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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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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

1st Edition

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...

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 22, 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

1st Edition

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 27, 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...

Imagining Arcadia in Renaissance Romance

Imagining Arcadia in Renaissance Romance

1st Edition

By Marsha S. Collins
April 06, 2016

From Theocritus’ Idylls to James Cameron’s Avatar, Arcadia remains an enduring presence in world culture and a persistent source of creative inspiration. Why does Arcadia still exercise such a powerful pull on the imagination? This book responds by arguing that in sixteenth-century Europe, a ...

Early Modern Constructions of Europe Literature, Culture, History

Early Modern Constructions of Europe: Literature, Culture, History

1st Edition

Edited By Florian Kläger, Gerd Bayer
February 24, 2016

Between the medieval conception of Christendom and the political visions of modernity, ideas of Europe underwent a transformative and catalytic period that saw a cultural process of renewed self-definition or self-Europeanization. The contributors to this volume address this process, analyzing how ...

Sexuality and Memory in Early Modern England Literature and the Erotics of Recollection

Sexuality and Memory in Early Modern England: Literature and the Erotics of Recollection

1st Edition

Edited By John S. Garrison, Kyle Pivetti
December 03, 2015

This volume brings together two vibrant areas of Renaissance studies today: memory and sexuality. The contributors show that not only Shakespeare but also a broad range of his contemporaries were deeply interested in how memory and sexuality interact. Are erotic experiences heightened or deflated ...

Rethinking the Mind-Body Relationship in Early Modern Literature, Philosophy, and Medicine The Renaissance of the Body

Rethinking the Mind-Body Relationship in Early Modern Literature, Philosophy, and Medicine: The Renaissance of the Body

1st Edition

By Charis Charalampous
September 17, 2015

This book explores a neglected feature of intellectual history and literature in the early modern period: the ways in which the body was theorized and represented as an intelligent cognitive agent, with desires, appetites, and understandings independent of the mind. It considers the works of early ...

Bodies, Speech, and Reproductive Knowledge in Early Modern England

Bodies, Speech, and Reproductive Knowledge in Early Modern England

1st Edition

By Sara D. Luttfring
July 27, 2015

This volume examines early modern representations of women’s reproductive knowledge through new readings of plays, monstrous birth pamphlets, medical treatises, court records, histories, and more, which are often interpreted as depicting female reproductive bodies as passive, silenced objects of ...

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