Header

UZH-Logo

Maintenance Infos

The Inheritance of Loss: Post-Reformation Memory Culture and the Limits of Antiquarian Discourse


Karremann, Isabel (2020). The Inheritance of Loss: Post-Reformation Memory Culture and the Limits of Antiquarian Discourse. In: Cummings, Brian; Law, Ceri; Wallace, Bronwyn; Walsham, Alexandra. Remembering the Reformation. London: Routledge, 41-58.

Abstract

This essay explores the impact of the Reformation on the structures of early modern memory culture. Starting from recent historiographical revisions of post-Reformation practices of commemoration, it examines the interplay of remembering and forgetting in antiquarian scholarship — a discourse which confronted directly the problems posed by the destruction of material and ritual means for commemoration. While antiquarian discourse in particular conceived of its project in terms of salvaging the material objects of England’s past from the grave of oblivion, some scholars developed complex notions of the constructive role forgetting might play in a larger, transcendental vision of immortality. Reading Browne’s Hydriotaphia, or Urne-Buriall (1658) against the background of antiquarian texts like Camden’s Britannia (1596; 1610), Stow’s Survey of London (1603), and Weever’s Ancient Funerall Monuments (1631) the essay charts the different strategies developed to come to terms with the painful memories of the Reformation, which constitute the thematic concern of these texts, as well as memory culture profoundly shaped by the forces of oblivion.

Abstract

This essay explores the impact of the Reformation on the structures of early modern memory culture. Starting from recent historiographical revisions of post-Reformation practices of commemoration, it examines the interplay of remembering and forgetting in antiquarian scholarship — a discourse which confronted directly the problems posed by the destruction of material and ritual means for commemoration. While antiquarian discourse in particular conceived of its project in terms of salvaging the material objects of England’s past from the grave of oblivion, some scholars developed complex notions of the constructive role forgetting might play in a larger, transcendental vision of immortality. Reading Browne’s Hydriotaphia, or Urne-Buriall (1658) against the background of antiquarian texts like Camden’s Britannia (1596; 1610), Stow’s Survey of London (1603), and Weever’s Ancient Funerall Monuments (1631) the essay charts the different strategies developed to come to terms with the painful memories of the Reformation, which constitute the thematic concern of these texts, as well as memory culture profoundly shaped by the forces of oblivion.

Statistics

Altmetrics

Downloads

0 downloads since deposited on 03 Feb 2021
0 downloads since 12 months

Additional indexing

Item Type:Book Section, not_refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > English Department
Dewey Decimal Classification:820 English & Old English literatures
Language:English
Date:2020
Deposited On:03 Feb 2021 08:24
Last Modified:11 Feb 2021 07:43
Publisher:Routledge
ISBN:9780429054846
OA Status:Closed
Related URLs:https://www.taylorfrancis.com/chapters/inheritance-loss-isabel-karremann/e/10.4324/9780429054846-3?context=ubx&refId=54a4ef24-31a9-491f-bf94-42cbbc4c2a48

Download

Closed Access: Download allowed only for UZH members