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Archaeologies of English Renaissance Literature (Hardcover)

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This study draws on the theory and practice of archaeology to develop a new perspective on the literature of the Renaissance. Philip Schwyzer explores the fascination with images of excavation, exhumation, and ruin that runs through literary texts including Spensers Faerie Queene, Shakespeares Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet, Donnes sermons and lyrics, and Thomas Brownes Hydriotaphia, or Urne-Buriall. Miraculously preserved corpses, ruined monasteries, Egyptian mummies, and Yoricks skull all figure in this study of the early modern archaeological imagination. The pessimism of the period is summed up in the haunting motif of the beautiful corpse that, once touched, crumbles to dust. Archaeology and literary studies are themselves products of the Renaissance. Although the two disciplines have sometimes viewed one another as rivals, they share a unique and unsettling intimacy with the traces of past life--with the words the dead wrote, sang, or heard, with the objects they made, held, or lived within. Schwyzer argues that at the root of both forms of scholarship lies the forbidden desire to awaken (and speak with) the dead. However impossible or absurd this desire may be, it remains a fundamental source of both ethical responsibility and aesthetic pleasure. *Author: Schwyzer, Philip *Binding Type: Hardcover *Number of Pages: 256 *Publication Date: 2007/04/01 *Language: English *Dimensions: 8.50 x 5.50 x 0.69 inches

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Publisher Oxford Univ Pr
Mfg Part# 9780199206605
SKU 203514751
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0199206600
Release Date 10/4/2010
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Book Format Hardcover
Number of Pages 0256
Publisher Oxford University Press, USA
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