Untold Futures : Time and Literary Culture in Renaissance England / J. K. Barret.
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- Ithaca, NY : Cornell University Press, 
1 online resource : 5 halftones
- English literature -- Early modern, 1500-1700 -- History and criticism.
Time in literature.
- Local subjects:
Medieval & Renaissance Studies.
temporal consciousness, nostalgia, memory, modernity, periodization.
- In English.
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- Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web.
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- In Untold Futures, J. K. Barret locates models for recovering the variety of futures imagined within some of our most foundational literature. These poems, plays, and prose fictions reveal how Renaissance writers embraced uncertain potential to think about their own present moment and their own place in time. The history of the future that Barret reconstructs looks beyond futures implicitly dismissed as impossible or aftertimes defined by inevitability and fixed perspective. Chapters on Philip Sidney's Old Arcadia, Edmund Spenser's The Faerie Queene, William Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus, Antony and Cleopatra, and Cymbeline, and John Milton's Paradise Lost trace instead a persistent interest in an indeterminate, earthly future evident in literary constructions that foreground anticipation and expectation.Barret argues that the temporal perspectives embedded in these literary texts unsettle some of our most familiar points of reference for the period by highlighting an emerging cultural self-consciousness capable of registering earthly futures predicated on the continued sameness of time rather than radical ruptures in it. Rather than mapping a particular future, these writers generate imaginative access to a range of futures. Barret makes a strong case for the role of language itself in emerging conceptualizations of temporality.
List of Illustrations
Chapter 1. Promising the Future: The Language of Obligation in Sidney's Old Arcadia
Chapter 2. The History of the Future: Spenser's The Faerie Queene and the Directions of Time
Chapter 3. The Fiction of the Future: Dangerous Reading in Titus Andronicus
Chapter 4. Shakespeare's Second Future: Anticipatory Nostalgia in Cymbeline
Chapter 5. Imminent Futures: Absent Art and Improvised Rhyme in Antony and Cleopatra and Cymbeline
Afterword: Circles of the Future: Memory or Monument in Paradise Lost
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- De Gruyter.
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- De Gruyter University Press Library.
- Publisher Number:
- 10.7591/9781501705878 doi
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- Restricted for use by site license.
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