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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. Patrons and Patron Saints in Early Modern English Literature

    By Alison Chapman

    Series: Routledge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture

    This book visits the fact that, in the pre-modern world, saints and lords served structurally similar roles, acting as patrons to those beneath them on the spiritual or social ladder with the word "patron" used to designate both types of elite sponsor. Chapman argues that this elision of patron...

    Published December 5th 2012 by Routledge

  2. Women, Murder, and Equity in Early Modern England

    By Randall Martin

    Series: Routledge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture

    This book presents the first comprehensive study of over 120 printed news reports of murders and infanticides committed by early modern women. It offers an interdisciplinary analysis of female homicide in post-Reformation news formats ranging from ballads to newspapers. Individual cases are...

    Published October 10th 2012 by Routledge

  3. Ecocriticism and Early Modern English Literature

    Green Pastures

    By Todd A. Borlik

    Series: Routledge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture

    In this timely new study, Todd A. Borlik reveals the surprisingly rich potential for the emergent "green" criticism to yield fresh insights into early modern English literature. Deftly avoiding the anachronistic casting of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century authors as modern environmentalists, he...

    Published May 30th 2012 by Routledge

  4. Representing the Plague in Early Modern England

    Edited by Rebecca Totaro, Ernest B. Gilman

    Series: Routledge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture

    This collection offers readers a timely encounter with the historical experience of people adapting to a pandemic emergency and the corresponding narrative representation of that crisis, as early modern writers transformed the plague into literature. The essays examine the impact of the plague on...

    Published April 20th 2012 by Routledge

  5. Family and the State in Early Modern Revenge Drama

    Economies of Vengeance

    By Chris McMahon

    Series: Routledge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture

    In this book, McMahon considers Early Modern revenge plays from a political science perspective, paying particular attention to the construction of family and state institutions. Plays set for close study are The Spanish Tragedy, Hamlet, The Revenger’s Tragedy, The Malcontent and The Duchess of...

    Published December 22nd 2011 by Routledge

  6. Fictions of Old Age in Early Modern Literature and Culture

    By Nina Taunton

    Series: Routledge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture

    Fiction of Old Age in Early Modern Literature and Culture is a new and timely exploration of the issues and circumstances at work in representations of old age in the early modern period. It deals with both factual and literary material drawn from a range of genres as a means of rounding out...

    Published August 15th 2011 by Routledge

  7. Making Publics in Early Modern Europe

    People, Things, Forms of Knowledge

    Edited by Bronwen Wilson, Paul Yachnin

    Series: Routledge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture

    The book looks at how people, things, and new forms of knowledge created "publics" in early modern Europe, and how publics changed the shape of early modern society. The focus is on what the authors call "making publics" — the active creation of new forms of association that allowed people to...

    Published May 16th 2011 by Routledge

  8. Moral Play and Counterpublic

    By Ineke Murakami

    Series: Routledge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture

    In this study, Murakami overturns the misconception that popular English morality plays were simple medieval vehicles for disseminating conservative religious doctrine. On the contrary, Murakami finds that moral drama came into its own in the sixteenth century as a method for challenging normative...

    Published February 7th 2011 by Routledge

  9. Prophecy and Sibylline Imagery in the Renaissance

    Shakespeare’s Sibyls

    By Jessica L. Malay

    Series: Routledge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture

    This book restores the rich tradition of the Sibyls to the position of prominence they once held in the culture and society of the English Renaissance. The sibyls — figures from classical antiquity — played important roles in literature, scholarship and art of the period, exerting a powerful...

    Published April 7th 2010 by Routledge

  10. Staging Early Modern Romance

    Prose Fiction, Dramatic Romance, and Shakespeare

    Edited by Mary Ellen Lamb, Valerie Wayne

    Series: Routledge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture

    This collection recovers the continuities between three forms of romance that have often been separated from one another in critical discourse: early modern prose fiction, the dramatic romances staged in England during the 1570s and 1580s, and Shakespeare’s late plays. Although Pericles, Cymbeline,...

    Published January 26th 2010 by Routledge