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Text/events in early modern England : poetics of history /
Sandra Logan.
imprint
Aldershot Hants, England ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate, 2007.
description
viii, 360 p.
ISBN
0754655865 (alk. paper), 9780754655862 (alk. paper)
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imprint
Aldershot Hants, England ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate, 2007.
isbn
0754655865 (alk. paper)
9780754655862 (alk. paper)
contents note
Contemporary events and accounts. "Writing doth remain" : accounts of the coronation entry of Elizabeth I -- Inscribing performance : art and artlessness at Kenilworth, 1575 -- Invocations of the past. Chronicling the English past : child kings, the succession question, and Richard II -- The drama of history : "counterfait" representations and lively patterns.
catalogue key
6206935
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Engaging with a range of events-historical moments, theatrical performances, public presentations and courtly intrigue - and the texts that record them, this book explores representational practice as a component of Elizabethan political culture.
Long Description
Engaging with a range of events-historical moments, theatrical performances, public presentations, and courtly intrigues-and the texts that record them, this book explores representational practice as a component of Elizabethan political culture. Considering the inscriptive production of mediated, indirect experience as an authorial challenge to the value of the immediate, direct experience of events, and conversely, recognizing the multi-valent impact of theatrical performance and performativity as a reinvigoration of the immediate, this study traces the emergence of 'realness' as a textual effect and a mode of political intervention. This interactive, refractive nexus of experience and inscription comprises what Sandra Logan calls the 'text/event'.The four primary foci of this investigation-the 1558 coronation entry; the 1575 entertainments at Kenilworth; the 1590s dramatizations of the reign of Richard II; and the Essex trial of 1601-serve as exempla of four moments in the reign of Elizabeth I which suggest an increasingly complex interaction between events and texts developing in the last half of the sixteenth century. Logan argues that, in representing England's recent and distant past, a wide range of social subjects engaged in a struggle for intellectual credibility and social viability, and in the process generated a contingent public sphere within which history, framed as a coherent narrative shaped by causal relationships, was brought to bear on the concerns of the Elizabethan present and future. Assessing how these chronicles, short prose histories, and historical dramas each made use of the materials and techniques of the others, blurring the distinctions between historiography and poetry, as well as between past and present, Logan considers the conjunctions between the development of new genres and perceptions about inscription and experience, and changing socioeconomic institutions and practices.
Main Description
Engaging with the mutually constitutive conjunctions of experience and inscription in Elizabethan England-what Sandra Logan calls the 'text/event'-this study considers multiple accounts of four historical events: Elizabeth's 1558 coronation entry; the 1575 Kenilworth entertainments; the reign of Richard II; and the 1601 Essex trial. The book traces an emergent trend in representational practice, whereby popular accounts produce a sense of immediate experience that is richer and more intimate than the event itself.
Table of Contents
Introduction
Contemporary Elizabethan Events and Accounts
'Writing doth remain': accounts of the coronation entry of Elizabeth I
Inscribing performance: art and artlessness at Kenilworth, 1575
Invocations of the Past
Chronicling the English past: child-kings, the succession question, and Richard II
The drama of history: 'counterfait' representations and 'lively patterns'
Bibliography
Index
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