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Routledge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture


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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.

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The Hawthornden Manuscripts of William Fowler and the Jacobean Court 1603–1612

The Hawthornden Manuscripts of William Fowler and the Jacobean Court 1603–1612

1st Edition

Allison L. Steenson
September 08, 2020

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 ...

Household Servants in Early Modern Domestic Tragedy

Household Servants in Early Modern Domestic Tragedy

1st Edition

Iman Sheeha
June 15, 2020

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, ...

Guido Cavalcanti Poet of the Rational Animal

Guido Cavalcanti: Poet of the Rational Animal

1st Edition

Gregory B. Stone
March 11, 2020

Guido Cavalcanti, Dante’s intellectual mentor, is widely considered among the greatest Italian lyric poets; his famous and notoriously difficult philosophical canzone Donna me prega is often characterized as the most studied lyric poem in Italian literature. This book situates Cavalcanti’s poetry ...

Lacan, Foucault, and the Malleable Subject in Early Modern English Utopian Literature

Lacan, Foucault, and the Malleable Subject in Early Modern English Utopian Literature

1st Edition

Dan Mills
February 17, 2020

Theoretically informed scholarship on early modern English utopian literature has largely focused on Marxist interpretation of these texts in an attempt to characterize them as proto- Marxist. The present volume instead focuses on subjectivity in early modern English utopian writing by using these ...

John Dryden and His Readers: 1700

John Dryden and His Readers: 1700

1st Edition

Winifred Ernst
December 11, 2019

Dryden at the end of his life was admired, perhaps even beloved, by many in England, and his greatest skill over his long career—his controlled detachment—uniquely positioned him to write of both history and politics in 1700. His narrative poetry was popular among Whigs and Tories, women and men, ...

Milton, Music and Literary Interpretation Reading through the Spirit

Milton, Music and Literary Interpretation: Reading through the Spirit

1st Edition

David Ainsworth
November 20, 2019

Milton, Music and Literary Interpretation: Reading through the Spirit constructs a musical methodology for interpreting literary text drawn out of John Milton’s poetry and prose. Analyzing the linkage between music and the Holy Spirit in Milton’s work, it focuses on harmony and its relationship to ...

Royalists and Royalism in 17th-Century Literature Exploring Abraham Cowley

Royalists and Royalism in 17th-Century Literature: Exploring Abraham Cowley

1st Edition

Philip Major
September 25, 2019

Author of plays, love-lyrics, essays and, among other works, The Civil War, the Davideis and the Pindarique Odes, Abraham Cowley made a deep impression on seventeenth-century letters, attested by his extravagant funeral and his burial next to Chaucer and Spenser in Westminster Abbey. Ejected from ...

Dissent and Authority in Early Modern Ireland The English Problem from Bale to Shakespeare

Dissent and Authority in Early Modern Ireland: The English Problem from Bale to Shakespeare

1st Edition

Jane Yeang Chui Wong
July 10, 2019

Dissent and Authority in Early Modern Ireland: The English Problem from Bale to Shakespeare examines the problems that beset the Tudor administration of Ireland through a range of selected 16th century English narratives. This book is primarily concerned with the period between 1541 and 1603. This ...

Milton and the New Scientific Age Poetry, Science, Fiction

Milton and the New Scientific Age: Poetry, Science, Fiction

1st Edition

Catherine Gimelli Martin
April 16, 2019

Milton and the New Scientific Age represents significant advantages over all previous volumes on the subject of Milton and science, as it includes contributions from top scholars and prominent beginners in a broad number of fields. Most of these fields have long dominated work in both Milton and ...

Intricate Movements Experimental Thinking and Human Analogies in Sidney and Spenser

Intricate Movements: Experimental Thinking and Human Analogies in Sidney and Spenser

1st Edition

Bradley Davin Tuggle
March 07, 2019

Renaissance humanism takes as one of its subjects for inquiry the category of the human itself. As Intricate Movements: Experimental Thinking and Human Analogies in Sidney and Spenser shows, late sixteenth-century English poets found some remarkably radical ways to interrogate and redefine the ...

Anti-Black Racism in Early Modern English Drama The Other “Other”

Anti-Black Racism in Early Modern English Drama: The Other “Other”

1st Edition

Matthieu Chapman
January 17, 2019

This is the first book to deploy the methods and ensemble of questions from Afro-pessimism to engage and interrogate the methods of Early Modern English studies. Using contemporary Afro-pessimist theories to provide a foundation for structural analyses of race in the Early Modern Period, it engages...

Fortification and Its Discontents from Shakespeare to Milton Trouble in the Walled City

Fortification and Its Discontents from Shakespeare to Milton: Trouble in the Walled City

1st Edition

Adam N. McKeown
January 07, 2019

Fortification and Its Discontents from Shakespeare to Milton gives new coherence to the literature of the early modern Atlantic world by placing it in the context of radical changes to urban space following the Italian War of 1494-1498. The new walled city that emerged in the sixteenth and ...

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