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Privy Tokens: Wastepaper in Early Modern England, 1536-1680

Reynolds, Anna (2017) Privy Tokens: Wastepaper in Early Modern England, 1536-1680. PhD thesis, University of York.

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This thesis considers the importance of wastepaper in early modern England. More than a rhetorical trope, I argue that repurposed pages were both materially and figuratively useful. Drawing on a range of textual and archival sources, I show how layers of meaning developed around paper fragments in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, and that, because of a widespread sensitivity to the life cycle of paper, visible in its surfaces and folds, wasted pages prompted imaginative work. With particular attention to how waste objects serve as palimpsests of multiple events and histories, I consider how wastepaper intersected with ideas of temporality, and how it came to be a potent emblem, or 'thing to think with', in the period.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
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Academic Units: The University of York > English and Related Literature (York)
Depositing User: Ms Anna Reynolds
Date Deposited: 11 Jun 2018 09:49
Last Modified: 11 Jun 2018 09:49
URI: http://etheses.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/20447

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