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Routledge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture

From Shakespeare to Jonson, Routledge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture looks at both the literature and culture of the early modern period. This series is our home for cutting-edge, upper-level scholarly studies and edited collections. Considering literature alongside theatre, popular culture, race, gender, ecology, space, and other subjects, titles are characterized by dynamic interventions into established subjects and innovative studies on emerging topics.

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1-10 of 25 results in Routledge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture
  1. Writing, Geometry and Space in Seventeenth-Century England and America

    Circles in the Sand

    By Jess Edwards

    Series: Routledge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture

    The early modern map has come to mark the threshold of modernity, cutting through the layered customs of Medieval parochialism with its clean, expansive geometries. Re-thinking the role played by mathematics and cartography in the English seventeenth century, this book argues that the cultural...

    Published December 3rd 2014 by Routledge

  2. Narrative Developments from Chaucer to Defoe

    Edited by Gerd Bayer, Ebbe Klitgard

    Series: Routledge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture

    This collection analyzes how narrative technique developed from the late Middle Ages to the beginning of the 18th century. Taking Chaucer’s influential Middle English works as the starting point, the original essays in this volume explore diverse aspects of the formation of early modern prose...

    Published November 10th 2014 by Routledge

  3. Reading the Early Modern Dream

    The Terrors of the Night

    Edited by Sue Wiseman, Katharine Hodgkin, Michelle O'Callaghan

    Series: Routledge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture

    Dreams have been significant in many different cultures, carrying messages about this world and others, posing problems about knowledge, truth, and what it means to be human. This thought-provoking collection of essays explores dreams and visions in early modern Europe, canvassing the place of the...

    Published September 11th 2014 by Routledge

  4. Blood and Home in Early Modern Drama

    Domestic Identity on the Renaissance Stage

    By Ariane M. Balizet

    Series: Routledge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture

    In this volume, the author argues that blood was, crucially, a means by which dramatists negotiated shifting contours of domesticity in 16th and 17th century England. Early modern English drama vividly addressed contemporary debates over an expanding idea of "the domestic," which encompassed the...

    Published April 25th 2014 by Routledge

  5. Luce Irigaray and Premodern Culture

    Thresholds of History

    Edited by Elizabeth D. Harvey, Theresa Krier

    Series: Routledge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture

    The essays in this groundbreaking collection stage conversations between the thought of the controversial feminist philosopher, linguist and psychoanalyst Luce Irigaray and premodern writers, ranging from Empedocles and Homer, to Shakespeare, Spenser and Donne. They explore both the...

    Published April 10th 2014 by Routledge

  6. Forgetting in Early Modern English Literature and Culture

    Lethe's Legacy

    Edited by Christopher Ivic, Grant Williams

    Series: Routledge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture

    This collection of essays historicizes and theorizes forgetting in English Renaissance literary texts and their cultural contexts. Its essays open up an area of study overlooked by contemporary Renaissance scholarship, which is too often swayed by a critical paradigm devoted to the "art of memory."...

    Published April 10th 2014 by Routledge

  7. Friendship and Queer Theory in the Renaissance

    Gender and Sexuality in Early Modern England

    By John S. Garrison

    Series: Routledge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture

    In this volume, the author offers a substantial reconsideration of same-sex relations in the early modern period, and argues that early modern writers – rather than simply celebrating a classical friendship model based in dyadic exclusivity and a rejection of self-interest – sought to innovate on...

    Published December 27th 2013 by Routledge

  8. Making Space Public in Early Modern Europe

    Performance, Geography, Privacy

    Edited by Angela Vanhaelen, Joseph P. Ward

    Series: Routledge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture

    Broadening the conversation begun in Making Publics in Early Modern Europe (2009), this book examines how the spatial dynamics of public making changed the shape of early modern society. The publics visited in this volume are voluntary groupings of diverse individuals that could coalesce through...

    Published March 20th 2013 by Routledge

  9. Shakespeare, Jonson, and the Claims of the Performative

    By James Loxley, Mark Robson

    Series: Routledge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture

    This book will constitute an original intervention into longstanding but insistently relevant debates around the significance of notions of ‘performativity’ to the critical analysis of early modern drama. In particular, the book aims to: show how the investigation of performativity can enable...

    Published March 11th 2013 by Routledge

  10. Androids and Intelligent Networks in Early Modern Literature and Culture

    Artificial Slaves

    By Kevin LaGrandeur

    Series: Routledge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture

    Awarded a 2014 Science Fiction and Technoculture Studies Prize Honourable Mention. This book explores the creation and use of artificially made humanoid servants and servant networks by fictional and non-fictional scientists of the early modern period. Beginning with an investigation of the roots...

    Published December 19th 2012 by Routledge