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Speaking With the Dead: Explorations in Literature and History

Jurgen Pieters


This book deals with the special power of literary texts to put us in contact with the past. A large number of authors, coming from different ages, have described this power in terms of ‘the conversation with the dead’: when these texts are read, we somehow find ourselves conducting a special kind of dialogue with dead authors. The book covers a number of texts and authors that make use of this metaphor: Petrarch, Machiavelli, Sidney, Flaubert, Michelet, Barthes. In connecting these texts and authors in novel ways, it tackles the all-important question of why we remain fascinated with literatu ... More

Keywords: Petrarch, Machiavelli, Sidney, Flaubert, Michelet, Barthes, New Historicism, Homer, Virgil, Dante

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780748615889
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748615889.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jurgen Pieters, author