Speaking with the Dead: Explorations in Literature and History

Speaking with the Dead: Explorations in Literature and History

by Jurgen Pieters

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780748615889
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Publication date: 05/02/2006
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 9.30(w) x 6.20(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Jürgen Pieters is Teaches literary theory and cultural history at the University of Ghent, Belgium

Table of Contents

Table of Contents; Introduction; Chapter 1: Among Ancient Men (Petrarch, Machiavelli, Sidney and Huygens); Chapter 2: The Gaze of Medusa and the Practice of the Historian (Rubens and Huygens); Chapter 3: The Historical Shiver (Flaubert, Michelet and Keats); Chapter 4: 'Now Let Us Go Into This Blind World' (Dante, Virgil, Homer and T. S. Eliot); Chapter 5: The Sounds of Silence (Roland Barthes); Epilogue; Index.

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Stephen Greenblatt

Jürgen Pieters' illuminating book is of compelling interest to anyone who has ever experienced, in encountering the traces of the past, the shiver of communion with people who no longer breathe the life-giving air. Speaking with the Dead deftly explores the rich record of this experience in the writing from Dante and Petrarch to Michelet and Roland Barthes. The remarkable Renaissance genius, Constantijn Huygens, like many of the figures in this book, claimed that his deepest and most abiding friendships were with the dead. Pieters' thoughtful and probing analysis enables us to grasp the significance, complexity, and poignancy of this claim.

Catherine Belsey

Speaking With the Dead gives an eloquent account of the past's uncanny power to come alive in the present. This engaging book, genuinely international and transhistorical in its range of reference, never forgets the specific circumstances of the moments it defines or the current issues it addresses.

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