The Historical Imagination in Early Modern Britain: History, Rhetoric, and Fiction, 1500-1800

The Historical Imagination in Early Modern Britain: History, Rhetoric, and Fiction, 1500-1800

by Donald R. Kelley
     
 
These essays by some of the most distinguished historians and literary scholars in the English-speaking world explore the overlap, interplay, and interaction between supposedly truthful history and fact-based fiction in British writing from the Tudor period to the Enlightenment. Despite the many theoretical questions posed, the discussions primarily focus on concrete

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These essays by some of the most distinguished historians and literary scholars in the English-speaking world explore the overlap, interplay, and interaction between supposedly truthful history and fact-based fiction in British writing from the Tudor period to the Enlightenment. Despite the many theoretical questions posed, the discussions primarily focus on concrete works, including those of Thomas More, John Foxe, Thomas Hobbes, Adam Smith, and Edward Gibbon.

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"The essays in The Historical Imagination in every instance bring to light elements of authorship that are worth pondering. Inherited notions are successfully challenged....the remarkable thing about the inception of this project: the singular good sense of bringing together a group of eminent writers to reassess criteria and conventions, particularly of historical authority, in a time of historiographical revolution. The editors are to be commended." William Rockett, 16th Century Jrnl

"In this intelligent, engaging, and timely essay collection from the disciplines of both history and English, editors Donald R. Kelley and David Harris Sacks have compiled compelling pictures of the various relationships that exist between the fields of history and fiction in early modern Britain. In its detailed attention to the various representations of truth within imaginative writing, the collection represents a significant addition to the ever-growing study of early modern British culture, one that should be of great aid to scholars in the field and their students for some time." Gregory J. Underwood, History

"...this collection contains much that is new and even surprising, which makes it a welcome addition to the literature on the early modern historical imagination." Timothy Lang, American Historical Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521521239
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
08/22/2002
Series:
Woodrow Wilson Center Press Series
Pages:
391
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.87(d)

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