New PDF release: Archaeologies of English Renaissance Literature

By Philip Schwyzer

ISBN-10: 0199206600

ISBN-13: 9780199206605

This research attracts at the thought and perform of archaeology to boost a brand new standpoint at the literature of the Renaissance. Philip Schwyzer explores the fascination with photographs of excavation, exhumation, and wreck that runs via literary texts together with Spenser's Faerie Queene, Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet, Donne's sermons and lyrics, and Thomas Browne's Hydriotaphia, or Urne-Buriall. Miraculously preserved corpses, ruined monasteries, Egyptian mummies, and Yorick's cranium all determine during this examine of the early smooth archaeological mind's eye. The pessimism of the interval is summed up within the haunting motif of the gorgeous corpse that, as soon as touched, crumbles to dirt.

Archaeology and literary reports are themselves items of the Renaissance. even supposing the 2 disciplines have occasionally considered each other as opponents, they percentage a special and unsettling intimacy with the strains of previous life--with the phrases the useless wrote, sang, or heard, with the items they made, held, or lived inside of. Schwyzer argues that on the root of either kinds of scholarship lies the forbidden wish to wake up (and converse with) the lifeless. besides the fact that very unlikely or absurd this wish will be, it continues to be a primary resource of either moral accountability and aesthetic pleasure.

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