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Monuments and Megaliths: From Stonehenge to ‘Stonage’

Angus Vine

in In Defiance of Time: Antiquarian Writing in Early Modern England

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199566198
eISBN:
9780191722462
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199566198.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature

This chapter considers the antiquarian response to ancient monuments through a detailed account of early modern discussions of Stonehenge. The Wiltshire stone circle enthralled the antiquaries, but ... More


Stone: An Ecology of the Inhuman

Jeffrey Jerome Cohen

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780816692576
eISBN:
9781452950785
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816692576.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, General

Stone maps the force, vivacity, and stories within our most mundane matter, stone. For too long stone has served as an unexamined metaphor for the “really real”: blunt factuality, nature’s curt ... More


Excursus: A Heart Unknown

Jeffrey Jerome Cohen

in Stone: An Ecology of the Inhuman

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780816692576
eISBN:
9781452950785
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816692576.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, General

Stone’s function as human memorial is discussed.


Afterword: Iceland

Jeffrey Jerome Cohen

in Stone: An Ecology of the Inhuman

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780816692576
eISBN:
9781452950785
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816692576.003.0009
Subject:
Philosophy, General

Iceland offers a lesson of stone’s impermanence: it moves like any liquid, restless and ephemeral.


Pagan Britain

Ronald Hutton

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780300197716
eISBN:
9780300198584
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300197716.001.0001
Subject:
History, Ancient History / Archaeology

Britain's pagan past, with its mysterious monuments, atmospheric sites, enigmatic artifacts, bloodthirsty legends, and cryptic inscriptions, is both enthralling and perplexing to a resident of the ... More


The Late Neolithic and Early Bronze Age: The Time of The Sacred Circle

Ronald Hutton

in Pagan Britain

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780300197716
eISBN:
9780300198584
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300197716.003.0003
Subject:
History, Ancient History / Archaeology

The monumental forms of Early to the Late Neolithic include round ceremonial enclosures and circular settings for the burial of human remains. In Ireland, the developed passage grave or passage tomb ... More


Merlin: Magic, Miracles, and Marvels

Karen Sullivan

in The Danger of Romance: Truth, Fantasy, and Arthurian Fictions

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780226540122
eISBN:
9780226540436
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226540436.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

In the twelfth and early thirteenth centuries, medieval thinkers disagreed about what they called “marvels,” that is, phenomena in the natural world that cannot be understood according to the laws of ... More


Introduction: Stories of Stone

Jeffrey Jerome Cohen

in Stone: An Ecology of the Inhuman

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780816692576
eISBN:
9781452950785
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816692576.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, General

The introduction maps how a geologically-inflected materialism opens new literary vistas. It discusses Job, Aldo Leopold, Bruno Latour, Graham Harman, Sisyphus and others of geological note.


Geophilia: The Love of Stone

Jeffrey Jerome Cohen

in Stone: An Ecology of the Inhuman

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780816692576
eISBN:
9781452950785
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816692576.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, General

The first chapter examines geophilia, a shared desire between humans and stones for endurance, creativity, and art.


Excursus: The Weight of the Past

Jeffrey Jerome Cohen

in Stone: An Ecology of the Inhuman

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780816692576
eISBN:
9781452950785
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816692576.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, General

The author explores Bordeaux, Paris, and Montparnasse and contemplates stone’s legacy in the city.


Time: The Insistence of Stone

Jeffrey Jerome Cohen

in Stone: An Ecology of the Inhuman

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780816692576
eISBN:
9781452950785
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816692576.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, General

“Time” looks at deep time as understood now and in the Middle Ages, detailing how fossils arrive into history rich with stories of cataclysm and a call to inventiveness.


Force: The Adventure of Stone

Jeffrey Jerome Cohen

in Stone: An Ecology of the Inhuman

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780816692576
eISBN:
9781452950785
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816692576.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, General

“Force” investigates how stone works as both a magnet, drawing attention and desire, and a propulsive force, disrupting and moving just when we assume bedrock to be still.


Excursus: Geologic

Jeffrey Jerome Cohen

in Stone: An Ecology of the Inhuman

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780816692576
eISBN:
9781452950785
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816692576.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, General

The author explores Scotland and ponders how stone represents a people’s history.


Soul: The Life of Stone

Jeffrey Jerome Cohen

in Stone: An Ecology of the Inhuman

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780816692576
eISBN:
9781452950785
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816692576.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, General

“Life” considers how some people have been locked into a Stone Age by others in order to dispossess them, then details how stone’s liveliness provides a countermovement and queer vitality.


Stonehenge and Avebury: A Ritual and Ceremonial Landscape?

D. W. Harding

in Rewriting History: Changing Perceptions of the Past

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9780198817734
eISBN:
9780191887949
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198817734.003.0009
Subject:
Classical Studies, Archaeology: Non-Classical

As Britain’s foremost prehistoric monument, Stonehenge illustrates changing fashions in interpretation of, and public and professional attitudes towards, the national archaeological heritage over at ... More


Stonehenge and the Druids: Antiquarian Controversy in Restoration England

Kelsey Jackson Williams

in The Antiquary: John Aubrey's Historical Scholarship

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780198784296
eISBN:
9780191827808
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198784296.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature, Mythology and Folklore

Aubrey is famous for his groundbreaking survey of Stonehenge and his identification of it and similar megalithic stone circles as Druidic temples. This chapter explores how his study of prehistoric ... More


Ebenezer Sibly’s Wondrous Library

Susan Mitchell Sommers

in The Siblys of London: A Family on the Esoteric Fringes of Georgian England

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780190687328
eISBN:
9780190687359
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190687328.003.0014
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

Scholars of esotericism often cite Ebenezer Sibly as a key figure in the transmission of early modern knowledge of the arcane to its “rediscovery” in the nineteenth century. Their explanation of his ... More


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