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The Uses of the Future in Early Modern Europe

The Uses of the Future in Early Modern Europe


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About the Book

Is modernity synonymous with progress? Did the Renaissance really break with the cyclical, agrarian time of the Middle Ages, inaugurating a new concept of irreversible time in a secular culture defined by development? How does methodology affect scholarly responses to the idea of the future in the past? This collection of interdisciplinary essays from the fields of literary criticism, cultural studies, politics and intellectual history offers new answers to these commonplace questions. They explore elite and popular culture, women and men's experiences, and the encounter between East and West, providing a comparative view on the range of personal, political and social practices with which early modern people planned for, imagined, manipulated or even rejected the future. Examining poetry, architecture, colonial exploration, technology, drama, satire, wills, childbirth and deathbed rituals, humanism, religious radicalism and republicanism, this collection provides new readings of canonical early modern texts and insights into popular culture.

With a foreword by Peter Burke.


About the Author:

Andrea Brady is Lecturer in early modern literature at Queen Mary, University of London. She is the author of English Funerary Elegy in the Seventeenth Century (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006).

Emily Butterworth teaches sixteenth-century French literature and thought at King's College London. She is the author of Poisoned Words: Slander and Satire in Early Modern France (Oxford, 2006).


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Product Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780415995405
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • Publisher Imprint: Routledge
  • Depth: 19
  • Language: English
  • Returnable: N
  • Spine Width: 20 mm
  • Width: 157 mm
  • ISBN-10: 041599540X
  • Publisher Date: 02 Nov 2009
  • Binding: Hardback
  • Height: 229 mm
  • No of Pages: 262
  • Series Title: Routledge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture
  • Weight: 525 gr


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