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The Resource Death and tenses : posthumous presence in early modern France, Neil Kenny, (electronic resource)

Death and tenses : posthumous presence in early modern France, Neil Kenny, (electronic resource)

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Death and tenses : posthumous presence in early modern France
Title
Death and tenses
Title remainder
posthumous presence in early modern France
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Neil Kenny
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Language
eng
Summary
In what tense should we refer to the dead? The question has long been asked, from Cicero to Julian Barnes. Answering it is partly a matter of grammar and stylistic convention. But the hesitation, annoyance, even distress that can be caused by the ‘wrong’ tense suggests that more may be at stake: our very relation to the dead. This book investigates how tenses were used in sixteenth- and early seventeenth-century France (especially in French but also in Latin) to refer to dead friends, lovers, family members, enemies, colleagues, writers, officials, monarchs—and to those who had died long before, whether Christ, the saints, or the ancient Greeks and Romans who posthumously filled the minds of Renaissance humanists. Did tenses refer to the dead in ways that contributed to granting them differing degrees of presence (and absence)? Did tenses communicate dimensions of posthumous presence (and absence) that partly eluded more concept-based affirmations? The investigation ranges from funerary and devotional writing to Eucharistic theology, from poetry to humanist paratexts, from Rabelais’s prose fiction to Montaigne’s Essais. Primarily a work of literary and cultural history, it also draws on early modern grammatical thought and on modern linguistics (with its concept of aspect and its questioning of ‘tense’), while arguing that neither can fully explain the phenomena studied. The book briefly compares early modern usage with tendencies in modern French and English in the West, asking whether changes in belief about posthumous survival have been accompanied by changes in tense-use.--
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Kenny, Neil
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non fiction
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UPSO (University Press Scholarship Online)
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University Press Scholarship eBooks
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  • French literature
  • French literature
  • Death in literature
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Death and tenses : posthumous presence in early modern France, Neil Kenny, (electronic resource)
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https://www-oxfordscholarship-com.ezproxy.eui.eu/view/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198754039.001.0001/acprof-9780198754039
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online resource
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ybp12726119
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First edition.
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1 online resource.
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online
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Use of this electronic resource may be governed by a license agreement which restricts use to the European University Institute community. Each user is responsible for limiting use to individual, non-commercial purposes, without systematically downloading, distributing, or retaining substantial portions of information, provided that all copyright and other proprietary notices contained on the materials are retained. The use of software, including scripts, agents, or robots, is generally prohibited and may result in the loss of access to these resources for the entire European University Institute community
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9780191815782
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computer
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rdamedia
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  • c
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remote
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(OCoLC)936091076
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Death and tenses : posthumous presence in early modern France, Neil Kenny, (electronic resource)
Link
https://www-oxfordscholarship-com.ezproxy.eui.eu/view/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198754039.001.0001/acprof-9780198754039
Publication
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online resource
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  • cr
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ybp12726119
Dimensions
unknown
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 online resource.
Form of item
online
Governing access note
Use of this electronic resource may be governed by a license agreement which restricts use to the European University Institute community. Each user is responsible for limiting use to individual, non-commercial purposes, without systematically downloading, distributing, or retaining substantial portions of information, provided that all copyright and other proprietary notices contained on the materials are retained. The use of software, including scripts, agents, or robots, is generally prohibited and may result in the loss of access to these resources for the entire European University Institute community
Isbn
9780191815782
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)936091076

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