What did it mean to be an author in early modern England? And what can we recover about the processes and practices of authorship in the period?
Routledge Studies in Early Modern Authorship seeks to publish ground-breaking research into the activities of early modern authors that might consider: the forms, modes, and genres in which they wrote; the readers they wrote for, real, imagined, and hoped for; the conditions in which they worked, including site, space, and materials used; the culture within which they worked, literary, political, religious, historical, etc.; the mediation, transmission, and circulation of their works; the people in the social and/or professional networks of authors, including fellow writers, patrons, censors, printers, publishers, book-sellers, women, etc.; payment, economics, commerce, the marketplace; the forms and practices of co-authorship in the period, including collaboration, adaptation, and translation. The series also invites studies which seek to consider the role of the author more broadly, including theoretical explorations of identity, ownership, anonymity, literariness, truth, originality, creativity, etc., as well as related socio-cultural and religio-political concerns.
Consideration will be given to proposals for monographs, multi-authored studies, and essay collections that help to push research in these areas in new, original directions and help shape the future of the discipline.