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Medieval. Middle English (1066-1500)

  • Shakespeare's Authentic Performance Textsby Graham Watts

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2015; US$ 45.00

    When we pick up a copy of a Shakespeare play, we assume that we hold in our hands an original record of his writing. We don't. Present-day printings are an editor's often subjective version of the script. Around 25 percent of any Shakespeare play will have been altered, and this creates an enormous amount of confusion. The only authentic edition... more...

  • Christopher Marlowe at 450by Sara Munson Deats; Robert A. Logan

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2015; US$ 129.95

    Commemorating the 450th birthday of a major, powerfully influential English poet and dramatist, Christopher Marlowe at 450 presents a comprehensive, up-to-date appraisal of the Marlovian scholarly landscape. An international group of acknowledged Marlowe experts evaluates the scholarship and criticism of all the individual works, various critical approaches,... more...

  • At the Margin of Empireby Jennifer Ashton

    Auckland University Press 2015; US$ 29.15

    Born in Scotland in 1818, John Webster came to New Zealand via Australia in 1841 (after a violent encounter in the outback which he just escaped unscathed) and spent most of the rest of his life in Hokianga. At the Margin of Empire charts his colourful experiences carving out a fortune as the region?s leading timber trader and cultivating connections... more...

  • Milton and the Politics of Public Speechby Helen Lynch

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2015; US$ 119.95

    Using Hannah Arendt’s account of the Greek polis to explain Milton’s fascination with the idea of public speech, this book reveals what is distinctive about his conception of a godly, republican oratory and poetics. Setting Milton’s poetry and prose in the context of Civil War polemic; classical political theory and its early modern... more...

  • The World Of Hannah Moreby Patricia Demers

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 40.00

    History has not been kind to Hannah More. This once lionized writer and activist -- the most influential female philanthropist of her day -- is now considered by many to be the embodiment of pious morality and reactionary anti-feminism. Largely because of her belief in separate spheres for men and women, More has been vilified by modern-day feminists.... more...

  • The Delicate Distressby Elizabeth Griffith

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 29.95

    Actress, playwright, and novelist, Elizabeth Griffith (1727-1793) won fame in England with the publication in 1757 of the first two volumes of Letters Between Henry and Frances , letters from her own courtship with Richard Griffith whom she secretly married in 1751. Her first novel, The Delicate Distress (1769), focuses on the problems women... more...

  • The Excursionby Frances Brooke; Paula R. Backsheider; Hope D. Cotton

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 29.95

    Frances Brooke (1724-1789), journalist, translator, playwright, novelist, and even co-manager of a theater, was described as "perhaps the first female novel-writer who attained a perfect purity and polish of style." Today, Brooke is known primarily for The History of Emily Montague, one of the earliest novels about Canada, where she lived for a... more...

  • The Love Story in Shakespearean Comedyby Anthony J. Lewis

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 40.00

    In this fascinating study, Anthony J. Lewis argues that it is the hero himself, rejecting a woman he apprehends as a threat, who is love's own worst enemy. Drawing upon classical and Renaissance drama, iconography, and a wide range of traditional and feminist criticism, Lewis demonstrates that in Shakespeare the actions and reactions of hero and heroine... more...

  • Allegorical Poetics and the Epicby Mindele Anne Treip

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 35.00

    Literary allegory has deep roots in early reading and interpretation of Scripture and classical epic and myth. In this substantial study, Mindele Treip presents an overview of the history and theory of allegorical exegesis upon Scripture, poetry, and especially the epic from antiquity to the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, with close focus... more...

  • Beyond Tragedyby Robert W. Uphaus

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 35.00

    In this compact, yet comprehensive exploration of Shakespeare's romances, Robert W. Uphaus suggests that the romances bring us to a realm of human and dramatic experience that is "beyond tragedy." The inexorable movement of tragedy toward death and a final close is absorbed in romance by a further movement in which death can lead to renewed life,... more...