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The Arts of Remembrance in Early Modern England

Memorial Cultures of the Post Reformation, 1st Edition

Edited by Andrew Gordon, Thomas Rist


272 pages

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The early modern period inherited a deeply-ingrained culture of Christian remembrance that proved a platform for creativity in a remarkable variety of forms. From the literature of church ritual to the construction of monuments; from portraiture to the arrangement of domestic interiors; from the development of textual rites to drama of the contemporary stage, the early modern world practiced 'arts of remembrance' at every turn. The turmoils of the Reformation and its aftermath transformed the habits of creating through remembrance. Ritually observed and radically reinvented, remembrance was a focal point of the early modern cultural imagination for an age when beliefs both crossed and divided communities of the faithful. The Arts of Remembrance in Early Modern England maps the new terrain of remembrance in the post-Reformation period, charting its negotiations with the material, the textual and the performative.


'The Arts of Remembrance in Early Modern England offers a compelling view of the processes of memorialisation and of remembering, ranging from ecclesiastical practice to literary production, visual culture, and the stage. The collection brings together established scholars and exciting new voices, to consider the wide-ranging effects of the Reformation, and the recurring presence of the dead.’ Helen Smith, University of York, UK '… what makes this book truly valuable to students, teachers, and researchers of English literature and cultural studies is the high quality of the essays, each in its own right as well as when seen collectively as constituting a coherent area of inquiry involving material, textual and theatrical instantiations of the arts of remembrance. Insofar as each essay represents the highest caliber of responsible scholarly endeavor and presents hard-won and compelling research findings, this book is a significant contribution to the fertile and ever-widening field of early modern memory studies.' Seventeenth-Century News '… striking, thought-provoking … sure to excite further debate within the field of memory studies.' Renaissance Quarterly 'The subjects of these essays are diverse and will be of use to historians and scholars of literature and theatre. Coupled with their focus on changing post-Reformation culture, they make for fascinating reading, and an invaluable resource for scholars of memory and post-Reformation religious culture.' Parergon 'Consistent with the Ashgate series to which it belongs … the volume casts a wide cultural-materialist net over its topic in that the term "materiality" covers at once social practices, reading strategies, artifacts and monuments, book history, and performance, offering a scholarly cornucopia to SHARP members.' SHARP News 'Everyone interested in its subject should look at this volume with care for there is much useful material in it. Some of this has more relevance to church monuments than

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction: the arts of remembrance, Andrew Gordon and Thomas Rist; Part I Materials of Remembrance: Remembrance in the Eucharist, Lucy Wooding; Portraiture and memory amongst the middling elites in post-Reformation England, Robert Tittler; ’An arelome to this hous for ever’: monumental fixtures and furnishings in the English domestic interior, c.1560-c.1660, Tara Hamling; Lines of descent: appropriations of ancestry in stone and parchment, Oliver D. Harris. Part II Textual Rites: Monuments and religion: George Herbert’s poetic materials, Thomas Rist; ’Making it true’: John Foxe’s art of remembrance, Tom Healy; A tangled chronicle: the struggle over the memory of Edmund Campion, Gerard Kilroy; Literary memorialization and the posthumous construction of female authorship, Marie-Louise Coolahan. Part III Theatres of Remembrance: Shakespeare’s arts of reenactment: Henry at Blackfriars, Richard at Rougemont, Philip Schwyzer; Scenic memory, Janette Dillon; The artificial figures and staging remembrance in Webster’s The Duchess of Malfi, Rory Loughnane; The ghost of Pasquill: the comic afterlife and the afterlife of comedy on the Elizabethan stage, Andrew Gordon; Select bibliography; Index.

About the Editors

Andrew Gordon and Thomas Rist are colleagues in the Department of English and the Centre for Early Modern Studies at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland.

About the Series

Material Readings in Early Modern Culture

Material Readings in Early Modern Culture

This series provides a forum for studies that consider the material forms of texts as part of an investigation into early modern English culture. The editors invite proposals of a multi- or interdisciplinary nature, and particularly welcome proposals that combine archival research with an attention to the theoretical models that might illuminate the reading, writing, and making of texts, as well as projects that take innovative approaches to the study of material texts, both in terms the kinds of primary materials under investigation, and in terms of methodologies. What are the questions that have yet to be asked about writing in its various possible embodied forms? Are there varieties of materiality that are critically neglected? How does form mediate and negotiate content? In what ways do the physical features of texts inform how they are read, interpreted and situated? Consideration will be given to both monographs and collections of essays. The range of topics covered in this series includes, but is not limited to:

-History of the book, publishing, the book trade, printing, typography (layout, type, typeface, blank/white space, paratextual apparatus)

-Technologies of the written word: ink, paper, watermarks, pens, presses

-Surprising or neglected material forms of writing

-Print culture


-Manuscript studies

-Social space, context, location of writing

-Social signs, cues, codes imbued within the material forms of texts

-Ownership and the social practices of reading: marginalia, libraries, environments of reading and reception

-Codicology, palaeography and critical bibliography

-Production, transmission, distribution and circulation

-Archiving and the archaeology of knowledge

-Orality and oral culture

-The material text as object or thing

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