Reading the Renaissance, first published in 1996, is a collection of essays discussing the literature, drama, poetics and culture of the Renaissance period. The Renaissance, which extends from about 1300 to 1700 depending on the country, was originally a rebirth of the arts but has also come to apply to the wider cultural change in the face of modernization.
The essays represent a plural Renaissance and explore the boundaries between genre and gender, languages and literatures, reading and criticism, the Renaissance and the medieval, the early modern and the postmodern, world and theatre. There is also a plurality of methods that is fitting for the variety of topics and the richness of the Renaissance.
This book is ideal for students of literature and theatre studies.
1. Reading the Renaissance: An Introduction Jonathan Hart; Part 1: The Text, the Reader, and the Self; 2. Ritual and Text in the Renaissance Thomas M. Greene 3. Reading in the French Renaissance: Textual Communities, Boredom, Privacy Steven Rendall 4. Reading Ultima Verba: Commemoration and Friendship in Montaigne’s Writing Lisa Neal; Part 2: Gender and Genre; 5. Gender Ideologies, Women Writers, and the Problem of Patronage in Early Modern Italy and France: Issues and Frameworks Carla Freccero 6. Female Transvestism and Male Self-Fashioning in As You Like It and La vida es sueno Katy Emck; Part 3: Continuities and Discontinuities; 7. The Ends of Renaissance Comedy Jonathan Hart 8. Troilus and Cressida: Voices in the Darkness of Troy Robert Rawdon Wilson and Edward Milowicki 9. Two Tents on Bosworth Field: Richard III V. iii, iv, v Harry Levin 10. As They Did in the Golden World: Romantic Rapture and Semantic Rupture in As You Like It Keir Elam; Part 4: Anticipations; 11. Noble Deeds and the Secret Singulatiry: Hamlet and Phedre Paul Morrison 12. Narrative and Theatre: From Manuel Puig to Lope de Vega Richard A. Young; Notes; Work Cited; Contributors; Index
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