From Shakespeare to Jonson, Routledge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture looks at both the literature and culture of the early modern period. This series is our home for cutting-edge, upper-level scholarly studies and edited collections. Considering literature alongside theatre, popular culture, race, gender, ecology, space, and other subjects, titles are characterized by dynamic interventions into established subjects and innovative studies on emerging topics.
Human Insufficiency Natural Slavery and the Racialization of Vulnerability in Early Modern England
Printed Drama and Political Instability in Mid-Seventeenth-Century Britain The Literary Politics of Resistance and Distraction in Plays and Entertainments, 1649–1658
Cervantes and the Early Modern Mind
Literature and Intellectual Disability in Early Modern England Folly, Law and Medicine, 1500-1640
The Hawthornden Manuscripts of William Fowler and the Jacobean Court 1603–1612
Women (Re)Writing Milton
Private Honour and Noble Masculine Image in Early Modern England Sir Robert Sidney and His Contemporaries
Dante Alive Essays on a Cultural Icon
By Jeffrey B. Griswold
October 20, 2023
Human Insufficiency argues that early modern writers depict the human political subject as physically vulnerable in order to naturalize slavery. Representations of Man as a weak creature—“poor” and “bare” in King Lear’s words—strategically portrayed English bodies as needing care from people who ...
By Christopher Orchard
July 31, 2023
Printed Drama and Political Instability in Mid-Seventeenth Century Britain: The Literary Politics of Resistance and Distraction in Plays and Entertainments from 1649-1658 describes the function of printed drama in 1650s Britain. After the regicide of 1649, printed plays could be interpreted by ...
By Isabel Jaén, Julien Jacques Simon
June 30, 2023
This book explores the work of Cervantes in relation to the ideas about the mind that circulated in early modern Europe and were propelled by thinkers such as Juan Luis Vives, Juan Huarte de San Juan, Oliva Sabuco, Andrés Laguna, Andrés Velásquez, Marsilio Ficino, and Gómez Pereira. The editors ...
By Sofie Kluge
May 31, 2023
Golden Age departures in historiography and theory of history in some ways prepared the ground for modern historical methods and ideas about historical factuality. At the same time, they fed into the period’s own "aesthetic-historical culture" which amalgamated fact and fiction in ways modern ...
By Alice Equestri
May 31, 2023
Fools and clowns were widely popular characters employed in early modern drama, prose texts and poems mainly as laughter makers, or also as ludicrous metaphorical embodiments of human failures. Literature and Intellectual Disability in Early Modern England: Folly, Law and Medicine, 1500–1640 pays ...
By Allison L. Steenson
May 31, 2023
This book explores the unedited material contained in the Hawthornden manuscripts of William Fowler, a Scottish poet attached to the court of Queen Anna of Denmark between 1590 and 1612. The material is representative of Fowler’s ephemeral and occasional production, largely unknown to modern ...
By Mandy Green, Sharihan Al-Akhras
May 31, 2023
This volume of essays reconfigures the reception history of Milton and his works by bringing to the fore women reading, writing, and rewriting Milton, bringing together in conversation a range of voices from diverse historical, cultural, religious, and social contexts across the globe and through ...
By Rosamund Paice
April 25, 2023
This book is about the multiple loves of Paradise Lost and Paradise Regained: sanctioned loves and outlawed loves, sincere loves and false loves, Christian loves, classical loves, humanist loves, and love as emotion. In showing how these loves motivate the most significant actions of the Paradise ...
By Erika D'Souza
November 04, 2022
Robert Sidney, the first Earl of Leicester (1563–1626), serves as an exemplar of an Elizabethan nobleman who had in his collection a body of work pertinent to the subject of masculine honour in the private realm. Understanding the nuances and evolution of the term private honour as it is ...
By Francesco Ciabattoni, Simone Marchesi
September 30, 2022
The essays collected here join in, and contribute to, the current reflection on Dante’s vitality today in a critical, multidisciplinary vein. Their intervention comes at a particularly sensitive juncture in the history of Dante’s global reception and cultural reuse. Dante today is as alive as ever....
By Iman Sheeha
February 01, 2022
Household Servants in Early Modern Domestic Tragedy considerably advances existing scholarship on the institution of service in early modern culture and as represented on the early modern stage. With its focus on the homes of the middling sorts, to whom the protagonists of domestic tragedy belong, ...
By Marie H. Loughlin
January 31, 2022
Focusing on Mary Sidney Herbert and Mary Sidney Wroth’s use of the figures of origin, descent, and inheritance in their poetry and prose, this book examines how these central women writers situated themselves in terms of early modern England’s rich ancestral cultures, employing these and other ...