A Companion to English Renaissance Literature and Culture
Blackwell Companions to Literature and Culture 1. Aufl.
This is a one volume, up-to-date collection of more than fifty wide-ranging essays which will inspire and guide students of the Renaissance and provide course leaders with a substantial and helpful frame of reference. Provides new perspectives on established texts. Orientates the new student, while providing advanced students with current and new directions. Pioneered by leading scholars. Occupies a unique niche in Renaissance studies. Illustrated with 12 single-page black and white prints.
List of Illustrations x Notes on Contributors xii PART ONE Introduction 1 Introduction 3Michael Hattaway PART TWO Contexts and Perspectives, c.1500–1650 2 Early Tudor Humanism 13Mary Thomas Crane 3 English Reformations 27Patrick Collinson 4 Platonism, Stoicism, Scepticism and Classical Imitation 44Sarah Hutton 5 History 58Patrick Collinson 6 The English Language of the Early Modern Period 71N. F. Blake 7 Publication: Print and Manuscript 81Michelle O’Callaghan 8 Literacy and Education 95Jean R. Brink 9 Court and Coterie Culture 106Curtis Perry 10 The Literature of the Metropolis 119John A. Twyning 11 Playhouses and the Role of Drama 133Michael Hattaway 12 The Writing of Travel 148Peter Womack PART THREE Readings 13 Translations of the Bible 165Gerald Hammond 14 A Reading of Wyatt’s ‘Who so list to hunt’ 176Rachel Falconer 15 Courtship and Counsel: John Lyly’s Campaspe 187Greg Walker 16 Spenser’s Faerie Queene, Book V: Poetry, Politics and Justice 195Judith H. Anderson 17 Kyd’s The Spanish Tragedy 206A. J. Piesse 18 Donne’s ‘Nineteenth Elegy’ 215Germaine Greer 19 Lanyer’s ‘The Description of Cookham’ and Jonson’s ‘To Penshurst’ 224Nicole Pohl 20 Bacon’s ‘Of Simulation and Dissimulation’ 233Martin Dzelzainis 21 Lancelot Andrewes’s Good Friday 1604 Sermon 241Richard Harries 22 Herbert’s ‘The Elixir’ 249Judith Weil 23 The Heart of the Labyrinth: Mary Wroth’s Pamphilia to Amphilanthus 257Robyn Bolam 24 The Critical Elegy 267John Lyon 25 Ford, Mary Wroth, and the Final Scene of ’Tis Pity She’s a Whore 276Robyn Bolam PART FOUR Genres and Modes 26 Theories of Literary Kinds 287John Roe 27 Allegory 298Clara Mucci 28 Pastoral 307Michelle O’Callaghan 29 Romance 317Helen Moore 30 Epic 327Rachel Falconer 31 The Position of Poetry: Making and Defending Renaissance Poetics 340Arthur F. Kinney 32 The English Print, c.1550–c.1650 352Malcolm Jones 33 Traditions of Complaint and Satire 367John N. King 34 Love Poetry 378Diana E. Henderson 35 Erotic Poems 392Boika Sokolova 36 Religious Verse 404Elizabeth Clarke 37 Poets, Friends and Patrons: Donne and his Circle; Ben and his Tribe 419Robin Robbins 38 ‘Such pretty things would soon be gone’: The Neglected Genres of Popular Verse, 1480–1650 442Malcolm Jones 39 Local and ‘Customary’ Drama 464Thomas Pettitt 40 Continuities between ‘Medieval’ and ‘Early Modern’ Drama 477Michael O’Connell 41 Political Plays 486Stephen Longstaffe 42 Women and Drama 499Alison Findlay 43 Tales of the City: The Comedies of Ben Jonson and Thomas Middleton 513Peter J. Smith 44 ‘Tied / To Rules of Flattery?’: Court Drama and the Masque 525James Knowles 45 Jacobean Tragedy 545Rowland Wymer 46 Caroline Theatre 556Roy Booth 47 Scientific Writing 565David Colclough 48 Prose Fiction 576Andrew Hadfield 49 Theological Writings and Religious Polemic 589Donna B. Hamilton 50 The English Renaissance Essay: Churchyard, Cornwallis, Florio’s Montaigne and Bacon 600John Lee 51 Diaries 609Elizabeth Clarke 52 Letters 615Jonathan Gibson PART FIVE Issues and Debates 53 Rhetoric 623Marion Trousdale 54 Identity 634A. J. Piesse 55 Was There a Renaissance Feminism? 644Jean E. Howard 56 The Debate on Witchcraft 653James Sharpe 57 Reconstructing the Past: History, Historicism, Histories 662James R. Siemon 58 Sexuality: A Renaissance Category? 674James Knowles 59 Race: A Renaissance Category? 690Margo Hendricks 60 Writing the Nation 699Nicola Royan Index 709
"The inclusivity and scholarship of this Companion builds on the excellence of the earlier edition. Any university library supporting undergraduate and postgraduate courses on Renaissance literature should consider adding this to their collection." (Reference Reviews, 2011) "The volume's awesome range makes it a valuable preserve for scholars and an ambitious reference for students." Times Higher Education Supplement "This impressive tome must certainly be the last word on English Renaissance literature and culture, at least for some considerable time to come." Reference Reviews
Michael Hattaway is Professor of English Literature at the University of Sheffield. His many publications include Elizabethan Popular Theatre (1982) and he has edited plays by Shakespeare, Beaumont and Jonson. He is also the editor of The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare's History Plays (2002), and co-editor of The Cambridge Companion to English Renaissance Drama (1990) and Shakespeare in the New Europe (1994).
'The volume's awesome range makes it a valuable preserve for scholars and an ambitious reference for students.' - Times Higher Education Supplement 'This impressive tome must certainly be the last word on English Renaissance literature culture, at least for some considerable time to come.' - Reference reviews In this comprehensive Companion over fifty of the most eminent modern scholars come together to offer an original and far-reaching survey of English Renaissance literature and culture. The first part of the volume considers pertinent issues such as humanism, English reformations, the development of the language, court culture and playhouses, in terms of the way in which these aspects of Renaissance culture influenced literary production. There are provocative essays on canonical genres such as love poetry and Jacobean tragedy, but also accounts of popular and occasional drama and verse, and the visual arts. The Companion also approaches key texts of the period through a number of new readings, providing original perspective and positions on both canonical and non-canonical texts. The essays include a range of approaches to a variety of texts from The Spanish Tragedy and The Faerie Queen to 'Tis Pity She's a Whore, the poems of Lady Mary Wroth, and a selection of critical elegies. In the final section, the book moves on the explore contemporary debates in Renaissance studies such as feminism, sexuality, historicism, and nation. This Companion is the only book of its kind to travel beyond the stage and is an invaluable guide for both student and teacher.
"The volume's awesome range makes it a valuable preserve for scholars and an ambitious reference for students." Times Higher Education Supplement "This impressive tome must certainly be the last word on English Renaissance literature and culture, at least for some considerable time to come." Reference Reviews
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