Imagining Early Modern Histories

Interpreting textual mediations of history in early modernity, this volume adds nuance to our understanding of the contributions fiction and fictionalizing make to the shape and texture of versions of and debates about history during that ...

Author: Elizabeth Ketner

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134803974

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 272

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Interpreting textual mediations of history in early modernity, this volume adds nuance to our understanding of the contributions fiction and fictionalizing make to the shape and texture of versions of and debates about history during that period. Geographically, the scope of the essays extends beyond Europe and England to include Asia and Africa. Contributors take a number of different approaches to understand the relationship between history, fiction, and broader themes in early modern culture. They analyze the ways fiction writers use historical sources, fictional texts translate ideas about the past into a vernacular accessible to broad audiences, fictional depictions and interpretations shape historical action, and the ways in which nonfictional texts and accounts were given fictional histories of their own, intentionally or not, through transmission and interpretation. By combining the already contested idea of fiction with performance, action, and ideas/ideology, this collection provides a more thorough consideration of fictional histories in the early modern period. It also covers more than two centuries of primary material, providing a longer perspective on the changing and complex role of history in forming early modern national, gendered, and cultural identities.

Imagining Early Modern London

An interdisciplinary exploration of Londoners' mental and social world during the long seventeenth century.

Author: J. F. Merritt

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521773461

Category: History

Page: 305

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An interdisciplinary exploration of Londoners' mental and social world during the long seventeenth century.

The Historical Imagination in Early Modern Britain

Distinguished historians and literary scholars explore the overlap, interplay, and interaction between history and fiction.

Author: Donald R. Kelley

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521521239

Category: History

Page: 392

View: 936

Distinguished historians and literary scholars explore the overlap, interplay, and interaction between history and fiction.

Ancient Models in the Early Modern Republican Imagination

He delivered one, explicitly focusing on Greek history and the contribution of
George Grote, as his inaugural lecture at ... See the important analysis in
Giovanna Ceserani, “Modern histories of Ancient Greece: genealogies, contexts
and ...


Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004351388

Category: History

Page: 352

View: 485

Ancient Models in the Early Modern Republican Imagination offers a new approach to the study of the classical dimensions of early modern republican thought by analysing its specific and concrete uses of ancient republican models.

Epic Epitome and the Early Modern Historical Imagination

Chapter 5 Cowley, Milton, and the Histories of Epic By the 1640s, readers had
ready access to texts that both celebrated and denigrated the value of monarchic
succession, to Church histories that either mapped out the history of episcopal ...

Author: Dr Chloe Wheatley

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 140947870X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 158

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In early modern England, epitomes-texts promising to pare down, abridge, or sum up the essence of their authoritative sources-provided readers with key historical knowledge without the bulk, expense, or time commitment demanded by greater volumes. Epic poets in turn addressed the habits of reading and thinking that, for better and for worse, were popularized by the publication of predigested works. Analyzing popular texts such as chronicle summaries, abridgements of sacred epic, and abstracts of civil war debate, Chloe Wheatley charts the efflorescence of a lively early modern epitome culture, and demonstrates its impact upon Edmund Spenser's The Faerie Queene, Abraham Cowley's Davideis, and John Milton's Paradise Lost. Clearly and elegantly written, this new study presents fresh insight into how poets adapted an important epic convention-the representation of the hero's confrontation with summaries of past and future-to reflect contemporary trends in early modern history writing.

Jews in the Early Modern English Imagination

A History of Anti-Semitism in England (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010).
Kaartinen, Marjo, 'Toinen ... Katz, David S., 'The Marginalization of Early Modern
Anglo-Jewish History', in The Jewish Heritage in British History. Englishness and

Author: Dr Eva Johanna Holmberg

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 1409482782

Category: History

Page: 186

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Based on travel writings, religious history and popular literature, Jews in the Early Modern English Imagination explores the encounter between English travellers and the Jews. While literary and religious traditions created an image of Jews as untrustworthy, even sinister, travellers came to know them in their many and diverse communities with rich traditions and intriguing life-styles. The Jew of the imagination encountered the Jew of town and village, in southern Europe, North Africa and the Levant. Coming from an England riven by religious disputes and often by political unrest, travellers brought their own questions about identity, national character, religious belief and the quality of human relations to their encounter with 'the scattered nation'.

Imagining the Audience in Early Modern Drama 1558 1642

Gallants is also a play with a complex textual and editorial history. An epitome of
the ironic conundrums that scholars of early modern drama face regularly, the
1608 Quarto of this intricately plotted play is in various places quite possibly ...

Author: J. Low

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230118399

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 218

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This essay collection builds on the latest research on the topic of theatre audiences in early modern England. In broad terms, the project answers the question, 'How do we define the relationships between performance and audience?'.

Wonder and Science

Campbell's learned and brilliantly perceptive new book analyzes a cross section of texts in which worlds were made and unmade; these texts include cosmographies, colonial reports, works of natural philosophy and natural history, fantastic ...

