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Shakespeare and the Culture of Paradox

by Peter G. Platt

Peter Platt here examines Renaissance culture through the lens of paradox. Specifically, he analyzes paradoxes surrounding geography, equity law, and the acting in and witnessing of the Elizabethan-Jacobean...


Emissaries in Early Modern Literature and Culture: Mediation, Transmission, Traffic, 1550-1700

by Brinda Charry & Gitanjali Shahani

With its focus on early modern emissaries and their role in England's expansionary ventures and cross-cultural encounters across the globe, this collection takes up the literary and cultural productions and...


Shakespeare's Companies: William Shakespeare's Early Career and the Acting Companies, 1577-1594

by Terence G. Schoone-Jongen

Focusing on an often neglected period in Elizabethan theater studies, the 1580s and 1590s, this study considers the plausibility of various biographers' claims about Shakespeare's involvement with different...


The Cartographic Imagination in Early Modern England: Re-Writing the World in Marlowe, Spenser, Raleigh and Marvell

by D.K. Smith

Working from a cultural studies perspective, author D. K. Smith here examines a broad range of medieval and Renaissance maps and literary texts to explore the effects of geography on Tudor-Stuart cultural perceptions....


Jane Austen & Charles Darwin: Naturalists and Novelists

by Peter W. Graham

Are Austen and Darwin the two great English empiricists of the nineteenth century? Peter W. Graham brings these two icons of nineteenth-century British culture into intellectual conversation by situating both...


New Men in Trollope's Novels: Rewriting the Victorian Male

by Margaret Markwick

New Men in Trollope's Novels challenges the popular construction of Victorian men as patriarchal despots and suggests that hands-on fatherhood may have been a nineteenth-century norm. Markwick's immensely knowledgeable,...


Intertextual Masculinity in French Renaissance Literature: Rabelais, Brantome, and the Cent Nouvelles Nouvelles

by David P. LaGuardia

Intertextual Masculinity in French Renaissance Literature is an in-depth analysis of normative masculinity in a specific corpus from pre-modern Europe: narrative literature devoted to the subject of adultery...


British Short Fiction in the Early Nineteenth Century: The Rise of the Tale

by Tim Killick

Contextualizing British short fiction within the broader context of Romantic-era print culture, Tim Killick argues that authors such as Washington Irving, Mary Russell Mitford, and James Hogg championed the...


Education and Women in the Early Modern Hispanic World

by Elizabeth Teresa Howe

Considering the presence and influence of educated women of letters in Spain and New Spain, and drawing from a wide variety of sources, this study looks at the life and work of early modern women who advocated...


The Culture of Cloth in Early Modern England: Textual Constructions of a National Identity

by Roze Hentschell

Exploring the intersections between the culture of the wool broadcloth industry and the imaginative literature of the early modern period, this study shows how the culture of the cloth industry was intrinsically...


Figuring Modesty in Feminist Discourse Across the Americas, 1633-1700

by Tamara Harvey

Inventive in its approach, this study offers fresh readings of the arguments and practices of four seventeenth-century Euro-American women: Anne Bradstreet, Anne Hutchinson, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, and Marie...


The Human Satan in Seventeenth-Century English Literature: From Milton to Rochester

by Nancy Rosenfeld

Tracing the literary development of the satanic form into a humanized form, Nancy Rosenfeld looks anew at well known texts by four seventeenth-century English writers-John Milton, John Bunyan, George Etherege...


Court Politics, Culture and Literature in Scotland and England, 1500-1540

by Jon Robinson

The focus of this study is court literature in early sixteenth-century England and Scotland. Author Jon Robinson examines courtly poetry and drama in the context of a complex system of entertainment, education,...


Philip Sidney and the Poetics of Renaissance Cosmopolitanism

by Robert E. Stillman

Offering a fresh interpretation of Philip Sidney's Defence of Poesy, Robert E. Stillman's intellectually ambitious study challenges traditional scholarship by identifying the impact of his education by the followers...


Radical Comedy in Early Modern England: Contexts, Cultures, Performances

by Rick Bowers

Identifying a pattern of social defiance, this book explores the radical nature of early modern English comedy and uses comedy as a means to observe changes in human behavior common to the Renaissance. Bowers...


Style and the Nineteenth-Century British Critic: Sincere Mannerisms

by Jason Camlot

In analyzing the nonfiction works of writers such as John Wilson, J. S. Mill, De Quincy, Ruskin, Arnold, Pater, and Wilde, Jason Camlot provides an important context for the nineteenth-century critics' changing...


Wordsworth and the Writing of the Nation

by James M. Garrett

Examining Wordsworth's writing and publishing against the contemporaneous emergence of the national census, national survey, and national museum, Garrett argues, reveals Wordsworth not as a fading and withdrawn...


The Unsung Artistry of George Orwell: The Novels from Burmese Days to Nineteen Eighty-Four

by Loraine Saunders

In a timely and radically new reappraisal of George Orwell's fiction, Loraine Saunders reads Orwell's novels as tales of successful emancipation rather than as fables of failure. Contending that Orwell's artistic...


Private Sphere to World Stage from Austen to Eliot

by Elizabeth Sabiston

Elizabeth Sabiston examines works by Jane Austen, Charlotte and Emily Brontë, Elizabeth Gaskell, and George Eliot, offering a fresh perspective on the transition of women writers from the private to the public...


Pre-Colonial Africa in Colonial African Narratives: From Ethiopia Unbound to Things Fall Apart, 1911-1958

by Donald R. Wehrs

Donald Wehrs explores pioneering narrative representations of pre-colonial African history and society in texts by Casely Hayford, Alhaji Sir Abubaker Tafawa Balewa, Paul Hazoumé, D.O. Fagunwa, Amos Tutuola,...