Voices in the Past

Voices in the Past

English Literature and Archaeology

John Hines

Hardback
$99.00

D.S.Brewer

Overview

Overview

A pioneering exploration of the scope for linking archaeology and the critical reading of literature.
This accessible and groundbreaking book... shows how literature and archaeology can illuminate each other to new and stimulating effect. Professor HELEN COOPER, University of Oxford.
Eye-opening, exciting and absorbing book... The author's close reading of familiar works... produces exciting new arguments on texts ranging from Anglo-Saxon poems to those of William Carlos Williams. Archaeologists, cultural critics, and literary scholars, medieval and modern, will all learn much from its bold insights. Professor ALLEN J. FRANTZEN, LOYOLA UNIVERSITY CHICAGO.
Voices in the Past is a pioneering exploration of the scope for linking archaeology and the critical reading of literature. It begins by introducing and comparing the theories and methods of the two subjects; Professor Hines shows how material and literary artefacts are related, arguing for a fully interdisciplinary approach as a means of gaining a deeper understanding of their meaning and value.
This new perspective is then applied to a series of texts and contexts from the Anglo-Saxon period through the High Middle Ages to the Renaissance and Restoration, the 1850s, and American modernism of the 1930s. Key topics considered are the functions and meanings of references and objects, the physical surroundings of literary performances, the emergence of books as commodities and authorship as a profession, and the role of literature in responses to accelerating material change in the modern world. Through this reading of creative writing and archaeological heritage, the author offers fresh and rewarding insights into all periods of English cultural history.
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Professor JOHN HINES teaches at the School of History and Archaeology, Cardiff University.

Details

March 2004
17 black and white illustrations
224 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
ISBN: 9780859918831
Format: Hardback
D.S.Brewer
BIC DSB, 1DBK, 2AB, 4P
BISAC LIT004130
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Reviews

Succeeds as an energetic survey that usefully brings archaeologically-defined materiality back to literary cultural studies. JOURNAL OF ENGLISH AND GERMANIC PHILOLOGY

A dazzling tour from Old English Poetry to Bleak House. BRITISH ARCHAEOLOGY

(A) significant study (that) makes an exciting contribution to cultural theory. (...) Voices in the Past is consistently interesting and challenging. Hines is one of very few scholars equipped to write with the authority and range that is apparent in the book's fusion of archaeology and literary criticism. Literary scholars in particular will learn much from this impressive book, which offers welcome new ways of listening to "voices in the past," applied with sensitivity and with rigour. ENGLISH STUDIES

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