|aSkepticism and memory in Shakespeare and Donne /|cAnita Gilman Sherman.
|aNew York :|bPalgrave Macmillan,|c2007.
|axvi, 240 p. :|bill. ;|c22 cm.
|aIncludes bibliographical references (p. -232) and index.
|aThe art of doubt -- Forgetting knowledge in Donne's Anniversaries -- Disowning the art of memory in Shakespeare's The winter's tale -- Acknowledging the past in Donne's Ignatius his conclave -- Experiencing freedom from the past in Shakespeare and Fletcher's All is true -- Skeptical epitaphs and prospective memory in Donne and Shakespeare.
|aThis book argues that in the course of grappling with skepticism, Shakespeare and Donne revolutionize the art of memory and discover an art of doubt. Topics important to students of Renaissance literature-such as mimesis, exemplarity, pastoral and typology-become transformed, seen now as a set of vital responses to the incursion of skeptical doubt. By discussing the aesthetics of memorialization, the representation of collective memory, and ideas of women as countermonuments, the book investigates how Donne and Shakespeare respond to epistemological uncertainty. The book should interest admirers of Shakespeare and Donne as well as those intrigued by Stanley Cavell and the avenues he has opened up for a new philosophical literary criticism.