Author: Mary B. Campbell

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 9780801489181

Category: History

Page: 366

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During the early modern period, western Europe was transformed by the proliferation of new worlds—geographic worlds found in the voyages of discovery and conceptual and celestial worlds opened by natural philosophy, or science. The response to incredible overseas encounters and to the profound technological, religious, economic, and intellectual changes occurring in Europe was one of nearly overwhelming wonder, expressed in a rich variety of texts. In the need to manage this wonder, to harness this imaginative overabundance, Mary Baine Campbell finds both the sensational beauty of early scientific works and the beginnings of the divergence of the sciences—particularly geography, astronomy, and anthropology—from the writing of fiction. Campbell's learned and brilliantly perceptive new book analyzes a cross section of texts in which worlds were made and unmade; these texts include cosmographies, colonial reports, works of natural philosophy and natural history, fantastic voyages, exotic fictions, and confessions. Among the authors she discusses are André Thevet, Thomas Hariot, Francis Bacon, Galileo, Margaret Cavendish, and Aphra Behn. Campbell's emphasis is on developments in England and France, but she considers works in languages other than English or French which were well known in the polyglot book culture of the time. With over thirty well-chosen illustrations, Wonder and Science enhances our understanding of the culture of early modern Europe, the history of science, and the development of literary forms, including the novel and ethnography.

The Oxford Handbook of Witchcraft in Early Modern Europe and Colonial America

He is the author of Between the Devil and the Host: Imagining Witchcraft in Early
Modern Poland (2011). As a postdoctoral fellow at the Centre for the History of
European Discourses at the University of Queensland, Ostling is currently ...

Author: Brian P. Levack

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191648841

Category: History

Page: 646

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The essays in this Handbook, written by leading scholars working in the rapidly developing field of witchcraft studies, explore the historical literature regarding witch beliefs and witch trials in Europe and colonial America between the early fifteenth and early eighteenth centuries. During these years witches were thought to be evil people who used magical power to inflict physical harm or misfortune on their neighbours. Witches were also believed to have made pacts with the devil and sometimes to have worshipped him at nocturnal assemblies known as sabbaths. These beliefs provided the basis for defining witchcraft as a secular and ecclesiastical crime and prosecuting tens of thousands of women and men for this offence. The trials resulted in as many as fifty thousand executions. These essays study the rise and fall of witchcraft prosecutions in the various kingdoms and territories of Europe and in English, Spanish, and Portuguese colonies in the Americas. They also relate these prosecutions to the Catholic and Protestant reformations, the introduction of new forms of criminal procedure, medical and scientific thought, the process of state-building, profound social and economic change, early modern patterns of gender relations, and the wave of demonic possessions that occurred in Europe at the same time. The essays survey the current state of knowledge in the field, explore the academic controversies that have arisen regarding witch beliefs and witch trials, propose new ways of studying the subject, and identify areas for future research.

Re imagining Western European Geography in English Renaissance Drama

Early Modern Literature in History General Editors: Cedric C. Brown, Emeritus
Professor, University of Reading; Andrew Hadfield, Professor of English,
University of Sussex, Brighton International Advisory Board: Sharon Achinstein,
University ...

Author: M. Matei-Chesnoiu

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137029331

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 220

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Matei-Chesnoiu examines the changing understanding of world geography in sixteenth-century England and the concomitant involvement of the London theatre in shaping a new perception of Western European space. Fresh readings are offered of Shakespeare, Jonson, Marlowe, Middleton, Dekker, Massinger, Marston, and others.

Theology and the Scientific Imagination from the Middle Ages to the Seventeenth Century

I merely meant to stress two features that both link and separate the early
medieval from the early modern versions of special, historical (or political)
providence. The early Middle Ages thought of both the state and of history in
organological ...

Author: Amos Funkenstein

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691024257

Category: Science

Page: 421

View: 435

"(This work) promises to raise the level and transform the nature of discourse on the relations of Christianity and science . . . (Funkenstein) leaps fearlessly from one philosophical mountaintop to another, comparing and contrasting doctrines in an amazing display of intellectual dexterity. The result is a bold study of ideas . . . bristling with insight and perceptive reinterpretation of familiar episodes in the history of natural philosophy".--David C. Lindberg, "Journal of the History of Medicine". *Lightning Print On Demand Title

Eucharist and the Poetic Imagination in Early Modern England

John Donne was born a decade after Southwell, and their early histories touch at
curious points. Donne, too, was from a significant recusant family: he was related
on his mother's side to the great Catholic martyr Sir Thomas More, and his ...

Author: Sophie Read

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107032733

Category: History

Page: 225

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A study of six canonical early modern lyric poets and the impact of the Eucharist on their work.

Imagining Culture Routledge Revivals

Essays in Early Modern History and Literature Jonathan Hart. Gender and
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"My Honour 2. Gender and Representation.

Author: Jonathan Hart

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317565045

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 262

View: 765

Imagining Culture, first published in 1996, discusses literature as a whole rather than a partisan interest in those who are in or out of favour, and how that literature relates to other arts as well as to philosophical, historical, and cultural contexts. This title will be of interest to students of literature and cultural studies.

