"If the past is indeed a foreign country, then how can we make sense of its richness and difference, without approaching it on our terms alone? 'Pre-histories' and 'afterlives', methods that have emerged in recent work by Terence Cave, offer new ways of shaping the stories we tell of the past and the analyses we offer. In this volume, distinguished contributors engage in a dialogue with these two new critical methods, exploring their uses in a range of contexts, disciplines, languages and periods. The contributors are Terence Cave, Marian Hobson, Anna Holland, Neil Kenny, Mary McKinley, Richard Scholar, Kate E. Tunstall, and Wes Williams."

chapter |13 pages


chapter 1|13 pages

Passions, Emotions, and Pre-Histories

chapter 4|19 pages

Early Modern Swansongs

chapter 7|14 pages

Diderot’s Neveu de Rameau

Rear-Mirror View (I), or, Using What is in Front and in the Future to Understand What is Past

chapter |12 pages

Epilogue Time’s Arrow 1