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Popular Medicine, Hysterical Disease, and Social Controversy in Shakespeare's England

by Kaara L. Peterson

Mining a series of previously uncharted conversations springing up in 16th- and 17th-century popular medicine and culture, this study explores early modern England's significant and sustained interest in the...


Mary Sidney, Lady Wroth

by Margaret P. Hannay

In this first full-length biography of Lady Mary Wroth, Margaret Hannay's reliance on primary sources results in some corrections, as well as additions, to our knowledge of the lives of Wroth and of her children....


Staging Spectatorship in the Plays of Philip Massinger

by Joanne Rochester

In Staging Spectatorship in the Plays of Philip Massinger, Joanne Rochester examines examples of on-stage spectatorship in three plays by Massinger, head playwright for the King's Men from 1625 to 1640. Focusing...


Renaissance Food from Rabelais to Shakespeare: Culinary Readings and Culinary Histories

by Joan Fitzpatrick

Providing a unique perspective on a fascinating aspect of early modern culture, this volume focuses on the role of food and diet as read in the works of a range of European authors, including Shakespeare, from...


English Fictions of Communal Identity, 1485-1603

by Joshua Phillips

Focusing on Tudor prose fiction from Malory's Morte D'Arthur through the works of Sir Philip Sidney and Thomas Nashe, this study explores the concept of "collective agency" and the extensive impact it had on...


Mentoring in Eighteenth-Century British Literature and Culture

by Anthony W. Lee

Making a case for the importance of mentoring in the eighteenth century, particularly in expanding print culture, this collection employs a variety of critical and methodological approaches reflective of the...


Herrick, Fanshawe and the Politics of Intertextuality: Classical Literature and Seventeenth-Century Royalism

by Syrithe Pugh

Royalist polemic and a sophisticated use of classical allusion are at the heart of the two 1648 volumes which are the focus of this study, yet there are striking differences in their politics and in the ways...


Writing and Religion in England, 1558-1689: Studies in Community-Making and Cultural Memory

by Roger D. Sell & Anthony W. Johnson

Exploring a wide variety of early modern religious writing in England, this volume emphizes the role of such writings in the formation of various communities, from the narrowly exclusive to the broadly inclusive....


Writing a New France, 1604-1632: Empire and Early Modern French Identity

by Brian Brazeau

Writing a New France, 1604-1632 focuses on French reactions to contact with the New World. Through key early-modern travel and missionary accounts, the author traces a French "rewriting of the self" in America....


Debating the Slave Trade: Rhetoric of British National Identity, 1759-1815

by Srividhya Swaminathan

Srividhya Swaminathan examines contemporary books, pamphlets, and literary works to trace the changes in rhetorical strategies utilized by both sides of the abolitionist debate. Suggesting that the debate to...


Autobiography and Natural Science in the Age of Romanticism: Rousseau, Goethe, Thoreau

by Bernhard Kuhn

Bernhard Kuhn's study uncovers a fundamental connection between the autobiographies and scientific writings of Rousseau, Goethe, and Thoreau that refutes the now entrenched thesis of the 'two cultures.' As he...


The Ashgate Research Companion to the Counter-Reformation

by Alexandra Bamji & Geert H. Janssen

The Ashgate Research Companion to the Counter-Reformation presents a comprehensive examination of recent scholarship on early modern Catholicism in its many guises. It examines how the Tridentine reforms inspired...


Jeremias Drexel's 'Christian Zodiac': Seventeenth-Century Publishing Sensation. a Critical Edition, Translated and with an Introduction & Notes

by Nicholas J. Crowe

First published in 1622, Jeremias Drexel's 'Zodiacus christianus' (or 'Christian Zodiac') was a remarkable work of religious iconography and spiritual self-help. Offering the first modern translation into English...


Writings of Exile in the English Revolution and Restoration

by Philip Major

Offering fresh interpretations of exile in the English Revolution and Restoration, this study explores the personal, political and religious ramifications of displacement, and shines a torch on the rich variety...


Representing Place in British Literature and Culture, 1660-1830: From Local to Global

by Evan Gottlieb & Juliet Shields

Surveying the literary and cultural landscapes of the long eighteenth century, this collection examines the many locales that shaped Britons' affiliations and identities. Essays on individual authors, a variety...


The Pursuit of Glory: The Five Revolutions that Made Modern Europe: 1648-1815

by Tim Blanning & David Cannadine

In 1648, Europe was essentially a medieval society. By 1815, it was the powerhouse of the modern world. In exuberant prose, Tim Blanning investigates ?the very hinge of European history? (The New York Times)...


A Brief History of the Late Ottoman Empire

by M. Sukru Hanioglu

At the turn of the nineteenth century, the Ottoman Empire straddled three continents and encompassed extraordinary ethnic and cultural diversity among the estimated thirty million people living within its borders....


Women and Work in Pre-Industrial England

by Lindsey Charles & Lorna Duffin

This book surveys women and work in English society before its transition to industrial capitalism in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The time span of the book from 1300 to 1800 allows comparison of...


Mary Wollstonecraft: An Annotated Bibliography

by Janet Todd

First published in 1976, this was the first comprehensive annotated bibliography of Mary Wollstonecraft's works and most of the critical and biographical comments on her in English written between 1788 and 1975....


The Pleasures of the Imagination: English Culture in the Eighteenth Century

by John Brewer

The Pleasures of the Imagination examines the birth and development of English "high culture" in the eighteenth century. It charts the growth of a literary and artistic world fostered by publishers, theatrical...