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Ecocriticism and Early Modern English Literature: Green Pastures

Ecocriticism and Early Modern English Literature: Green Pastures

1st Edition

Todd A. Borlik
May 30, 2012

In this timely new study, Todd A. Borlik reveals the surprisingly rich potential for the emergent "green" criticism to yield fresh insights into early modern English literature. Deftly avoiding the anachronistic casting of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century authors as modern environmentalists, he...

Representing the Plague in Early Modern England

Representing the Plague in Early Modern England

1st Edition

Rebecca Totaro, Ernest B. Gilman
April 20, 2012

This collection offers readers a timely encounter with the historical experience of people adapting to a pandemic emergency and the corresponding narrative representation of that crisis, as early modern writers transformed the plague into literature. The essays examine the impact of the plague on...

Family and the State in Early Modern Revenge Drama: Economies of Vengeance

Family and the State in Early Modern Revenge Drama: Economies of Vengeance

1st Edition

Chris McMahon
December 22, 2011

In this book, McMahon considers Early Modern revenge plays from a political science perspective, paying particular attention to the construction of family and state institutions. Plays set for close study are The Spanish Tragedy, Hamlet, The Revenger’s Tragedy, The Malcontent and The Duchess of...

Fictions of Old Age in Early Modern Literature and Culture

Fictions of Old Age in Early Modern Literature and Culture

1st Edition

Nina Taunton
August 15, 2011

Fiction of Old Age in Early Modern Literature and Culture is a new and timely exploration of the issues and circumstances at work in representations of old age in the early modern period. It deals with both factual and literary material drawn from a range of genres as a means of rounding out...

Making Publics in Early Modern Europe: People, Things, Forms of Knowledge

Making Publics in Early Modern Europe: People, Things, Forms of Knowledge

1st Edition

Bronwen Wilson, Paul Yachnin
May 16, 2011

The book looks at how people, things, and new forms of knowledge created "publics" in early modern Europe, and how publics changed the shape of early modern society. The focus is on what the authors call "making publics" — the active creation of new forms of association that allowed people to...

Moral Play and Counterpublic

Moral Play and Counterpublic

1st Edition

Ineke Murakami
February 07, 2011

In this study, Murakami overturns the misconception that popular English morality plays were simple medieval vehicles for disseminating conservative religious doctrine. On the contrary, Murakami finds that moral drama came into its own in the sixteenth century as a method for challenging normative...

Prophecy and Sibylline Imagery in the Renaissance: Shakespeare’s Sibyls

Prophecy and Sibylline Imagery in the Renaissance: Shakespeare’s Sibyls

1st Edition

Jessica L. Malay
April 07, 2010

This book restores the rich tradition of the Sibyls to the position of prominence they once held in the culture and society of the English Renaissance. The sibyls — figures from classical antiquity — played important roles in literature, scholarship and art of the period, exerting a powerful...

Staging Early Modern Romance: Prose Fiction, Dramatic Romance, and Shakespeare

Staging Early Modern Romance: Prose Fiction, Dramatic Romance, and Shakespeare

1st Edition

Mary Ellen Lamb, Valerie Wayne
January 26, 2010

This collection recovers the continuities between three forms of romance that have often been separated from one another in critical discourse: early modern prose fiction, the dramatic romances staged in England during the 1570s and 1580s, and Shakespeare’s late plays. Although Pericles, Cymbeline,...

Performing Race and Torture on the Early Modern Stage

Performing Race and Torture on the Early Modern Stage

1st Edition

Ayanna Thompson
January 10, 2009

Performing Race and Torture on the Early Modern Stage provides the first sustained reading of Restoration plays through a performance theory lens. This approach shows that an analysis of the conjoined performances of torture and race not only reveals the early modern interest in the nature of...

The Popular Culture of Shakespeare, Spenser and Jonson

The Popular Culture of Shakespeare, Spenser and Jonson

1st Edition

Mary Ellen Lamb
June 15, 2008

Breaking new ground by considering productions of popular culture from above, rather than from below, this book draws on theorists of cultural studies, such as Pierre Bourdieu, Roger Chartier and John Fiske to synthesize work from disparate fields and present new readings of well-known literary...

Stillness in Motion in the Seventeenth-Century Theatre

Stillness in Motion in the Seventeenth-Century Theatre

1st Edition

P.A. Skantze
December 30, 2007

Stillness in Motion in the Seventeenth Century Theatre provides a comprehensive examination of this aesthetic theory. The author investigates this aesthetic history as a form of artistic creation, philosophical investigation, a way of representing and manipulating ideas about gender and a way of...

Dramatists and their Manuscripts in the Age of Shakespeare, Jonson, Middleton and Heywood: Authorship, Authority and the Playhouse

Dramatists and their Manuscripts in the Age of Shakespeare, Jonson, Middleton and Heywood: Authorship, Authority and the Playhouse

1st Edition

Grace Ioppolo
January 18, 2006

This book presents new evidence about the ways in which English Renaissance dramatists such as William Shakespeare, Ben Jonson, Thomas Heywood, John Fletcher and Thomas Middleton composed their plays and the degree to which they participated in the dissemination of their texts to theatrical...

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