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Paper wraps stone: monumental, manuscript, and printed epitaphs in eighteenth-century England

Bullard, R. (2020) Paper wraps stone: monumental, manuscript, and printed epitaphs in eighteenth-century England. In: Morris, S., Smyth, A. and Partington, G. (eds.) Inscription. Information as material (Iam), pp. 18-31. (In Press)

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Abstract/Summary

John Le Neve's Monumenta Anglicana (5 vols, 1717-19) is an overlooked but fascinating text. This article gives the first scholarly account of its pioneering characteristics -- in particular, its self-conscious use of print as a medium for memorialising the recently dead. The article argues that, rather than regarding print as a poor substitute for stone memorials as did many of his contemporaries, Le Neve explores the relationship between stone, manuscript and print as media for epitaphs, and exploits the peculiar capacity of print to record deaths in and through time.

Item Type:Book or Report Section
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science > Early Modern Research Centre (EMRC)
Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Literature and Languages > English Literature
ID Code:92250
Publisher:Information as material (Iam)

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