By Donna B. Hamilton

ISBN-10: 0470696141

ISBN-13: 9780470696149

ISBN-10: 140511357X

ISBN-13: 9781405113571

This Concise Companion launches scholars into the learn of English Renaissance literature throughout the significant contexts that educated it.

  • Places the poetry inside contexts comparable to: economics; faith; empire and exploration; schooling, humanism and rhetoric; censorship and patronage; royal marriage and succession; treason and uprising; “others” in England; inner most lives; cosmology and the physique; and life-writing.
  • Incorporates fresh advancements within the box, in addition to paintings quickly to be released.
  • Entices scholars to discover the topic additional.
  • Provides new syntheses that may be of curiosity to students.
  • All the individuals are extremely popular students and academics.
  • Content:
    Chapter 1 Economics (pages 11–31): S. P. Cerasano
    Chapter 2 faith (pages 32–53): Donna B. Hamilton
    Chapter three Royal Marriage and the Royal Succession (pages 54–74): Paul E. J. Hammer
    Chapter four Patronage, Licensing, and Censorship (pages 75–93): Richard Dutton
    Chapter five Humanism, Rhetoric, schooling (pages 94–113): Peter Mack
    Chapter 6 Manuscripts in Early sleek England (pages 114–135): Heather Wolfe
    Chapter 7 commute, Exploration, and Empire (pages 136–159): Ralph Bauer
    Chapter eight deepest existence and Domesticity (pages 160–179): Lena Cowen Orlin
    Chapter nine Treason and uprising (pages 180–199): Andrew Hadfield
    Chapter 10 Shakespeare and the Marginalized “Others” (pages 200–216): Carole Levin
    Chapter eleven Cosmology and the physique (pages 217–237): Cynthia Marshall
    Chapter 12 Life?Writing (pages 238–256): Alan Stewart

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    Understanding the options for these adjustments opens up new possibilities for research, on prominent writers who masked their Catholicism and on minor writers whose work has seemed to have little relevance to the important themes and issues of the period. This new understanding can also alter the valency of numerous references to concepts of loyalty and treason in the poetry, drama, and prose narratives of the period. The most commonly repeated narrative that accounts for and describes the developing literary system (Helgerson 1992, 1983; Marotti 1995) during the late 1570s to late 1590s presents one example of how recognition of these options may modify that narrative.

    Conjoined to a certain understanding of the developing literary system has been an investment as well in notions of Spenser’s laureate status and of the existence of a Spenser circle – the group addressed in The Shepheardes Calender and writers who later associated with Spenser. Among them, Thomas Watson, given his lyric elegance and Petrarchan sophistication, has seemed a particularly appealing addition. However, scholars focused primarily on Spenser have usually passed over Watson’s connections to Catholic circles.

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