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16th and 17th Century Literature

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The Arcadia of Jacopo Sannazaro

A New Translation with Commentary

Translating the foundational text of pastoral fiction and poetry into English for the modern scholar and reader

Gender in Play on the Shakespearean Stage

Boy Heroines and Female Pages

Cross-dressing in Shakespeare: a context for Elizabethan gender studies

Appropriation and Representation

Feng Menglong and the Chinese Vernacular Story

How a member of the late Ming literati class creatively manipulated popular and literati culture to elevate an underrated literary genre

Gaming the Stage

Playable Media and the Rise of English Commercial Theater

Illuminates the fascinating, intertwined histories of games and the Early Modern theater

A Poetry Precise and Free

Selected Madrigals of Guarini

New translations and insightful commentary on art and courtly love in Renaissance Italy breathe fresh life into Guarini’s finest madrigals

The Media Players

Shakespeare, Middleton, Jonson, and the Idea of News

News culture in England grew—not coincidentally—as a spectacular era of theatrical production and innovation reigned


Disaster and Transformation in Homer, Shakespeare, Defoe, and the Modern World

Four thousand years of shipwrecks in literature and film

The Immaterial Book

Reading and Romance in Early Modern England

An examination of representations of books and reading in 16th- and 17th-century English romance texts and the myths and metaphors these representations create, perpetuate, and reimagine

The Culture of the Body

Genealogies of Modernity

A cultural history of the evolution of the modern body, as glimpsed at six critical moments

The Stage Life of Props

Fresh and provocative readings of familiar stage objects provide new ways of understanding theater, dramatic literature, and culture

Manning the Margins

Masculinity and Writing in Seventeenth-Century France

The first book-length study of writing, men, and masculinity in seventeenth-century France

Early Modern Autobiography

Theories, Genres, Practices

Explores the diversity and creativity of early modern life-writing

The Afterlife of Pope Joan

Deploying the Popess Legend in Early Modern England

Investigates representations of the legend of Pope Joan in Early Modern England and their implications on social, political, and religious thought

Sublimity and Skepticism in Montaigne and Milton

Boldly investigates the relationship between the sublime as an aesthetic category and the emergence of skepticism as a philosophical problem

Shakespeare Behind Bars

One Teacher's Story of the Power of Drama in a Women's Prison

An inspirational story for all teachers

Albrecht Durer's Renaissance

Humanism, Reformation, and the Art of Faith

This lavishly illustrated book provides a fresh and challenging new perspective on the life and Work of Dürer

Managing Readers

Printed Marginalia in English Renaissance Books

A sideways look at books that sheds light on the activities of authors, printers, and readers during the English Renaissance

Class, Critics, and Shakespeare

Bottom Lines on the Culture Wars

A challenging critique of academic culture and its blindspots

Everyday English 1500-1700

A Reader

A rich compendium of historical texts that reflect the English spoken by ordinary citizens of the early modern period

Shakespeare in Theory

The Postmodern Academy and the Early Modern Theater

Witty and engaging essays on the links between contemporary literary theory and Shakespearean theater

The Tremulous Private Body

Essays on Subjection

An ambitious study of literary, aesthetic, and philosophical authors on the modern subject versus the modern body

The Place of the Stage

License, Play, and Power in Renaissance England

Probes English society in the age of Shakespeare

"This Book of Starres"

Learning to Read George Herbert

A fascinating, accessible book that takes the reader on an intellectual and spiritual journey