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  • 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...

  • Literature and the Idea of Luxury in Early Modern Englandby Alison V. Scott

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2015; US$ 109.95

    Exploring the idea of luxury in relation to a series of neighbouring but distinct concepts including avarice, licentiousness, indulgence, vitality, abundance and waste, this study combines intellectual and cultural historical methods to trace discontinuities in the conceptual development of extravagance in seventeenth-century England. Scott traces... more...

  • The Culture of Equity in Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Britain and Americaby Mark Fortier

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2015; US$ 104.95

    Extending the chronological and cultural scope of Fortier’s book on equity, which focuses on early modern England, this interdisciplinary study draws on politics, religion, law, literature, and philosophy to argue that equity continued to be a key word throughout the Restoration and 18th century in Britain and America. Fortier asserts that equity... more...

  • The Poet's Taleby Paul Strohm

    Profile Books 2015; US$ 16.00

    As the year 1386 began, Geoffrey Chaucer was a middle-aged bureaucrat and sometime poet, living in London and enjoying the perks that came with his close connections to its booming wool trade. When it ended, he was jobless, homeless, out of favour with his friends and living in exile. Such a reversal might have spelled the end of his... more...

  • Words Like Daggersby Kirilka Stavreva

    UNP - Nebraska 2015; US$ 55.00

    Dramatic and documentary narratives about aggressive and garrulous women often cast such women as reckless and ultimately unsuccessful usurpers of cultural authority. Contending narratives, however, sometimes within the same texts, point to the effective subversion and undoing of the normative restrictions of social and gender hierarchies. Words... more...

  • Piers Plowmanby William Langland; Peter Sutton

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

    William Langland's 14th-century poem Piers Plowman is a disturbing and often humorous commentary on corruption and greed that remains meaningful today. The allegorical and satirical work revolves around the narrator's quest to live a good life, and takes the form of a series of dreams in which Piers, the honest plowman, appears in various guises.... more...

  • 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...

  • Representation, Heterodoxy, and Aestheticsby Ashley Marshall; John Barrell; Ann Bermingham; Robert Folkenflik; Robert D. Hume; Michael McKeon; J. Hillis Miller; Mary Poovey; William L. Pressly; Claude Rawson

    University of Delaware 2014; US$ 79.99

    This book is a wide-ranging study of British literature and art from the late seventeenth through the early nineteenth centuries, one that stresses the connections between visual and verbal representation. more...

  • Reading and Mapping Hardy's Roadsby Scott Rode

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 54.95

    This book examines Thomas Hardy's representations of the road and the ways the archaeological and historical record of roads inform his work. Through an analysis of the uneven and often competing road signs found within three of his major novels - The Return of the Native, Tess of the D'Urbervilles , and Jude the Obscure - and by mapping the road... 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...