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Fulke Greville and the Culture of the English Renaissance$
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Russ Leo, Katrin Röder, and Freya Sierhuis

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198823445

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198823445.001.0001

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Writing and the Hermeneutics of Posthumous Publication

Writing and the Hermeneutics of Posthumous Publication

Greville’s Afterlives

(p.279) 16 Writing and the Hermeneutics of Posthumous Publication
Fulke Greville and the Culture of the English Renaissance

Gavin Alexander

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines Greville’s understanding of the afterlife of a man and his writings, and attempts to look at Greville’s afterlife in terms of that understanding. Greville was an author deeply interested in the past who aimed his writings determinedly at a posthumous readership: what is the relation between these two guiding perspectives, and what was the impact on Greville’s hermeneutics of his experience of Sidney’s posthumous publication and reception? The chapter first looks at what sort of hermeneutic activity seems to be expected and prepared for by Greville (how does the past have meaning for the present? how may the present have meaning for the future?). It then examines the broad outlines, and some particular details, of the posthumous dissemination of his works in the seventeenth century.

Keywords:   afterlife, posthumous, publication, manuscript, print, hermeneutics, reception, Greville, Fulke

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