John Dee as a cultural hero

Szonyi, Gyorgy E. and Wymer, Rowland (2011) John Dee as a cultural hero. European Journal of English Studies. ISSN 1382-5577

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Abstract

John Dee, ‘Queen Elizabeth’s conjuror’, as a recent biography has called him, has attracted considerable attention during the twentieth and twenty-first centuries among intellectual historians of the English Renaissance, including historians of science. During the last two decades especially there has been a steady flow of publications. Dee has also featured in a growing body of literary and popular fiction, films, plays, multimedia performances, graphic novels, and operas. The present paper reviews a range of this material and demonstrates that, particularly since the 1960s, the figure of Dee has performed a number of different cultural functions, sometimes appearing more as vulnerable human being than magus, but appealing particularly to those artists who, like Derek Jarman, see him as epitomising a dream of transformative and visionary power with close analogies to the way the creative imagination itself works.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Citation: Szonyi, G.E. and Wymer, R., 2011. John Dee as a cultural hero. European Journal of English Studies, 15(3), pp.189-209..
Faculty: Faculty of Arts, Law & Social Sciences
Depositing User: Mr I Walker
Date Deposited: 20 May 2013 13:00
Last Modified: 07 Jul 2016 12:50
URI: http://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/292381

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