mimesis, exemplarity, pastoral and typology—become transformed, seen now as a set of vital responses to the incursion of skeptical doubt. By discussing the aesthetics of memorialization, the representation of collective memory, and ideas of women as countermonuments, the book investigates how Donne and Shakespeare respond to epistemological uncertainty. The book should interest admirers of Shakespeare and Donne as well as those intrigued by Stanley Cavell and the avenues he has opened up for a new philosophical literary criticism.

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Anita Gilman Sherman is Assistant Professor of Literature at American University in Washington, D. C. In addition to essays about Shakespeare and Donne, she has published work on Garcilaso de la Vega, Thomas Heywood, and Michel de Montaigne.
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Title:Skepticism And Memory In Shakespeare And DonneFormat:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0 inPublished:January 28, 2008Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan USLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:023060028X

ISBN - 13:9780230600287

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Table of Contents

The Art of Doubt * Forgetting Knowledge in Donne's Anniversaries * Disowning the Art of Memory in Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale * Acknowledging the Past in Donne's Ignatius his Conclave * Experiencing Freedom from the Past in Shakespeare and Fletcher's All Is True * Skeptical Epitaphs and Prospective Memory in Donne and Shakespeare

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“An elegantly conceived and probing study. Written with verve and clarity, this book takes up a thread of thinking in recent criticism about skeptical modalities in Renaissance literature, in particular, skepticism’s formal modes and masks. Within the field defined by the interlocking themes of skepticism and memory, it places in dialogue the pair of Shakespeare and Donne -- two central Renaissance authors very rarely studied together-- and makes a strong contribution.”--Kenneth Gross, University of Rochester; Author of Shylock is Shakespeare and Shakespeare's Noise"The historical and theoretical amplitude and detail that Anita Gilman Sherman brings to her work are as exhilarating as they are instructive.  I find her writing continuously intelligent, fresh, and fruitful in its connections and formulations.  She exemplifies, as she cites, strategies and genres of skepticism that challenge philosophy’s efforts, in recent centuries– perhaps never more intensive than in our period–to mock or to refute its millennia of concerns to instill or to surmount a skeptical surmise. The setting together of Shakespeare and Donne on her course of thought elaborates an immense field over which to exemplify and check the validity of her perceptions. Her concluding epitomizing chapter on the epitaph is a particular surprise and delight."--Stanley Cavell, Harvard