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Untold Futures: Time and Literary Culture in Renaissance England

J. K. Barret


This book 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 the book 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, a ... More

Keywords: foundational literature, Renaissance writers, future, language, temporality, poems, plays, prose fiction

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781501702365
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501702365.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

J. K. Barret, author
University of Texas at Austin