Reading London

Critics who study eighteenth-century London for its “early modern” traits usually
do so to explain why modern London looks the way it does. ... see the essays
included in J. F. Merritt's anthology Imagining Early Modern London: Perceptions
and Portrayals of the City from Stow to Strype, ... While these narratives of
London's early modern history are valiant enterprises since they attempt to
understand our ...

Author: Erik Bond

Publisher: Ohio State University Press

ISBN: 081421049X

Category: History

Page: 276

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Green Desire

These books powerfully evoke the desires of gardeners: they show us gardeners who, like poets, imagine not just what is but what should be.

Author: Rebecca W. Bushnell

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 9780801441431

Category: Gardening

Page: 198

View: 132

For Rebecca Bushnell, English gardening books tell a fascinating tale of the human love for plants and our will to make them do as we wish. These books powerfully evoke the desires of gardeners: they show us gardeners who, like poets, imagine not just what is but what should be. In particular, the earliest English garden books, such as Thomas Hill's The Gardeners Labyrinth or Hugh Platt's Floraes Paradise, mix magical practices with mundane recipes even when the authors insist that they rely completely on their own experience in these matters. Like early modern books of secrets, early gardening manuals often promise the reader power to alter the essential properties of plants: to make the gillyflower double, to change the lily's hue, or to grow a cherry without a stone. Green Desire describes the innovative design of the old manuals, examining how writers and printers marketed them as fiction as well as practical advice for aspiring gardeners. Along with this attention to the delights of reading, it analyzes the strange dignity and pleasure of garden labor and the division of men's and women's roles in creating garden art. The book ends by recounting the heated debate over how much people could do to create marvels in their own gardens. For writers and readers alike, these green desires inspired dreams of power and self-improvement, fantasies of beauty achieved without work, and hopes for order in an unpredictable world--not so different from the dreams of gardeners today. --Wendy Wall, Northwestern University "Choice"

Imagination and Fantasy in the Middle Ages and Early Modern Time

Cultural history cannot operate without the acknowledgment of the world of imagination and fantasy.

Author: Albrecht Classen

Publisher: de Gruyter

ISBN: 9783110692945

Category: History

Page: 820

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Cultural history cannot operate without the acknowledgment of the world of imagination and fantasy. Philosophy, theology, literature, the visual arts, even the sciences and medicine depend on the capacity of the human mind to imagine and fantasize.

Knowledge Discovery and Imagination in Early Modern Europe

6 Bridging effects For the relation and distinction of experience and history , rule
and method were surely not foreign , for instance , to what Henry Wotton had in
mind when he distinguished , presumably in the 1620s , between two ways of ...

Author: Timothy J Reiss

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521587952

Category: History

Page: 238

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A new explanation for the substantial changes of thought that occurred in early modern Europe.

Animals and the Human Imagination

Her recent book, The Monkey and the Inkpot: Natural History and Its
Transformations in Early Modern China (Harvard University Press, 2009) treats
belief-making in early modern Chinese natural history through the lens of the
Bencao gangmu ...

Author: Aaron S. Gross

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231527764

Category: Nature

Page: 400

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Human beings have long imagined their subjectivity, ethics, and ancestry with and through animals, yet not until the mid-twentieth century did contemporary thought reflect critically on animals' significance in human self-conception. Thinkers such as French philosopher Jacques Derrida, South African novelist J. M. Coetzee, and American theorist Donna Haraway have initiated rigorous inquiries into the question of the animal, now blossoming in a number of directions. It is no longer strange to say that if animals did not exist, we would have to invent them. This interdisciplinary and cross-cultural collection reflects the growth of animal studies as an independent field and the rise of "animality" as a critical lens through which to analyze society and culture, on a par with race and gender. Essays consider the role of animals in the human imagination and the imagination of the human; the worldviews of indigenous peoples; animal-human mythology in early modern China; and political uses of the animal in postcolonial India. They engage with the theoretical underpinnings of the animal protection movement, representations of animals in children's literature, depictions of animals in contemporary art, and the philosophical positioning of the animal from Aristotle to Derrida. The strength of this companion lies in its timeliness and contextual diversity, which makes it essential reading for students and researchers while further developing the parameters of the discipline.

Art Science and Witchcraft in Early Modern Holland

These works by de Gheyn partake of and contribute to the culture of early modern
natural history and curiosity , the realm of ... This latter group of works is
significantly aligned with artistic theories of the imagination and contemporary
European ...

Author: Claudia Swan

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521826747

Category: Art

Page: 254

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Women Imagination and the Search for Truth in Early Modern France

... Michel de Montaigne's Lame Lovers Debate about the moral worth and
intellectual capacity of women pervaded early modern intellectual life . ... 2
Lawrence D. Kritzman , “ The Neoplatonic Debate , ” A New History of French
Literature , ed .

Author: Rebecca May Wilkin

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 9780754661382

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 253

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Grounded in medical, juridical, and philosophical texts of 16th- and 17th-century France, this study tells the story of how the idea of woman contributed to the emergence of modern science. It challenges scholars to revise deeply held notions regarding the place of women in the early modern search for truth.