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Mythologies of Internal Exile in Elizabethan Verse: Six Studies

Mythologies of Internal Exile in Elizabethan Verse: Six Studies

1st Edition

A.D. Cousins
October 17, 2018

Writers of the English Renaissance, like their European contemporaries, frequently reflect on the phenomenon of exile—an experience that forces the individual to establish a new personal identity in an alien environment. Although there has been much commentary on this phenomenon as represented in...

The Early Modern Grotesque: English Sources and Documents 1500-1700

The Early Modern Grotesque: English Sources and Documents 1500-1700

1st Edition

Liam E Semler
October 17, 2018

  The Early Modern Grotesque: English Sources and Documents 1500-1700 offers readers a large and fully annotated collection of primary source texts addressing the grotesque in the English Renaissance. The sources are arranged chronologically in 120 numbered items with accompanying explanatory...

Blood and Home in Early Modern Drama: Domestic Identity on the Renaissance Stage

Blood and Home in Early Modern Drama: Domestic Identity on the Renaissance Stage

1st Edition

Ariane M. Balizet
August 23, 2018

In this volume, the author argues that blood was, crucially, a means by which dramatists negotiated shifting contours of domesticity in 16th and 17th century England. Early modern English drama vividly addressed contemporary debates over an expanding idea of "the domestic," which encompassed the...

Eros and Music in Early Modern Culture and Literature

Eros and Music in Early Modern Culture and Literature

1st Edition

Claire Bardelmann
May 16, 2018

What is the relationship between Eros and music? How does the intersection of love and music contribute to define the perimeter of Early Modern love? The Early Moderns hold parallel discourses on the metaphysical doctrines of love and music as theories of harmony. Statements of love as music, of...

Jonson, the Poetomachia, and the Reformation of Renaissance Satire: Purging Satire

Jonson, the Poetomachia, and the Reformation of Renaissance Satire: Purging Satire

1st Edition

Jay Simons
May 16, 2018

Does satire have the ability to effect social reform? If so, what satiric style is most effective in bringing about reform? This book explores how Renaissance poet and playwright Ben Jonson negotiated contemporary pressures to forge a satiric persona and style uniquely his own. These pressures were...

Donne’s God

Donne’s God

1st Edition

P.M. Oliver
May 10, 2018

His contemporaries recognised John Donne (1572-1631) as a completely new kind of poet. He was, wrote one enthusiast, ‘Copernicus in Poetrie’. But in the winter of 1614-15 Donne abandoned part-time versification for full-time priestly ministry, quickly becoming one of the most popular preachers of...

Jewish and Christian Voices in English Reformation Biblical Drama: Enacting Family and Monarchy

Jewish and Christian Voices in English Reformation Biblical Drama: Enacting Family and Monarchy

1st Edition

Chanita Goodblatt
February 12, 2018

English Biblical drama of the sixteenth century resounds with a variety of Jewish and Christian voices. Whether embodied as characters or manifested as exegetical and performative strategies, these voices participate in the central Reformation project of biblical translation. Such translations and...

Satire in the Elizabethan Era: An Activistic Art

Satire in the Elizabethan Era: An Activistic Art

1st Edition

William Jones
December 01, 2017

This book argues that the satire of the late Elizabethan period goes far beyond generic rhetorical persuasion, but is instead intentionally engaged in a literary mission of transideological "perceptual translation." This reshaping of cultural orthodoxies is interpreted in this study as both...

John Bunyan’s Imaginary Writings in Context

John Bunyan’s Imaginary Writings in Context

1st Edition

Nancy Rosenfeld
October 03, 2017

Within the last half-century, early scholarly approaches and analysis of John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress have seen siginificant advances in mandating and enabling a more contextualized view of Bunyan’s oeuvre. Utilizing this fresh examination of context, John Bunyan’s Imaginary Writings in Context...

Forms of Hypocrisy in Early Modern England

Forms of Hypocrisy in Early Modern England

1st Edition

Lucia Nigri, Naya Tsentourou
September 07, 2017

This collection examines the widespread phenomenon of hypocrisy in literary, theological, political, and social circles in England during the years after the Reformation and up to the Restoration. Bringing together current critical work on early modern subjectivity, performance, print history, and...

Patrons and Patron Saints in Early Modern English Literature

Patrons and Patron Saints in Early Modern English Literature

1st Edition

Alison Chapman
May 31, 2017

This book visits the fact that, in the pre-modern world, saints and lords served structurally similar roles, acting as patrons to those beneath them on the spiritual or social ladder with the word "patron" used to designate both types of elite sponsor. Chapman argues that this elision of patron...

Mendacity and the Figure of the Liar in Seventeenth-Century French Comedy

Mendacity and the Figure of the Liar in Seventeenth-Century French Comedy

1st Edition

Emilia Wilton-Godberfforde
May 30, 2017

The first book-length study devoted to this topic, Mendacity and the Figure of the Liar in Seventeenth-Century French Comedy offers an important contribution to scholarship on the theatre as well as on early modern attitudes in France, specifically on the subject of lying and deception. Unusually...

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