Renaissance Historicism: Selections from English Literary Renaissance

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Arthur F. Kinney, Dan S. Collins
Univ of Massachusetts Press, 1987 - Literary Criticism - 411 pages
The Renaissance is presently the focus for all the new critical theories that reexamine literary texts: feminism, Marxism, deconstruction, postmodernism, and cultural poetics. Renaissance Historicism collects some of the best essays that illustrate all the major traditional methods of historical literary criticism as well as the wide range of new critical perspectives by established authorities and important new voices. Already hailed in Studies in English Literature as the collection which caused "the New Historicism" to enter "into scholarly canonicity," this volume is both an introduction to and survey of a rapidly growing field of debate and achievement.

The range of this volume is unmatched in the viewpoints it employs and in the texts and genres it reconsiders. A new preface reviews succinctly all the methods--old and new, scholarly and critical--brought into play by the contributors. The accessibility of the contents makes this collection equally valuable as an introduction to historicism and literary texts and as a reference for future study.

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The New Historicism in Renaissance Studies
Eliza Queene of shepheardes and the Pastoral of Power
Clément Marot and Edmund Spenser
The Hegemonic Theater of George Puttenham
Senecan and Vergilian Perspectives in The Spanish Tragedy
Renaissance Family Politics and Shakespeares The Taming of the Shrew
Francis Bacon and the Style of Politics
Marrying the Rapist in Jacobean Drama
Apparel and Social Stability in The Roaring Girl
The Masques for Frances Howard
Plays on Foreign Affairs 16351637
The Gentry and Shirleys The Triumph of Peace
New Science and the Georgic Revolution in SeventeenthCentury English Literature
Patrician Carnival in Early Modern England and Robert Herricks Hesperides
Sir Thomas Brownes The Garden of Cyrus and the Real Character
Notes on Contributors

Censorship of the Jacobean Stage Reconsidered
The Nature of Jonsons Roman History

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About the author (1987)

Arthur F. Kinney is Thomas W. Copeland Professor of Literary History at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and founding editor of English Literary Renaissance.

Dan S. Collins in 1987 retired as professor of English at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. An editor of English Literary Renaissance since its inception, he was co-editor of the special issue on "Renaissance Historicism" published in 1986.

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