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The Arts of Remembrance in Early Modern England: Memorial Cultures of the Post Reformation

The Arts of Remembrance in Early Modern England: Memorial Cultures of the Post Reformation

1st Edition

Andrew Gordon, Thomas Rist
November 17, 2016

The early modern period inherited a deeply-ingrained culture of Christian remembrance that proved a platform for creativity in a remarkable variety of forms. From the literature of church ritual to the construction of monuments; from portraiture to the arrangement of domestic interiors; from the...

Authority in European Book Culture 1400-1600

Authority in European Book Culture 1400-1600

1st Edition

Pollie Bromilow
November 11, 2016

Through its many and varied manifestations, authority has frequently played a role in the communication process in both manuscript and print. This volume explores how authority, whether religious, intellectual, political or social, has enforced the circulation of certain texts and text versions, or...

Railing, Reviling, and Invective in English Literary Culture, 1588-1617: The Anti-Poetics of Theater and Print

Railing, Reviling, and Invective in English Literary Culture, 1588-1617: The Anti-Poetics of Theater and Print

1st Edition

Maria Teresa Micaela Prendergast
October 17, 2016

Railing, Reviling, and Invective in English Literary Culture, 1588-1617 is the first book to consider railing plays and pamphlets as participating in a coherent literary movement that dominated much of the English literary landscape during the late Elizabethan/early Jacobean period. Author...

Bible Readers and Lay Writers in Early Modern England: Gender and Self-Definition in an Emergent Writing Culture

Bible Readers and Lay Writers in Early Modern England: Gender and Self-Definition in an Emergent Writing Culture

1st Edition

Kate Narveson
September 09, 2016

Bible Readers and Lay Writers in Early Modern England studies how immersion in the Bible among layfolk gave rise to a non-professional writing culture, one of the first instances of ordinary people taking up the pen as part of their daily lives. Kate Narveson examines the development of the...

Margaret Fell, Letters, and the Making of Quakerism

Margaret Fell, Letters, and the Making of Quakerism

1st Edition

Marjon Ames
August 17, 2016

Intensely persecuted during the English Interregnum, early Quakers left a detailed record of the suffering they endured for their faith. Margaret Fell, Letters, and the Making of Quakerism is the first book to connect the suffering experience with the communication network that drew the...

Manuscript Miscellanies in Early Modern England

Manuscript Miscellanies in Early Modern England

1st Edition

Joshua Eckhardt, Daniel Starza Smith
August 19, 2014

Perhaps more than any other kind of book, manuscript miscellanies require a complex and ’material’ reading strategy. This collection of essays engages the renewed and expanding interest in early modern English miscellanies, anthologies, and other compilations. Manuscript Miscellanies in Early...

Ovidian Bibliofictions and the Tudor Book: Metamorphosing Classical Heroines in Late Medieval and Renaissance England

Ovidian Bibliofictions and the Tudor Book: Metamorphosing Classical Heroines in Late Medieval and Renaissance England

1st Edition

Lindsay Ann Reid
August 11, 2014

Ovidian Bibliofictions and the Tudor Book examines the historical and the fictionalized reception of Ovid’s poetry in the literature and books of Tudor England. It does so through the study of a particular set of Ovidian narratives-namely, those concerning the protean heroines of the Heroides and...

The Age of Thomas Nashe: Text, Bodies and Trespasses of Authorship in Early Modern England

The Age of Thomas Nashe: Text, Bodies and Trespasses of Authorship in Early Modern England

1st Edition

Stephen Guy-Bray, Joan Pong Linton
November 06, 2013

Traditional literary criticism once treated Thomas Nashe as an Elizabethan oddity, difficult to understand or value. He was described as an unrestrained stylist, venomous polemicist, unreliable source, and closet pornographer. But today this flamboyant writer sits at the center of many trends in...

The Elizabethan Top Ten: Defining Print Popularity in Early Modern England

The Elizabethan Top Ten: Defining Print Popularity in Early Modern England

1st Edition

Emma Smith, Andy Kesson
August 22, 2013

Engaging with histories of the book and of reading, as well as with studies of material culture, this volume explores ’popularity’ in early modern English writings. Is ’popular’ best described as a theoretical or an empirical category in this period? How can we account for the gap between modern...

Tottel's Songes and Sonettes in Context

Tottel's Songes and Sonettes in Context

1st Edition

Stephen Hamrick
April 24, 2013

Though printer Richard Tottel’s Songes and Sonettes (1557) remains the most influential poetic collection printed in the sixteenth century, the compiliation has long been ignored or misundertood by scholars of early modern English culture. Embracing a broad range of critical and historical...

Epistolary Community in Print, 1580–1664

Epistolary Community in Print, 1580–1664

1st Edition

Diana G. Barnes
January 28, 2013

Epistolary Community in Print contends that the printed letter is an inherently sociable genre ideally suited to the theorisation of community in early modern England. In manual, prose or poetic form, printed letter collections make private matters public, and in so doing reveal, first how tenuous...

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