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A Concise Companion to English Renaissance Literature

ISBN: 978-1-4051-1358-8
288 pages
September 2006, Wiley-Blackwell
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This Concise Companion launches students into the study of English Renaissance literature through the central contexts that informed it.
  • Places the poetry within contexts such as: economics; religion; empire and exploration; education, humanism and rhetoric; censorship and patronage; royal marriage and succession; treason and rebellion; “others” in England; private lives; cosmology and the body; and life-writing.
  • Incorporates recent developments in the field, as well as work soon to be published.
  • Entices students to explore the subject further.
  • Provides new syntheses that will be of interest to scholars.
  • All the contributors are highly regarded scholars and teachers.
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    Notes on Contributors.

    Introduction: Donna B. Hamilton (University of Maryland).

    1 Economics: S. P. Cerasano (Colgate University).

    2 Religion: Donna B. Hamilton (University of Maryland).

    3 Royal Marriage and the Royal Succession: Paul E. J. Hammer (University of St Andrews).

    4 Patronage, Licensing, and Censorship: Richard Dutton (Ohio State University).

    5 Humanism, Rhetoric, Education: Peter Mack (University of Warwick).

    6 Manuscripts in Early Modern England: Heather Wolfe (Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, DC).

    7 Travel, Exploration, and Empire: Ralph Bauer (University of Maryland).

    8 Private Life and Domesticity: Lena Cowen Orlin (University of Maryland).

    9 Treason and Rebellion: Andrew Hadfield (University of Sussex).

    10 Shakespeare and the Marginalized “Others”: Carole Levin (University of Nebraska).

    11 Cosmology and the Body: Cynthia Marshall (Rhodes College).

    12 Life-Writing: Alan Stewart (Columbia University).

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    Donna B. Hamilton is Professor of English at the University of Maryland. Her previous publications include Virgil and 'The Tempest': The Politics of Imitation (1990), Shakespeare and the Politics of Protestant England (1992), Religion, Literature and Politics in Post-Reformation England (co-edited with Richard Strier, 1996), Anthony Munday and the Catholics, 1560-1633 (2005), and an edition of Middleton's The Puritan (2005).
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    • A concise, cutting-edge survey of English Renaissance literature from 1575-1625.
    • Launches students into the study of English Renaissance literature by way of the central contexts that informed it.
    • Places the poetry within contexts such as: economics; religion; empire and exploration; education, humanism and rhetoric; censorship and patronage; royal marriage and succession; treason and rebellion; “others” in England; private lives; cosmology and the body; and life-writing.
    • Incorporates recent developments in the field, as well as work soon to be published.
    • Entices students to explore the subject further.
    • Provides new syntheses that will be of interest to scholars.
    • All the contributors are highly regarded scholars and teachers.
    See More
    “The book considers the key concepts that are thought to have informed the texts of the period. Relevant historical, intellectual, and cultural contexts are considered by well-known scholars, who include such fields as economics, humanism, royal marriage, censorship, rebellion, and cosmology.” (Year's Work in English Studies, 2008)
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