Renaissance Literature and Culture

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The guide to Renaissance Literature and Culture provides students with the ideal introduction to literature and its context from 1533-1642, including: - the historical, cultural and intellectual background including religion, politics, exploration and visual culture - major writers and genres including Spenser, Sidney, Marlowe, Shakespeare and Jonson - concise explanations of key terms needed to understand the literature and criticism - key critical approaches to modernism from contemporary critics to the present...

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Overview

The guide to Renaissance Literature and Culture provides students with the ideal introduction to literature and its context from 1533-1642, including: - the historical, cultural and intellectual background including religion, politics, exploration and visual culture - major writers and genres including Spenser, Sidney, Marlowe, Shakespeare and Jonson - concise explanations of key terms needed to understand the literature and criticism - key critical approaches to modernism from contemporary critics to the present - a chronology mapping historical events and literary works and further reading including websites and electronic resources.

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Lisa Hopkins is Professor of English at Sheffield Hallam University, UK.

Matthew Steggle is Reader in English at Sheffield Hallam University, UK. He is editor of the ejournal Early Modern Literary Studies, and a Contributing Editor to The Cambridge Works of Ben Jonson.

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. Historical, Cultural and Intellectual Context
2.1 Politics and Economics
2.2 Religion
2.3 Science and Technology
2.4 Art and Culture
2.5 Social Structures
3. Literature in the Renaissance
3.1 Poetry
3.2 Drama
3.3 Prose
3.4 Literary Movements
4. Critical Approaches
4.1 Historical Overview
4.2 Key Issues and Debates
5. Resources for Independent Study
5.1 Chronology of key historical and cultural events
5.2 Glossary of key literary terms
5.3 References and Further Reading Index.

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