Shaping Remembrance from Shakespeare to Milton

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Whether situated in churches or circulating in more flexible, mobile works - manuscript or printed texts, jewels or rosaries, personal bequests or antique 'rarities' - monuments were ubiquitous in post-Reformation England. In this period of religious change, the unsettled meanings of sacred sites and artifacts encouraged a new conception of remembrance and, with it, changed relationships between devotional and secular writings, arts, and identities. Beginning in the parish church, Shaping Remembrance from Shakespeare to Milton moves beyond that space to see remembrance as shaping dynamic systems within which early modern men and women experienced loss and recollection. Removing monuments from parochial or antiquarian concerns, this study re-imagines them as pervasively involved with other commemorative works, not least the writings of our most canonical authors. These far-reaching, flexible chapters combine three critical strands - religion, materiality, and gender - to describe the arts of remembrance as material and textual remains of living webs of connection in which creators and creations are mutually involved.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCambridge
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages280
ISBN (Electronic)9781108394697
ISBN (Print)978-1108422987, 1108422985
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • Post-Reformation monuments
  • English literature
  • material culture
  • women's writing
  • Shakespeare
  • Milton
  • religion
  • manuscript studies

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