In defiance of time : antiquarian writing in early modern England / Angus Vine
- Vine, Angus Edmund
- Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2010.
- Physical Description:
- ix, 244 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
- 1. Material Beginnings: John Leland, John Twyne, John Stow -- 2. Origins and Names: Etymology and the Elizabethan Society of Antiquaries -- 3. Restoring Britain: Courtesy and Collaboration in Camden's Britannnia -- 4. Monuments and Megaliths: From Stonehenge to S̀tonage' -- 5. A Peripatetic Education: Antiquarian Travellers and the Apodemic Arts -- 6. Antiquarian Readers: The Case of Drayton and Selden.
- "In Defiance of Time explores the emergence of antiquarianism in early modern England, from its first flourishing in the mido-Tudor period through to its seventeenth-century heyday. A vibrant antiquarian culture emerged, which reached beyond scholarly and historical ciccles, and had a profound influence on the literature and thought of the period. Examining the influnces on the development of that culture, thsi book argues that the origins of English antiquarianism need to be found in the methods and practices of continental (and especially Italian) humanism. It shows that, like the humanists, the early antiquaries had the essentially imaginative aim of resurrecting and recomposing the past and past societies ìn definace of time'. The antiquaries conceived of themselves and their activities as bridging the gap between past and present, affording òlden time' presence in this way so that it might speak to and inform present circumstances, At the heart of this book is th argument that the antiquaian project depended on the antiquaries' capacity to restoreo---in their imagination at least---the fragments of the past, to imagine those remnants of history made whole once again. In Defiance of Time traces these arguments through a range of authors and material, both printed and in manuscript. Chapters advance original readings of important authors such as Leland, Slow, Spenser, Camden, Drayton, and Selden, as well as Shedding light on institutions such as the Elizabethan Socity of Antiquaries and reviewign the wide range of activities, interests, and concerns that came under the antiquarian purview. Antiquarianism is thereby shown to be integral to thee literary and intellectual culture of early modern England."--BOOK JACKET.
- 9780199566198 (hbk.)
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
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