Renaissance Historicisms: Essays in Honor of Arthur F. Kinney

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This wide-ranging collection of essays by major Renaissance scholars, one that will appeal to a multi-disciplinary readership, demonstrates the vitality and variety of current historical approaches to studying early modern England - itself developing new ways to view the past. There is no longer just one 'New Historicism' whereby to examine past cultures but rather a proliferation of ways to excavate lost worlds.

Here are, for example, a hitherto unpublished memoir, a discussion of Shakespeare's printed texts, new biographical approaches to Tudor writers, the recovery of manuscript sources, the tracing of intertextual relations, the impact of Renaissance humanism, and close readings that join an understanding of words' ambiguity to a refreshed awareness of historical context.

Here readers will find Lena Cowen Orlin's edition of an unpublished memoir by Sir Martin Bamham's son, Steven W. May's new bibliography of King James's poetry, and Helen Wilcox's essay on ... 'nothing'. F. W. Brownlow takes a new revisionary look at John Skelton's Garden of Laurel; A. D. Cousins explores how More merged Petrarch's Trionfi and the Ages of Man tradition.

David W. Swain documents the humanist opposition provoked by Thomas Elyot's Castel of Helth; Anne Lake Prescott explains what happens to exemplarity when translators denude Marguerite de Navarre's tales of their surrounding conversations; and Christopher Martin analyses the anecdote that opens Sidney's Defence of Poetry. For William A. Oram, the sonnets printed with the 1590 Faerie Queene are less a bid for patronage than a burst of self-confidence, while Donald Cheney wittily complicates our view of Spenser's Ariosto.

Barclay Green sounds the divide between Samuel Daniel's humanism and his desire to let cultures have their pleasure. Leah S. Marcus explores the long effort to bar the Bard's door against the prowling 'Big "Bad" Quarto', while Kirby Farrell juxtaposes the psychology sustaining Shakespeare's Winter's Tale with the period's interest in witches and wonders. For Mary Ellen Lamb, the second part of Wroth's Urania imagines a world in which romance learns to live with fewer marvels. Attending to the 'subtle, subversive' Isabella Whitney, Elizabeth H. Hageman argues that her verse helped Shakespeare open a conversation about women.

Harry Berger, Jr. turns to Shakespeare's horse 'Cut', whose very name threatens sexual surgery. Malcolm Smuts examines the discourses on royal succession available in 1606. And David Norbrook sets Andrew Marvell's 'Horatian Ode' against Irish texts that raise questions about English and Irish identities. In sum, here are many texts and many 'historicisms' with which to understand them.

As Arthur Kinney has wryly noted, 'no text is innocent', and in this volume many texts are made to confess who and what they are.

James M. Dutcher is Professor of English at Holyoke Community College. Anne Lake Prescott teaches Renaissance literature at Barnard and Columbia.
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SKU 9780874130010
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Artist / Author James M. DUTCHER & Anne Lake PRESCOT

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