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Women’s Prophetic Writings in Seventeenth-Century Britain

Women’s Prophetic Writings in Seventeenth-Century Britain

1st Edition

Carme Font
May 04, 2017

This study examines women’s prophetic writings in seventeenth-century Britain as the literary outcome of a discourse of social transformation that integrates religious conscience, political participation, and gender identity. The following pages approach prophecy as a culture, a language, and a...

Experiencing Drama in the English Renaissance: Readers and Audiences

Experiencing Drama in the English Renaissance: Readers and Audiences

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Akihiro Yamada
May 03, 2017

This book investigates the complex interactions, through experiencing drama, of readers and audiences in the English Renaissance. Around 1500 an absolute majority of population was illiterate. Henry VIII’s religious reformation changed this cultural structure of society. ‘The Act for the...

Gender, Speech, and Audience Reception in Early Modern England

Gender, Speech, and Audience Reception in Early Modern England

1st Edition

Kathleen Kalpin Smith
March 28, 2017

This book makes a significant contribution to recent scholarship on the ways in which women responded to the regulation of their behavior by focusing on representations of women speakers and their audiences in moments Smith identifies as "scenes of speech." This new approach, examining speech...

Androids and Intelligent Networks in Early Modern Literature and Culture: Artificial Slaves

Androids and Intelligent Networks in Early Modern Literature and Culture: Artificial Slaves

1st Edition

Kevin LaGrandeur
February 16, 2017

Awarded a 2014 Science Fiction and Technoculture Studies Prize Honourable Mention. This book explores the creation and use of artificially made humanoid servants and servant networks by fictional and non-fictional scientists of the early modern period. Beginning with an investigation of the roots...

Twins in Early Modern English Drama and Shakespeare

Twins in Early Modern English Drama and Shakespeare

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Daisy Murray
January 25, 2017

This volume investigates the early modern understanding of twinship through new readings of plays, informed by discussions of twins appearing in such literature as anatomy tracts, midwifery manuals, monstrous birth broadsides, and chapbooks. The book contextualizes such dramatic representations of...

Enchantment and Dis-enchantment in Shakespeare and Early Modern Drama: Wonder, the Sacred, and the Supernatural

Enchantment and Dis-enchantment in Shakespeare and Early Modern Drama: Wonder, the Sacred, and the Supernatural

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Nandini Das, Nick Davis
December 28, 2016

This volume addresses dealings with the wondrous, magical, holy, sacred, sainted, numinous, uncanny, auratic, and sacral in the plays of Shakespeare and contemporaries, produced in an era often associated with the irresistible rise of a thinned-out secular rationalism. By starting from the literary...

Milton's Italy: Anglo-Italian Literature, Travel, and Connections in Seventeenth-Century England

Milton's Italy: Anglo-Italian Literature, Travel, and Connections in Seventeenth-Century England

1st Edition

Catherine Martin
December 22, 2016

This book joins a growing trend toward transnational literary studies and revives a venerable tradition of Anglo-Italian scholarship centering on John Milton. Correcting misperceptions that have diminished the international dimensions of his life and work, it broadly surveys Milton’s Italianate...

The Renaissance and the Postmodern: A Study in Comparative Critical Values

The Renaissance and the Postmodern: A Study in Comparative Critical Values

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Thomas L Martin, Duke Pesta
May 16, 2016

The Renaissance and the Postmodern reconsiders postmodern readings of Renaissance texts by engaging in a dialectics the authors call comparative critical values. Rather than concede the contemporary hierarchy of theory over literature, the book takes the novel approach of consulting major...

Writing, Geometry and Space in Seventeenth-Century England and America: Circles in the Sand

Writing, Geometry and Space in Seventeenth-Century England and America: Circles in the Sand

1st Edition

Jess Edwards
April 24, 2016

The early modern map has come to mark the threshold of modernity, cutting through the layered customs of Medieval parochialism with its clean, expansive geometries. Re-thinking the role played by mathematics and cartography in the English seventeenth century, this book argues that the cultural...

Male-to-Female Crossdressing in Early Modern English Literature: Gender, Performance, and Queer Relations

Male-to-Female Crossdressing in Early Modern English Literature: Gender, Performance, and Queer Relations

1st Edition

Simone Chess
April 20, 2016

This volume examines and theorizes the oft-ignored phenomenon of male-to-female (MTF) crossdressing in early modern drama, prose, and poetry, inviting MTF crossdressing episodes to take a fuller place alongside instances of female-to-male crossdressing and boy actors’ crossdressing, which have long...

Imagining Arcadia in Renaissance Romance

Imagining Arcadia in Renaissance Romance

1st Edition

Marsha S. Collins
April 06, 2016

From Theocritus’ Idylls to James Cameron’s Avatar, Arcadia remains an enduring presence in world culture and a persistent source of creative inspiration. Why does Arcadia still exercise such a powerful pull on the imagination? This book responds by arguing that in sixteenth-century Europe, a...

Early Modern Constructions of Europe: Literature, Culture, History

Early Modern Constructions of Europe: Literature, Culture, History

1st Edition

Florian Kläger, Gerd Bayer
February 24, 2016

Between the medieval conception of Christendom and the political visions of modernity, ideas of Europe underwent a transformative and catalytic period that saw a cultural process of renewed self-definition or self-Europeanization. The contributors to this volume address this process, analyzing how...

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