Archaeologies of English Renaissance Literature by Philip Schwyzer

By Philip Schwyzer

This research attracts at the concept and perform of archaeology to improve a brand new standpoint at the literature of the Renaissance. Philip Schwyzer explores the fascination with photographs of excavation, exhumation, and damage that runs via literary texts together with Spenser's Faerie Queene, Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet, Donne's sermons and lyrics, and Thomas Browne's Hydriotaphia, or Urne-Buriall. Miraculously preserved corpses, ruined monasteries, Egyptian mummies, and Yorick's cranium all determine during this learn of the early glossy archaeological mind's eye. The pessimism of the interval is summed up within the haunting motif of the gorgeous corpse that, as soon as touched, crumbles to dirt.

Archaeology and literary reviews are themselves items of the Renaissance. even though the 2 disciplines have occasionally considered each other as competitors, they proportion a special and unsettling intimacy with the lines of previous life--with the phrases the lifeless wrote, sang, or heard, with the gadgets they made, held, or lived inside. Schwyzer argues that on the root of either types of scholarship lies the forbidden wish to wake up (and converse with) the useless. besides the fact that most unlikely or absurd this wish will be, it is still a basic resource of either moral accountability and aesthetic pleasure.

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