How Archaeological Artifacts Inspire Imagination. A Study of Two Dozen Poets and Novelists Who Describe the Prehistoric Past
|Author: ||Wyatt, John|
This is a study in cultural history, tracing the relationship between Archaeology and Literature. It relates how archaeology became involved in literary expression. The author's aim is to study 'authors who engaged in a practical manner with the exploration of prehistory, and out that experience, created literature.'
"Literary criticism and archaeology illuminate one another; they can easily be enlisted as metaphors for one another; they share processes of interpretation, analysis and evaluation. As there is an affinity between material artifacts and literature so there is an equally close affinity between the scholarly disciplines dedicated to the study of both fields. There is an increment of understanding when the archaeologist adopts processes and insights of the literary critic and vice versa. John Wyatt's thoughtful, absorbing groundbreaking book points the way to a more inclusive, broader and deeper form of total cultural history.
Professor James Sambrook,
The University of Southampton
Table of Contents
Foreword by James Sambrook
Section One: Speculating on the Meaning of Visible Antiquities
Section Two: Early Digging, Archaeology Emerging Out of Antiquarianism to a Wider World
Section Three: Archaeology Comes of Age
Section Four: Classifying Time: Consolidating Discoveries: A New Age Responds to the Oldest Ages
Section Five: Imagination Following Process: The Short Twentieth Century
Section Six: Interpreting Archaeology: The Personal Meaning of Place
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