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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 Uses of the Future in Early Modern Europe

The Uses of the Future in Early Modern Europe

1st Edition

Edited By Andrea Brady, Emily Butterworth
April 23, 2015

Is modernity synonymous with progress? Did the Renaissance really break with the cyclical, agrarian time of the Middle Ages, inaugurating a new concept of irreversible time in a secular culture defined by development? How does methodology affect scholarly responses to the idea of the future in the ...

Narrative Developments from Chaucer to Defoe

Narrative Developments from Chaucer to Defoe

1st Edition

Edited By Gerd Bayer, Ebbe Klitgard
November 10, 2014

This collection analyzes how narrative technique developed from the late Middle Ages to the beginning of the 18th century. Taking Chaucer’s influential Middle English works as the starting point, the original essays in this volume explore diverse aspects of the formation of early modern prose ...

Reading the Early Modern Dream The Terrors of the Night

Reading the Early Modern Dream: The Terrors of the Night

1st Edition

Edited By Sue Wiseman, Katharine Hodgkin, Michelle O'Callaghan
September 11, 2014

Dreams have been significant in many different cultures, carrying messages about this world and others, posing problems about knowledge, truth, and what it means to be human. This thought-provoking collection of essays explores dreams and visions in early modern Europe, canvassing the place of the ...

Forgetting in Early Modern English Literature and Culture Lethe's Legacy

Forgetting in Early Modern English Literature and Culture: Lethe's Legacy

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Edited By Christopher Ivic, Grant Williams
April 09, 2014

This collection of essays historicizes and theorizes forgetting in English Renaissance literary texts and their cultural contexts. Its essays open up an area of study overlooked by contemporary Renaissance scholarship, which is too often swayed by a critical paradigm devoted to the "art of memory."...

Luce Irigaray and Premodern Culture Thresholds of History

Luce Irigaray and Premodern Culture: Thresholds of History

1st Edition

Edited By Elizabeth D. Harvey, Theresa Krier
April 09, 2014

The essays in this groundbreaking collection stage conversations between the thought of the controversial feminist philosopher, linguist and psychoanalyst Luce Irigaray and premodern writers, ranging from Empedocles and Homer, to Shakespeare, Spenser and Donne. They explore both the ...

Friendship and Queer Theory in the Renaissance Gender and Sexuality in Early Modern England

Friendship and Queer Theory in the Renaissance: Gender and Sexuality in Early Modern England

1st Edition

By John S. Garrison
December 27, 2013

In this volume, the author offers a substantial reconsideration of same-sex relations in the early modern period, and argues that early modern writers – rather than simply celebrating a classical friendship model based in dyadic exclusivity and a rejection of self-interest – sought to innovate on ...

Performing Race and Torture on the Early Modern Stage

Performing Race and Torture on the Early Modern Stage

1st Edition

By Ayanna Thompson
January 10, 2009

Performing Race and Torture on the Early Modern Stage provides the first sustained reading of Restoration plays through a performance theory lens. This approach shows that an analysis of the conjoined performances of torture and race not only reveals the early modern interest in the nature of ...

Making Space Public in Early Modern Europe Performance, Geography, Privacy

Making Space Public in Early Modern Europe: Performance, Geography, Privacy

1st Edition

Edited By Angela Vanhaelen, Joseph P. Ward
March 20, 2013

Broadening the conversation begun in Making Publics in Early Modern Europe (2009), this book examines how the spatial dynamics of public making changed the shape of early modern society. The publics visited in this volume are voluntary groupings of diverse individuals that could coalesce through ...

Dramatists and their Manuscripts in the Age of Shakespeare, Jonson, Middleton and Heywood Authorship, Authority and the Playhouse

Dramatists and their Manuscripts in the Age of Shakespeare, Jonson, Middleton and Heywood: Authorship, Authority and the Playhouse

1st Edition

By Grace Ioppolo
November 09, 2006

This book presents new evidence about the ways in which English Renaissance dramatists such as William Shakespeare, Ben Jonson, Thomas Heywood, John Fletcher and Thomas Middleton composed their plays and the degree to which they participated in the dissemination of their texts to theatrical ...

Shakespeare, Jonson, and the Claims of the Performative

Shakespeare, Jonson, and the Claims of the Performative

1st Edition

By James Loxley, Mark Robson
March 11, 2013

This book will constitute an original intervention into longstanding but insistently relevant debates around the significance of notions of ‘performativity’ to the critical analysis of early modern drama. In particular, the book aims to: show how the investigation of performativity can enable ...

Family and the State in Early Modern Revenge Drama Economies of Vengeance

Family and the State in Early Modern Revenge Drama: Economies of Vengeance

1st Edition

By Chris McMahon
December 22, 2011

In this book, McMahon considers Early Modern revenge plays from a political science perspective, paying particular attention to the construction of family and state institutions. Plays set for close study are The Spanish Tragedy, Hamlet, The Revenger’s Tragedy, The Malcontent and The Duchess of ...

Women, Murder, and Equity in Early Modern England

Women, Murder, and Equity in Early Modern England

1st Edition

By Randall Martin
October 10, 2012

This book presents the first comprehensive study of over 120 printed news reports of murders and infanticides committed by early modern women. It offers an interdisciplinary analysis of female homicide in post-Reformation news formats ranging from ballads to newspapers. Individual cases are ...

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