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« The safe memorie of dead men » : réécriture nostalgique de l’héroïsme dans l’Angleterre de la première modernité

Abstract : In A Dedication to Sir Philip Sidney (frequently referred to as The Life of the Renowned Sir Philip Sidney, the title of the 1652 edition), Fulke Greville writes that he wishes to retire from the world and find refuge in the “safe memorie of dead men”. This is confirmed by his text, since the “dedication” of his own works to Sidney becomes, “digression upon digression”, a “Life” of Sidney and a chronicle of his dead friend’s heroism. Fulke Greville defines Sidney as “a true modell of worth” and uses the codes of classical heroism in order to praise him. However, he never evokes the beauty of the heroic body, one of the main defining codes of classical heroism. That classical model is no longer valid and the absence of an attempt to describe the beauty of the body, especially at the death of Sidney, points to a shift in the definition of modern heroism.
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Christine Sukic. « The safe memorie of dead men » : réécriture nostalgique de l’héroïsme dans l’Angleterre de la première modernité. Actes des congrès de la Société française Shakespeare, Société Française Shakespeare, 2013, Shakespeare et la mémoire, pp.57-72. ⟨10.4000/shakespeare.1922⟩. ⟨hal-02511487⟩

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