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Published: 25 February 2020

320 Pages | 11 Illustrations


ISBN: 9780198851424

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Imagining Inheritance from Chaucer to Shakespeare

Alex Davis

  • Explores how inheritance was imagined between the lifetimes of Chaucer and Shakespeare
  • Studies poetry, prose, and drama, and discusses inheritance in relation to a range of themes including religion and the development of a world system of trade
  • Deals with both medieval and early modern / Renaissance writing and brings into contact materials commonly discussed separately
  • Argues that while inheritance dominates the 'premodern' world of medieval and Renaissance writing, it persists into a modernity that has rejected inheritance as an ideal but within which it continues as a social practice