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.
About the Author
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.
Table of ContentsContents: 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.