The English Renaissance: An Anthology of Sources and Documents / Edition 1

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This comprehensive anthology collects in one volume primary texts and documents relevant to literature, culture and intellectual life in England from 1550 to 1660. Through both well-known and forgotten texts that were influential at the time, the volume introduces controversies, ideas, and views on all areas of cultural interest in early modern England. Sections include:

* religion and theology
* politics and economics
* society
* education and humanism
* literary and cultural theories
* science and magic
* exploration and traffic.

Each section provides historical breadth, showing change and continuity. The English Renaissance enables students to compare the ideology, content and rhetorical strategies of 'literary' and 'aesthetic' texts with 'historical' or 'political' events and texts.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415271158
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/12/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 624
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Selected Table of Contents Introduction * Chronology * Annotated Bibliography. Part 1. Religion and Theology From Cranmer's"'Book of Common Prayer" (1547) * From Papal Bull Excommunicating Elizabeth I (1570) * From "An Admonition to Parliament" (1571) (an early Puritan manifesto) Part 2. Politics and Economics From Elizabeth's Speeches to Parliament on Marriage and Spanish Armada * From Machievelli, "The Prince" (trans. 1640)* Spenser's "A View of the Present State of Ireland" (1598) Part 3. Society and the Social From Speech by James I to Parliament on Restrictions of Who May Live in London (1616) * From Francis Bacon's "Essays" (1625 edition) "Of Great Place" and "Of Nobility" * From Henry Peacham, "The Art of Living in London" (1642) Part 4. Education and Humanism From Thomas Elyot, 'The Governor' (1531) * From Francis Bacon, "The Advancement of Learning" From John Milton, "Of Education" (1644) Part 5. Literary and Cultural Theories From George Gascoigne, "Certain Notes of Instruction" on sonnets * From Early Puritan Attacks on Stage-Playing: Gosson and Stubbes * From Spenser's "Letter of the Author's," Preface to "The Fairy Queen" (1590) Part 6. Magic and Science From Roger Bacon's "The Mirror of Alchemy" (1597) * From Galileo's "Starry Messenger" (1610) * From Robert Burton, "The Anatomy of Melancholy" (1622) Part 7. Sexuality and Gender From Aristotle and Galen on Sex Differences, and Inferiority of Women * From Stubbes, "Anatomy of Abuses" (1579) * From Culpeper's Popular Medical Texts on Sexual Pleasure and Practical Advice on Sex, Conception and Contraception Part 8. Exploration and Travel From Harriot "A Brief and True Report of the New-found Land of Virginia" (1588) *From Ralegh's "Discovery of Guoana" (1596) * From Francis Drake "Sir Francise Drake Revived" (1626)
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