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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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Mendacity and the Figure of the Liar in Seventeenth-Century French Comedy

Mendacity and the Figure of the Liar in Seventeenth-Century French Comedy

1st Edition

By Emilia Wilton-Godberfforde
May 30, 2017

The first book-length study devoted to this topic, Mendacity and the Figure of the Liar in Seventeenth-Century French Comedy offers an important contribution to scholarship on the theatre as well as on early modern attitudes in France, specifically on the subject of lying and deception. Unusually ...

Women’s Prophetic Writings in Seventeenth-Century Britain

Women’s Prophetic Writings in Seventeenth-Century Britain

1st Edition

By Carme Font
May 04, 2017

This study examines women’s prophetic writings in seventeenth-century Britain as the literary outcome of a discourse of social transformation that integrates religious conscience, political participation, and gender identity. The following pages approach prophecy as a culture, a language, and a ...

Experiencing Drama in the English Renaissance Readers and Audiences

Experiencing Drama in the English Renaissance: Readers and Audiences

1st Edition

By Akihiro Yamada
May 03, 2017

This book investigates the complex interactions, through experiencing drama, of readers and audiences in the English Renaissance. Around 1500 an absolute majority of population was illiterate. Henry VIII’s religious reformation changed this cultural structure of society. ‘The Act for the ...

Gender, Speech, and Audience Reception in Early Modern England

Gender, Speech, and Audience Reception in Early Modern England

1st Edition

By Kathleen Kalpin Smith
March 28, 2017

This book makes a significant contribution to recent scholarship on the ways in which women responded to the regulation of their behavior by focusing on representations of women speakers and their audiences in moments Smith identifies as "scenes of speech." This new approach, examining speech ...

Androids and Intelligent Networks in Early Modern Literature and Culture Artificial Slaves

Androids and Intelligent Networks in Early Modern Literature and Culture: Artificial Slaves

1st Edition

By Kevin LaGrandeur
February 16, 2017

Awarded a 2014 Science Fiction and Technoculture Studies Prize Honourable Mention. This book explores the creation and use of artificially made humanoid servants and servant networks by fictional and non-fictional scientists of the early modern period. Beginning with an investigation of the roots ...

Twins in Early Modern English Drama and Shakespeare

Twins in Early Modern English Drama and Shakespeare

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By Daisy Murray
January 25, 2017

This volume investigates the early modern understanding of twinship through new readings of plays, informed by discussions of twins appearing in such literature as anatomy tracts, midwifery manuals, monstrous birth broadsides, and chapbooks. The book contextualizes such dramatic representations of ...

Enchantment and Dis-enchantment in Shakespeare and Early Modern Drama Wonder, the Sacred, and the Supernatural

Enchantment and Dis-enchantment in Shakespeare and Early Modern Drama: Wonder, the Sacred, and the Supernatural

1st Edition

Edited By Nandini Das, Nick Davis
December 28, 2016

This volume addresses dealings with the wondrous, magical, holy, sacred, sainted, numinous, uncanny, auratic, and sacral in the plays of Shakespeare and contemporaries, produced in an era often associated with the irresistible rise of a thinned-out secular rationalism. By starting from the literary...

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

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

1st Edition

By Matthieu Chapman
December 08, 2016

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...

Milton's Italy Anglo-Italian Literature, Travel, and Connections in Seventeenth-Century England

Milton's Italy: Anglo-Italian Literature, Travel, and Connections in Seventeenth-Century England

1st Edition

By Catherine Martin
December 01, 2016

This book joins a growing trend toward transnational literary studies and revives a venerable tradition of Anglo-Italian scholarship centering on John Milton. Correcting misperceptions that have diminished the international dimensions of his life and work, it broadly surveys Milton’s Italianate ...

The Renaissance and the Postmodern A Study in Comparative Critical Values

The Renaissance and the Postmodern: A Study in Comparative Critical Values

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By Thomas L Martin, Duke Pesta
May 16, 2016

The Renaissance and the Postmodern reconsiders postmodern readings of Renaissance texts by engaging in a dialectics the authors call comparative critical values. Rather than concede the contemporary hierarchy of theory over literature, the book takes the novel approach of consulting major ...

Writing, Geometry and Space in Seventeenth-Century England and America Circles in the Sand

Writing, Geometry and Space in Seventeenth-Century England and America: Circles in the Sand

1st Edition

By Jess Edwards
April 24, 2016

The early modern map has come to mark the threshold of modernity, cutting through the layered customs of Medieval parochialism with its clean, expansive geometries. Re-thinking the role played by mathematics and cartography in the English seventeenth century, this book argues that the cultural ...

Male-to-Female Crossdressing in Early Modern English Literature Gender, Performance, and Queer Relations

Male-to-Female Crossdressing in Early Modern English Literature: Gender, Performance, and Queer Relations

1st Edition

By Simone Chess
April 20, 2016

This volume examines and theorizes the oft-ignored phenomenon of male-to-female (MTF) crossdressing in early modern drama, prose, and poetry, inviting MTF crossdressing episodes to take a fuller place alongside instances of female-to-male crossdressing and boy actors’ crossdressing, which have long...

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