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Medieval. Middle English (1066-1500)

  • Shakespeare and the Italian Renaissanceby Michele Marrapodi

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2014; US$ 129.95

    This book investigates the drama of Shakespeare and his contemporaries in the European Renaissance, in the context of Italian cultural, dramatic and literary traditions. Contributors perceive the Italian presence in early modern England not as a traditional treasure trove of influence and imitation, but as a potential cultural force, consonant with... more...

  • Disability, Health, and Happiness in the Shakespearean Bodyby Sujata Iyengar

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 140.00

    This book considers early modern and postmodern ideals of health, vigor, ability, beauty, well-being, and happiness, uncovering and historicizing the complex negotiations among physical embodiment, emotional response, and communally-sanctioned behavior in Shakespeare's literary and material world. The volume visits a series of questions about the... more...

  • Antiformalist, Unrevolutionary, Illiberal Miltonby William Walker

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2014; US$ 109.95

    Citing Milton's major prose works from the civil war through to the Restoration, Walker reveals a Milton who is antiformalist in his constitutional thought, unrevolutionary in his general socio-political outlook, and markedly illiberal on a wide range of social, religious and political issues. Walker's book is thus a highly provocative challenge... more...

  • The Roverby Aphra Behn

    Nick Hern Books 2014; US$ 5.82

    The NHB Drama Classics series presents the world's greatest plays in affordable, highly readable editions for students, actors and theatregoers. The hallmarks of the series are accessible introductions (focussing on the play's theatrical and historical background, together with an author biography, key dates and suggestions for further reading) and... more...

  • Prison Shakespeare and the Purpose of Performanceby Niels Herold

    Palgrave Macmillan 2014; US$ 45.00

    Over the last decade a number of prison theatre programs have developed to rehabilitate inmates by having them perform Shakespearean adaptations. This book focuses on how prison theatre today reveals certain elements of the early modern theatre that were themselves responses to cataclysmic changes in theological doctrine and religious practice. more...

  • The Living Milton (Routledge Revivals)by Sir Frank Kermode

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 44.95

    Various aspects of Milton are explored in this collection of essays by scholars whose reputations were, at the time of publication in 1960, perhaps largely based on their writings on more modern subjects. This had the advantage of demonstrating that Milton as a poet is "alive" and that other attempts to represent him as irrelevant to the interests... more...

  • Shakespeare and the Embodied Heroineby Lori Leigh

    Palgrave Macmillan 2014; US$ 90.00

    Shakespeare and the Embodied Heroine is a bold new investigation of Shakespeare's female characters using the late plays and the early adaptations written and staged during the seventeenth and eighteenth century. more...

  • The Pragmatics of Early Modern Politics: Power and Kingship in Shakespeare?s History Playsby Urszula Kizelbach

    Editions Rodopi 2014; US$ 83.00

    Early modern kings adopted a new style of government, Realpolitik, as spelled out in Machiavelli?s writings. Tudor monarchs, well aware of their questionable right to the throne, posed as great dissimulators, similarly to the modern prince who ?must learn from the fox and the lion?. This book paints a portrait of a successful politician according to... more...

  • The Glory of Arthurby Jeffrey John Dixon

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2014; US$ 40.00

    Starting with William Blake's lost painting The Ancient Britons, this book shows how the visionary artist and poet reworked the Matter of Britain--the corpus of legends presenting an alternative history of Britain--into his own mythology. He thus adds to a tradition of Arthurian epic begun by Layamon in the 13th century and continued by Edmund... more...

  • The First Two Quartos of Hamletby Margrethe Jolly

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2014; US$ 45.00

    It is nearly two centuries since the first quarto of Hamlet was rediscovered, yet there is still no consensus about its relationship to the second quarto. Indeed, the first quarto, the least frequently read Hamlet, has been dismissed as "corrupt," "inferior" or like "a mutilated corpse," even though in performance it has... more...