A Concise Companion to English Renaissance Literature / Edition 1

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Overview

This Concise Companion launches students into the study of English Renaissance literature through the central contexts that informed it.

  • Places the poetry within contexts such as: economics; religion; empire and exploration; education, humanism and rhetoric; censorship and patronage; royal marriage and succession; treason and rebellion; “others” in England; private lives; cosmology and the body; and life-writing.
  • Incorporates recent developments in the field, as well as work soon to be published.
  • Entices students to explore the subject further.
  • Provides new syntheses that will be of interest to scholars.
  • All the contributors are highly regarded scholars and teachers.
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“The book considers the key concepts that are thought to have informed the texts of the period. Relevant historical, intellectual, and cultural contexts are considered by well-known scholars, who include such fields as economics, humanism, royal marriage, censorship, rebellion, and cosmology.” (Year's Work in English Studies, 2008)
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Meet the Author

Donna B. Hamilton is Professor of English at the University of Maryland. Her previous publications include Virgil and 'The Tempest': The Politics of Imitation (1990), Shakespeare and the Politics of Protestant England (1992), Religion, Literature and Politics in Post-Reformation England (co-edited with Richard Strier, 1996), Anthony Munday and the Catholics, 1560-1633 (2005), and an edition of Middleton's The Puritan (2005).

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Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors vii

Introduction 1
Donna B. Hamilton

1 Economics 11
S. P. Cerasano

2 Religion 32
Donna B. Hamilton

3 Royal Marriage and the Royal Succession 54
Paul E. J. Hammer

4 Patronage, Licensing, and Censorship 75
Richard Dutton

5 Humanism, Rhetoric, Education 94
Peter Mack

6 Manuscripts in Early Modern England 114
Heather Wolfe

7 Travel, Exploration, and Empire 136
Ralph Bauer

8 Private Life and Domesticity 160
Lena Cowen Orlin

9 Treason and Rebellion 180
Andrew Hadfield

10 Shakespeare and the Marginalized ‘‘Others’’ 200
Carole Levin

11 Cosmology and the Body 217
Cynthia Marshall

12 Life-Writing 238
Alan Stewart

Index 257

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