Expanding the scholarly conversation about anonymity in Renaissance England, this essay collection explores the phenomenon in all its variety of methods and genres as well as its complex relationship with its alter ego, attribution studies. Contributors address such questions as these: What were the consequences of publishing and reading anonymous texts for Renaissance writers and readers? What cultural constraints and subject positions made anonymous publication in print or manuscript a strategic choice? What are the possible responses to Renaissance anonymity in contemporary classrooms and scholarly debate?
The volume opens with essays investigating particular texts-poetry, plays, and pamphlets-and the inflection each genre gives to the issue of anonymity. The collection then turns to consider more abstract consequences of anonymity: its function in destabilizing scholarly assumptions about authorship, its ethical ramifications, and its relationship to attribution studies.
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About the Author
Janet Wright Starner is associate professor of English at Wilkes University, USA
Barbara Howard Traister is professor of English at Lehigh University, USA
Marcy L. North. Janet Wright Starner, Thomas Cartelli. Barbara Howard Traister. James Purkis. Susan Gushee O'Malley, Bruce Danner. Mark Robson.
Table of Contents
Contents: Introduction: Part 1 Anonymous Manuscript Poetry: Anonymity in early modern manuscript culture: finding a purposeful convention in a ubiquitous condition, Marcy L. North; 'Jacke on both sides': appropriating equivocation, Janet Wright Starner. Part 2 Anonymous Printed Plays and Pamphlets: What wrote Woodstock, Thomas Cartelli; Dealing with dramatic anonymity: the case of The Merry Devil of Edmonton, Barbara Howard Traister; Attributing authorship and Swetnam the Woman-Hater, James Purkis; Was Anonymous a jokester?: the anonymous pamphlet Haec-Vir: Or The Womanish-Man, Susan Gushee O'Malley. Part 3 The Consequences of Anonymity and Attribution: The anonymous Shakespeare: heresy, authorship, and the anxiety of orthodoxy, Bruce Danner; The ethics of anonymity, Mark Robson; Select works cited; Index.